Cost of Living in Angola
The cost of living in Angola can best be described as astronomical. Most expats live in Luanda, which topped the 2010 and 2011 Mercer Cost of Living Survey as the most expensive expat destination in the world, before being overtaken by Tokyo in 2012. The city remains the most expensive in Africa for expats.
The destruction and devastation caused by nearly thirty years of war have left Angola with little infrastructure to produce and manufacture goods, and even less arable land to use for basic agricultural development. As a result, nearly everything is imported and costly - even the fresh fruits and vegetables that are usually reasonably priced in even the most obscure of locations.
Transport costs are readily tacked onto anything, and as the price of petrol continues to rise, so does the cost of both basic and luxury items in Angola.
Furthermore, as large companies continue to use Luanda and surrounds as a home base for operations that look to extract many of the country's natural resources, the demand for high-quality goods and services increases.
The cost of accommodation has gone through the roof due to a glaring under supply and over demand. Low bed capacity and a lack of the kind of secure housing that can be used to entice expats abroad have set rental prices extraordinarily high. Nevertheless, most expats will find that their housing is provided and paid for by their company. If not, it’s important to factor this cost in and ensure that your salary is proportionate to the high rental costs.
For expats with children, the cost of living in Angola looks even more lopsided. As the standards of local public and private schools are far from adequate, outrageously priced international schools are the remaining option. Annual tuition fees in some cases can be as much as 40,000 USD, excluding costs for books, admission and extra-curricular activities.
Personal transport fees must also be taken into consideration. Though hiring a driver can be done quite cheaply, depending on daily needs, this can often be an unforeseen expense for many expats moving to Angola.