New Caledonia, Noumea Cost of Living April 2010

Country Full Name: New Caledonia.

Location: New Caledonia (Self-governing territory of France) is in Oceania, and comprises islands in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Australia.

Country Climate: Tropical; modified by southeast trade winds; hot, humid.

Country Terrain: Coastal plains with interior mountains.

Major Languages: French (official), Melanesian and Polynesian dialects.

Major Religions: Christianity, indigenous beliefs.

Country Population: 0.247 million (2008 est.) 0.249 million (2009 est.).

Country Economy: New Caledonia has more than 25% of the world’s known nickel resources. In addition to nickel, the substantial financial support from France and tourism are keys to the health of the economy.

Currency: CFP Franc (XPF).

Country Inflation: N/A.

City: Noumea is the capital city of the French territory of New Caledonia.

City Economy: Noumea has experienced a major housing construction boom within the past decade. The installation of amenities has kept pace, and the municipality boasts a public works programme.

Cost of Living: Noumea has an overall cost of living index which equates it with high cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Noumea is currently ranked 13 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.

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