Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Moving to Nassau

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 Nassau in Bahamas from Saint John's in Antigua and Barbuda.
In both Saint John's and in Nassau people speak English.
St John's is the capital and largest city of Antigua and Barbuda. St John's is the commercial centre of the nation and the chief port of the island of Antigua.
Nassau is the capital, largest city, and commercial centre of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

St. John's is one of the most developed and cosmopolitan municipalities in the Lesser Antilles. The city is famous for its various shopping malls as well as boutiques throughout the city, selling designer jewelry and haute-couture clothing. There are also many independent, locally-run establishments, selling a variety of fashions. The investment banking industry has a strong presence in the city. Many major world financial institutions have offices in St. John's.
Nassau has nearly 80 percent of the entire population of The Bahamas. The city is located on the island of New Providence, which functions much like a federal district. While there is no local government, it is governed directly as an administrative division of the national government .

The overall cost of living rank in Saint John's is 227 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations. An expatriate moving from Saint John's to Nassau which has an overall cost of living rank of 63, which equates it with high cost of living locations, will experience a change in cost of living of 38.1%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Nassau is ranked as a some hardship location with a hardship index of 20% compared to Saint John's with a hardship index of 20% which is a some hardship location.

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