Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Moving to Bridgetown

In our series of short blogs on moving between different international locations, we highlight cost of living and other major differences likely to be experienced.
Today we look at moving to Bridgetown in Barbados from Adelaide in Australia. In Adelaide people speak English. In Bridgetown people speak English and Bajan, an English-African dialect.
Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth-largest city in Australia.

The City of Bridgetown is the capital and largest city of the nation of Barbados. Adelaide's economy is primarily based around manufacturing, defence technology and research, commodity export and corresponding service industries. It has large manufacturing, defence and research zones. They contain car manufacturing plants for General Motors Holden, and plants that produce electronic systems that are sold worldwide for applications in medical, communications, defence, automotive, food and wine processing and industrial sectors. The revenue of Adelaide's electronics industry has grown at over 15% per year since 1990. The electronics industry in Adelaide employs over 13,000 people, which is more than the automotive industry. Almost half of all cars produced in Australia are made in Adelaide.
Bridgetown is a major West Indies tourist destination, and the city acts as an important financial, informatics and convention centre in the Caribbean region.

The overall cost of living rank in Adelaide is 48 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with high cost of living locations.
An expatriate moving from Adelaide to Bridgetown which has an overall cost of living rank of 97, which equates it with middle cost of living locations, will experience a change in cost of living of -9.7%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Bridgetown is ranked as a some hardship location with a hardship index of 20% compared to Adelaide with a hardship index of 10% which is a minimal hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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