Sunday, August 7, 2011

Moving to Accra

Today we look at moving to Accra in Ghana from Papeete in French Polynesia. 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 Accra people speak English and African languages including Akan and Ewe. In Papeete people speak Tahitian and French.

Accra is the capital and most populous city of Ghana. Papeete is the capital of French Polynesia. Accra is the administrative, communications, and economic centre of the country. Over 70% of Ghana's manufacturing capacity is located within the Accra region. Papeete is the primary center of Tahitian and French Polynesian public and private governmental, commercial, industrial and financial services, the hub of French Polynesian tourism.

The overall cost of living rank in Accra is 172 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Papeete to Accra will experience a change in cost of living of -1.6%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Accra is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% the same as Papeete.

Source: as at July 2011.

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