Expat Life in Sri Lanka, Colombo

I lately visited the fantastic island of Sri Lanka, and located a rustic filled with surprises.

Sri Lanka is located simply south of India, in the Indian Ocean. Once often called the Dominium of Ceylon and sometimes called the tea nation, tea plantations abundantly thrive throughout the island, with spice gardens, banana and coconut palms rising randomly to create a jungle of pure sources.

People, animals and transport appear to co-exist aspect by aspect with no animosity in direction of one another. Dogs surprise aimlessly throughout or bask in the solar in conjunction with roads, cows and goats roam round all over the place, even on the seashores (which I discovered somewhat amusing) and persons are all over the place, whether or not strolling, cycling, utilizing a tuc-tuc, motorcycle with 5 astride, in a taxi, bus, automotive or truck, every takes up an area of the not too broad street. But co-exist they do, there isn’t a anger at being caught behind a truck, merely a brief hooting of the horn to say I’m right here and want to go, politeness abounds and the expression and sounds are all of friendliness, inside a rustic that sorely wants assist at redeveloping itself for the reason that tsunami. People are poor and but happiness is all over the place…. Not only for the kid on the hip or the particular person at their aspect, however for expats and vacationers as effectively.

Tourists fluctuate in direction of the resorts and a few likelihood the areas barely outdoors of those areas, to expertise a quieter much less harassed vacation. Small pockets of expats might be discovered, dotted all around the nation. When you stumble upon these folks and chat about life on the island, there may be not a lot to complain about. Yes, generally the water will get turned off or the electrical energy, sure the web isn’t as quick as they want it to be. Isn’t that how most individuals really feel in developed international locations anyway: The sooner it will get the sooner we wish it. In this little piece of paradise, expats are usually not too involved that it takes a bit of longer to do issues right here, the persons are ready to attend, not too hasty to maneuver ahead too shortly. There was quite a lot of speak and concern in regards to the elections and security inside the nation and there are nonetheless street blockades and police / military personnel with weapons wandering round retaining peace if mandatory. However, with 70% of the inhabitants being Buddhists, the approach to life is peaceable and life simplistic.

From an expat perspective, I couldn’t fault the approach to life. As stated above, sure there are particular issues lacking, issues are slower, it takes a very good 4 – 6 hours to get from Colombo to Galle and equally to anyplace about 200km’s aside. I can’t say that the roads are notably in good situation, however in the 10 days that I visited, I didn’t see one accident. Hardships may embrace the dearth of with the ability to get from one a part of the island to a different shortly, the dearth of quick web connection, maybe the human waste / refuse, which permits for the inflow of flies, the grime which is left to lie round and lastly the dearth of funds to rebuild the nation to what it was earlier than the Tsunami.

Having stated that, I’ve to have a look at all the nice issues that you simply discover there, the great thing about the pure sources, how the nationals and expats try to rebuild the nation, the seashores, sport parks and mountains. This is really a gorgeous a part of the world.

Expat Cost of residing abstract

The foreign money in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan Rupee LKR

The Exchange charge as at 15 January 2010 was $1 = 114.217 Rupees

I’m going to interrupt the Cost of residing down based on among the basket objects:

Alcohol and Tobacco: Alcohol at Bar, Beer, Cigarettes, Locally Produced Spirit, Whiskey, Wine

Cigarettes (20s) – $3.14 to $9

Domestic Beer(500ml) – $2.50

Imported Beer (330ml) – $5.80

Wine at a bar – $6 a glass

Wine at a store – $15 (750ml bottle)

Hotels have a tendency to extend the costs of alcohol as it’s the a technique that they will make a revenue. There are many small inns and eating places which create a aggressive edge to the place you may keep.

Clothing: Business Suits, Casual Clothing, Children’s Clothing and footwear, Coats and hats, Evening Wear, Shoe Repairs, Underwear

Casual Long Sleeved Shirt (Men) – $12

Casual Long Sleeved Trousers (Men) – $20

Shorts (Men) – $11

T-Shirt (Men) – $6

Casual Blouse (Women) – $7

Casual Skirt (Women) – $12

Children’s Jeans (Boys) – $5

Children’s Jeans (Girls) – $3.50

Children’s Shirt(Boys) – $5

Children’s Shirt(Girls) – $4

Clothes are extraordinarily low cost, in Colombo an individual can get a lot of the identify branded clothes at pretty affordable costs in Factory retailers.

