LIVING IN GRENADA

COST OF LIVING

The cost of living in Grenada is high in comparison to other places in the world. This is based on a comparison of locally collected prices for goods and services applicable to expatriates, converted to USD. The goods and services have been grouped together into categories (baskets) and the cost calculated for each basket in each location.

Furthermore, these baskets have been weighted based on extensive research of white collar expatriate spending habits. As a result the cost of living comparisons are applicable to internationally mobile senior staff such as specialists, professionals, managers and executives. In Grenada, of the 13 cost of living baskets, the cost of no basket is very low, healthcare average, restaurants high, and recreation very high in comparison to other international locations.

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HEALTHCARE

HOSPITALS: There are three (3) hospitals in the country namely:- General Hospital which is the largest and is located at Grand Etang Road in St. Georges; Princess Alice Hospital is located in St. Andrews and Princess Royal Hospital which is located on the sister island of Carriacou. There is also a psychiatric hospital which is called the Mt. Gay Hospital located at Mt. Gay, St. George's with a capacity of 100 beds. In addition, there is a home for the elderly called the Richmond Home which host approximately 100 beds and is located at Richmond Hill in St. George's. The hospitals provide support to all of the health centers and medical stations in the country and offers a wide ranges of services, including, ambulance, laboratory, maternal, radiology, gynaecology, eye care and testing, dental and surgery, to name a few.

The General Hospital has approximately 198 beds and offers a wide variety of in-patient and out-patient medical services. If you are considering visiting any of the hospitals there are a few things to consider, such as the adherence of a visitors dress code, complete security checks & screening, a standard visiting policy, a non-smoking policy and a zero tolerance use of cellular phones in the wards.

At the General Hospital there is a private ward of air conditioned rooms. These rooms are furnished with bathrooms, cable-television sets and telephone, and the best part is they are more than reasonably priced.

If you visit any of the island's hospitals, Health centers or medical stations throughout the island you will be sure to find a caring and dedicated team of highly trained healthcare providers, committed to ensuring your full recovery from illness.

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EDUCATION

Education in Grenada is free and compulsory between the ages of 6 and 14 years. In 1998, the gross primary enrolment rate was 125.5 percent, while the net primary enrolment rate was 97.5 percent. Despite the high enrolment rate, poverty, poor school facilities, and the periodic need to help with family farm harvests, have resulted in approximately a 7 percent absenteeism rate among primary school children.

Prior to 1968, students went abroad to pursue a higher education. The island had established a teacher-training college and acquired an extramural department of the University of the West Indies by 1974, the year of its independence, after which it founded a number of post-secondary colleges intended to train workers to meet the country's economic needs. In 1976, St. Georges University School of Medicine was established.

From 1979 to 1983 the Peoples Revolutionary Government increased scholarship opportunities for students to study abroad. In 1988 several institutions were merged to create the Grenada National College, which was renamed the T.A. Marryshow Community College in 1996.

Number of Colleges, Universities, and Technical Institutes (total): 6

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