Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Moving to Bujumbura

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 Bujumbura in Burundi from Hamilton in Bermuda. In Hamilton people speak English and Portuguese. In Bujumbura people speak Kirundi (official), French (official) and Swahili.

Hamilton is located on the north side of Hamilton Harbour, and is Bermuda's main port. Although there is a parish of the same name, the city of Hamilton is in the parish of Pembroke.
Bujumbura is the capital city and main port of Burundi.
Finance and international business now constitute the largest sector of Bermuda's economy, and virtually all of this business takes place within the borders of Hamilton.
Bujumbura's port ships most of the country's chief export, coffee, as well as cotton, skins, and tin ore.

The overall cost of living rank in Hamilton is 92 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations. An expatriate moving from Hamilton to Bujumbura which has an overall cost of living rank of 269, which equates it with low cost of living locations, will experience a change in cost of living of -29%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Bujumbura is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% compared to Hamilton with a hardship index of 20% which is a some hardship location.

Source: http://www.xpatulator.com as at July 2011.