Communication: Home Telephone Rental and Call Charges, Internet Connection and repair supplier charges, Mobile / Cellular Phone Contract and Calls

Monthly cellphone rental – $4.36

Phone name charge – $0.05 for an area name

Internet line connection payment – $104 (purchase all tools with set up)

Internet service supplier payment – $17 (1 geg free thereafter)

Monthly cell contract payment – $2.18 (for the yr)

Mobile / mobile name charge – 90% of telephones are pay as you go,

Mobile Phone 100 Minutes Call – $38

– $0.012 – $0.05 sms peak instances

Due to so most of the nationals working abroad to ship cash dwelling, the communication prices are extraordinarily low and there are sometimes particular offers or no value is concerned in the precise name.

Education: Creche / Pre-School Fees, High School / College Fees, Primary School Fees, Tertiary Study Fees

Annual Creche payment – $4.36 per thirty days

Annual Primary faculty payment – $260 – $436 per thirty days

Annual High School payment – $260 – $436 per thirty days

Annual 1st Year Tertiary / University payment – $260 to $436 per thirty days (depending on which

personal faculty they go to)

Private education is the costliest on the island for expat youngsters to attend, nonetheless the charges in comparability to different international locations are affordable. Expats that I got here throughout spoke extremely of the training system in the nation and had been proud of the personal training that their youngsters had been receiving.

Furniture and Appliances: DVD Player, Fridge Freezer, Iron, Kettle, Toaster, microwave, Light Bulbs, Television, Vacuum Cleaner, Washing Machine

DVD Player – $87

Fridge / Freezer – $489 (LG / Whirlpool – Four yr assure)

Iron – $12 low cost to $35 top quality

Kettle – $20 low cost to $37 top quality

Microwave – $191

TV 21 inch – $244 (2 yr assure)

Washing Machine LG – $570

Discounts might be negotiated with shops on all objects

Groceries purchased in a grocery retailer: Baby Consumables, Baked Goods, Baking, Canned Foods, Cheese, Cleaning Products, Dairy, Fresh Fruits, Fresh Vegetables, Fruit Juices, Frozen, Meat, Oil & Vinegars, Pet Food, Pre-Prepared Meals, Sauces, Seafood, Snacks, Soft Drinks, Spices & Herbs

Powdered child system (400g) – $7

Plain biscuits (100g) – $0.20

Loaf white bread (200g) – $0.70

Cake Flour (1kg) – $2.80

Baked Beans (415g) – $1.92

Tuna (185g) – $2.75

Cheese: Cheddar (250g) – $6.63

Crisps: Pringles (139g) – $2.50

Autowash clothes powder (750g) – $1.57

Dishwash liquid (500g) – $0.87

Clothing Softener (2l) – $5.40

Breakfast Cereal (250g) – $2.45

Butter (227g) – $2.18

Milk (1l) – $1.40

Eggs (12) – $1.80

Orange Juice (1l) – $2.80

Frozen Mixed Vegetables (1kg) – $6.20

Cooking oil (1l) – $3.22

Olive oil (500ml) – $8.28

Can of cola (355ml) – $1.00

Local Fizzy Soft Drink (1l) – $1.30

Local Natural Mineral Water (5l) – $1.08

Tea Bags (200g) – $1.85

Instant Coffee (100g) – $6.75

Local Ground Coffee (200g) – $3.66

Salt (400g) – $0.26

Pepper (400g) – $0.35

Prices had been obtained from native grocery shops, there are not any massive malls to buy in.

Healthcare: General Practitioner Consultation charges, Hospital Private Ward Daily, Rate, Non-Prescription Medicine, Private Medical Insurance / Medical Aid Contributions

GP Private charge go to with meds – $3.50

Hospital Private ward charges – $28 per day

Dentistry – Tooth extraction – $4.35

Most expats use Bupa or the Sri Lankan Equivalent

Household: House / Flat Mortgage, House / Flat Rental, Household Electricity Consumption, Household Gas / Fuel Consumption, Household Water Consumption, Local Property Rates / Taxes / Levies

Rent 2 mattress Apartment City Centre – $700

Rent 2 mattress Apartment outdoors of City Centre – $600

Electricity, Gas, Water, Garbage per – $80 to $90 per thirty days for a mean

family, that is costly when taking family

air con into consideration

Gas / Fuel – 12 ½ kg bottle – $14

Local property Rates – Eight to 10% of worth of property

Expats can’t purchase a property instantly, this must be finished by way of a Lawyer who owns the property. Mortgage for locals is 4/5%. This is the place most expats discover the prices creep in, working the air conditioners is extraordinarily costly in addition to the price of water.

