Friday, July 29, 2011

Moving to Abidjan

Today we look at moving to Abidjan in Cote D'Ivoire from Macao in China. We highlight cost of living and other major differences likely to be experienced in our series of short blogs on moving between different international locations.
In Abidjan people speak French and Indigenous languages. In Macao people speak Chinese (mainly Cantonese) and Portuguese (both official).

Abidjan is the economic and former official capital of Cote D'Ivoire as well as the largest city.  The Macao Special Administrative Region is one of the two special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China, the other being Hong Kong.
Abidjan is characterized by high industrialization and urbanization. Major industries include food processing, lumber, automobile manufacturing, and the manufacture of textiles, chemicals, and soap. Macao's economy is based largely on tourism, much of it geared toward gambling. Other chief economic activities in Macau are export-geared textile and garment manufacturing, banking and other financial services. The clothing industry has provided about three quarters of export earnings, and the gaming, tourism and hospitality industry is estimated to contribute more than 50% of Macau's GDP, and 70% of Macau government revenue.

The overall cost of living rank in Abidjan is 57 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with high cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Macao to Abidjan will experience a change in cost of living of 55.9%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Abidjan is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% compared to Macao with a hardship index of 20% which is a some hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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