Thursday, July 21, 2011

Moving to Yaounde

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 Yaounde in Cameroon from Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In Sarajevo people speak Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian. In Yaounde people speak French, English, languages of Bantu, Semi-Bantu and Sudanic groups.

Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Yaounde is the capital city of Cameroon and second largest city in the country after Douala.
The economy of Sarajevo has been subject to reconstruction and rehabilitation programs after years of war. Amongst other economic landmarks, the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina opened in Sarajevo in 1997 and the Sarajevo Stock Exchange began trading in 2002. The city's large manufacturing, administration, and tourism base, combined with a large informal market, makes it one of the strongest economic regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Major industries in Yaounde include tobacco, dairy products, breweries, clay, glass goods, and lumber. It is also a regional distribution center for coffee, cocoa, copra, sugar cane, and rubber.

The overall cost of living rank in Sarajevo is 266 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations. An expatriate moving from Sarajevo to Yaounde which has an overall cost of living rank of 89, which equates it with high cost of living locations, will experience a change in cost of living of 42.1%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Yaounde is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to Sarajevo with a hardship index of 40% which is an extreme hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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