Sunday, July 31, 2011

Moving to Roseau

Today we look at moving to Roseau in Dominica from Brazzaville in Congo. 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 Roseau people speak English (official) and French patois. In Brazzaville people speak French, indigenous African languages.

Roseau is the capital and largest city of Dominica. Brazzaville is the capital and largest city of the Republic of the Congo.
The urban structure of Central Roseau is based on an irregular grid system of miniature proportions. Exports include bananas, bay oil, vegetables, grapefruit, oranges and cocoa, services. Over a third of the population of the Republic of Congo lives in the capital, and it is home to 40% of non-agricultural employment. It is also a financial and administrative capital. Industries present in Brazzaville include: machine shops, textiles, tanning, and manufacturing. As a key port on the Congo River, the city takes deliveries of raw materials, such as: rubber, wood and agricultural products. From here they are generally sent onward to Pointe-Noire for export.

The overall cost of living rank in Roseau is 234 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Brazzaville to Roseau will experience a change in cost of living of -13.7%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Roseau is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% the same as Brazzaville.

Source: as at July 2011.

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