Friday, July 29, 2011

Moving to San Jose

Today we look at moving to San Jose in Costa Rica from Hong Kong in China. 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 San Jose people speak Spanish (official) and English. In Hong Kong people speak Chinese (mainly Cantonese) and English (both official).

San Jose is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica. Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China.
San Jose is the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of Costa Rica. Hong Kong's highly favorable geographical position and trading opportunities are wealth-generating assets.

The overall cost of living rank in San Jose is 212 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Hong Kong to San Jose will experience a change in cost of living of -46.2%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, San Jose is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to Hong Kong with a hardship index of 20% which is a some hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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