Thursday, July 21, 2011

Moving to Calgary

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 Calgary in Canada from Gaborone in Botswana.
In Gaborone people speak English (official) and Setswana. In Calgary people speak English and French (both official).

Gaborone, is the capital and largest city of Botswana.
Calgary is the largest city in the Province of Alberta, Canada.
Gaborone is the center of the national economy. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has its headquarters in Gaborone.
Calgary's economy while diverse is home to 87% of Canada's oil and natural gas producers and 66% of coal producers.

The overall cost of living rank in Gaborone is 210 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations. An expatriate moving from Gaborone to Calgary which has an overall cost of living rank of 60, which equates it with high cost of living locations, will experience a change in cost of living of 33.8%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Calgary is ranked as a minimal hardship location with a hardship index of 10% compared to Gaborone with a hardship index of 20% which is a some hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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