Sunday, July 17, 2011

Moving to Sao Paulo

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 Sao Paulo in Brazil from Minsk in Belarus.
In Minsk people speak Russian and Belarussian (both official). In Sao Paulo people speak Portuguese.

Minsk is the capital and largest city in Belarus. Sao Paulo, the capital of the state of Sao Paulo, is largest city in Brazil, the largest city in the southern hemisphere, and the world's 7th largest metropolitan area.
Minsk is the economic capital of Belarus. It has developed industrial and services sectors.
Sao Paulo's economy has traditionally been industrial, but it has become increasingly based on the tertiary sector, focusing on services and businesses for the country and is the Brazilian HQ for a large number of foreign corporations.

The overall cost of living rank in Minsk is 185 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations. An expatriate moving from Minsk to Sao Paulo which has an overall cost of living rank of 2, which equates it with high cost of living locations, will experience a change in cost of living of 80.2%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Sao Paulo is ranked as a some hardship location with a hardship index of 20% compared to Minsk with a hardship index of 30% which is a high degree of hardship location.

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