XPATS GUIDE

INDIA 2020

Moving or Travelling to India? Here is a brief guide on India to help you navigate such a diverse country. 

EXPAT LIFE IN INDIA

OVERALL RANKING

66

QUALITY OF LIFE

65

EASE OF SETTLING IN

49

WORKING ABROAD

59

FAMILY LIFE

47

PERSONAL FINANCE

26

COST OF LIVING

17

60% of Expats are generally satisfied. 

ABOUT INDIA

One of the oldest civilisations in the world, India is a mosaic of multicultural experiences. With a rich heritage and myriad attractions, the country is among the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It covers an area of 32, 87,263 sq. km, extending from the snow-covered Himalayan heights to the tropical rain forests of the south. As the 7th largest country in the world, India stands apart from the rest of Asia, marked off as it is by mountains and the sea, which give the country a distinct geographical entity.​

India is a country that occupies the greater part of South Asia. It is a constitutional republic consisting of 29 states, each with a substantial degree of control over its own affairs; 6 less fully empowered union territories; and the Delhi national capital territory, which includes New Delhi, India’s capital. With roughly one-sixth of the world’s total population, India is the second most-populous country, after China.

India remains one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. Apart from its many religions and sects, India is home to innumerable castes and tribes, as well as to more than a dozen major and hundreds of minor linguistic groups from several language families unrelated to one another. Religious minorities, including Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains, still account for a significant proportion of the population; collectively, their numbers exceed the populations of all countries except China.

INDIA AT A GLANCE

CURRENCY

The local currency is Indian Rupee or INR or RS for short. 

FLAG

This is the country flag for India.

CAPITAL

The capital of India is New Delhi. Located in the North of India.

EXPATS RESIDING

There are reports that between 25,000 & 30,000 expats live in India.

CALL CODE

The call code for India is +91 before all mobile and landline calls. 

LANGUAGE

The main 3 languages most widely spoken are Hindi, English & Benagli.

TIME ZONE

Indian Standard Time. IST Time Zone in India is (GMT+5:30)

POPULATION

The population as of 2019 is 1.354 Billion people. The 2nd largest.

EXPATS IN INDIA

  • AVERAGE AGE

    42.9 YEARS

    vs 

    44 YEARS GLOBALLY

  • RELATIONSHIP

    79% RELATIONSHIP

    vs

    21% SINGLE

  • WORK HOURS

    48.2 FULL TIME

    vs

    44 GLOBALLY

  • EMPLOYMENT

    20% EMPLOYEE,

    16% HOMEMAKER

     13% TEACHER

  • GENDER SPLIT

    61% FEMALE

    vs

    39% MALE

  • NATIONALITY

    US 18%

    BRITISH 12% 

    GERMAN 7%

  • RUMERATION

    22% < $12K

    19% $12-$25K  

    17% $75K-$100K

  • REASON

    #1 EMPLOYER SENT

    #2 PARTNERS CAREER

    #3 LOVE

OUR TOP 12 MUST HAVE APPS & TOOLS.

ZOMATO

A must have app for eating and dining out. Great deals.

VODAPHONE

Best phone provider for international phones.

UBER

Transport in India is hard. Ride sharing is effective.

PHONE PE

Specific to India all bills and utilities in one place.

FLIPKART

Like Amazon but local, cheap and fast delivery.

CITI BANK

Out top pick for global banking and repatriating money. 

URBANCLAP

Any work needed at home this is the must have app.

AMAZON

Navigating India can be painful. Home delivery!

BIG BASKET

Your grocery market all online and delivered home.

WHATSAPP

The number 1 communicating app.

OLA

Good to have when Uber doesnt turn up.

HDFC BANK

A great Indian bank with good foreign operations.

INDIAN SEASONS & CLIMATE

SUMMER

March - May

29 - 41 Degrees

WINTER

November - February

12 - 29 Degrees

MONSOON

June - October

26 - 34 Degre

INDIAN MANDATORY HOLIDAYS

REPUBLIC DAY

Sunday Jan 26, 2020

INDEPENDENCE DAY

Saturday Aug 15, 2020

MAHATMA GANDHI 

Friday Oct 02, 2020

There are many holidays in India covering its very diverse culture and religions festivities and all run state by state. The three mandatory national public holidays – Republic Day; Independence Day; and Gandhi Jayanti are mandatory. Irrespective of the law a company, industry, or organization follows, or whether they are public, private organizations or MNCs, every entity must necessarily remain closed on these days.

BIGGEST EMBASSIES IN INDIA 

  • Embassy of United States in New Delhi, India

    PHONE: 011-91-11-2419-8000

    ADDRESS: Shantipath, Chanakyapuri New Delhi - 110021

  • Embassy of the Slovak Republic in New Delhi, India

    PHONE: (+91) 11 2688 9071

    ADDRESS: 50M Niti Marg Chanakyapuri New Delhi - 110021 

  • Royal Netherlands Embassy in New Delhi, India

    PHONE: +91-11-24197600

    EMAIL:  nde@minbuza.nl

    ADDRESS: 6/50 F, Shanti Path Chanakyapuri New Delhi 110021

  • Embassy of Mauritius in New Delhi, India

    PHONE: +91 11 24102161

    WEBSITE: 

    ADDRESS: 5, Kautilya Marg Chanakyapuri New Delhi 110021 India

  • Embassy of Japan in New Delhi, India

    PHONE: (+91-11) 2687-6564

    ADDRESS: 50-G, Chanakyapuri 110021

  • Danish Embassy in New Delhi, India

    PHONE: (+91) 11 4209 0700

    EMAIL:  delamb@um.dk

    ADDRESS: 11, Golf Links New Delhi 110 003 India

  • Embassy of France in New Delhi, India

    PHONE: [91] (11) 2419 6100

    ADDRESS: 2/50-E Shantipath Chanakyapuri New Delhi 110 021

  • German Embassy in New Delhi, India

    PHONE: (0091-11) 44199 199

    ADDRESS: No. 6/50G Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri 110021

  • Embassy of Italy in Newdelhi, India

    PHONE: +91 11 2611 4355

    ADDRESS: 50-E, Chandragupta Marg Chanakyapuri New Delhi

  • Consulate of Mauritius in Mumbai, India

    PHONE: (91-22) 22845127

    WEBSITE: 

  • Embassy of Vietnam in New Delhi, India

    PHONE: (+91) (11) 2301 8059

    ADDRESS: 17 Kautilya Marg Chanakyapuri New Delhi 110021 India

  • High Commission of Singapore in New Delhi

    PHONE: 91 (11) 46000915

    ADDRESS: E-6 Chandragupta Marg Chanakyapuri New Delhi 

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