Miscellaneous: Domestic Help, Dry Cleaning, Linen, Office Supplies, Newspapers and Magazines, Postage Stamps

Domestic Rates – full time per particular person – $80 common

1 Black inkjet printer cartridge – $14

1 Color inkjet printer cartridge – $21

500 sheets printer paper – $5.23

Local Daily Newspaper – $0.17

International Daily Newspaper – $0.45

International Magazine – $20

International Airmail Stamps – $0.22

Domestic Stamps – $0.12

Domestic assist is reasonable and most workers both dwell on the property or shut by. Office provides are affordable, with CD’s and DVD’s freely accessible on the road the place most locals purchase them.

Personal Care: Cosmetics, Haircare, Moisturiser / Sun Block, Nappies, Pain Relief Tablets, Toilet Paper, Toothpaste, Soap / Shampoo / Conditioner

Body lotion (400ml) Vaseline Intensive automotive – $4.53

Toilet paper 1 ply per roll – $0.50

Toothpaste (200g) – $1.92

Shampoo (200ml) – $2.40

Some of the objects that may be bought might be costly, like lotions, sunblocks and beauty lotions. Name model merchandise are the costliest.

Recreation and Culture: Books, Camera Film, Cinema Ticket, DVD and CD’s, Sports items, Theatre Ticket

Books paper again – $10

Cinema ticket – $0.50

DVD / CD Imported – $2

Cricket ticket – $0.50 to $8

Theatre Ticket – solely in Colombo – $30

Hard cowl books are costly in the nation, however paper again books are of an analogous value to the US and UK. Cinema tickets are low cost as a result of availability of low cost DVD replicas which might be purchased on road corners. International cricket tickets are additionally stored low cost for the native inhabitants.

Restaurants / Meals out / Hotels: Business Dinner, Dinner at Restaurant (non quick meals), Hotel Rates, Take Away Drinks & Snacks (quick Food)

Business Dinner excl Alcohol – $22 per particular person

Dinner / lunch at native restaurant – $Eight per particular person

McDonalds Big Mac – $4.10

Hotel Rates 3* – $Eight to $50 pppn

Hotel Rates 4* – $80 to $120 pppn

Hotel Rates 5* – $140 pppn upwards

Take away – Can of cola x 1 – $0.70

Medium pizza – $3.50

Hamburger – $2.00

Coffee – pot x Three cups – $1.40

As in most international locations how a lot you pay for a meal depends on the place you go, the native eating places have nice native meals, in addition to worldwide flavours, we discovered a wonderful vegetarian restaurant in Galle, effectively value a go to and all costs had been pretty low cost. Some eating places do make the most of the vacationer inhabitants and serve sub commonplace meals. However, most eating places had been good with their parts and meal plans.

Transport: Hire Purchase / Lease of Vehicle, Petrol / Diesel, Public Transport, Service Maintenance, Tyres, Vehicle Insurance, Vehicle Purchase

Hire / Lease automotive – Sedan Toyota Corolla – $37.14 per day for 1 week

Hire / Lease automotive – Toyota RAV4 – $46.71 per day for 1 week

Petrol unleaded per litre – $1.23

Diesel per litre – $0.64

Bus Ticket (a technique) – $1.00

Taxi Ride – per km – $0.50

Tuc Tuc – 10 km trip – $6.00

Train Ticket 2nd class – $1.57

If you’re visiting I’d counsel you employ the native taxis and tuc-tucs, driving generally is a head-ache and unsightly expertise if you’re not used to the native norms. However, speeds don’t go over 80km on the larger roads and general a secure place to drive.

The above element are among the objects type the premise of the price of residing indexes for every basket group in the Xpatulator calculators, these prices are then used with their indexes and change charges to calculate the price of residing in totally different places.

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