Thursday, July 28, 2011

Moving to Bogota

Today we look at moving to Bogota in Colombia from N'Djamena in Chad. 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 Bogota people speak Spanish. In N'Djamena people speak French and Arabic.
Bogota is the capital city of Colombia. N'Djamena is the capital city of Chad. It is also the largest city in the country.

Bogota is Colombia's largest economic center and most companies in Colombia have their headquarters in the city. Bogota is also a major center for the import and export of goods for Colombia and the Andean Community in Latin America. N'Djamena is a regional market for livestock, salt, dates, and grains. Meat, fish and cotton processing are the chief industries, and the city continues to serve as the centre of economic activity in Chad, despite the violent civil conflicts.

The overall cost of living rank in Bogota is 112 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from N'Djamena to Bogota will experience a change in cost of living of -6.4%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Bogota is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to N'Djamena with a hardship index of 40% which is an extreme hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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