Sunday, July 24, 2011

Moving to N'Djamena

Today we look at moving to N'Djamena in Chad from Phnom Penh in Cambodia. 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 Phnom Penh people speak Khmer. In N'Djamena people speak French and Arabic. Phnom Penh is the capital and largest city of Cambodia.

N'Djamena is the capital city of Chad. It is also the largest city in the country. Double-digit economic growth rates in recent years have triggered an economic boom, with new hotels, restaurants, bars, and residential buildings springing up around the city.
Phnom Penh's wealth of historical and cultural sites makes it a very popular tourist destination. 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 Phnom Penh is 297 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Phnom Penh to N'Djamena which has an overall cost of living rank of 85, which equates it with high cost of living locations, will experience a change in cost of living of 73.5%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, N'Djamena is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% compared to Phnom Penh with a hardship index of 40% which is also an extreme hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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