Friday, July 8, 2011

Moving to Melbourne

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 Melbourne in Australia from Kabul in Afghanistan. In Kabul people speak Pashto and Dari (Persian). In Melbourne people speak English.

Kabul is the capital and largest city of Afghanistan, and is located in the province of Greater Kabul. It is an economic and cultural centre. Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and is the second most populous city in Australia. Kabul's products include: natural gas, cotton, wool, carpets, agriculture, and some small production companies. Melbourne is home to Australia's busiest seaport and much of Australia's automotive industry, which include Ford and Toyota manufacturing facilities, and the engine manufacturing facility of Holden. It is home to many other manufacturing industries, along with being a major business and financial centre.

The overall cost of living rank in Kabul is 239 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations. An expatriate moving from Kabul to Melbourne which has an overall cost of living rank of 17, which equates it with high cost of living locations, will experience a change in cost of living of 61.4%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Melbourne is ranked as a minimal hardship location with a hardship index of 10% compared to Kabul with a hardship index of 40% which is an extreme hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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