Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Moving to Almaty

Today we look at moving to Almaty in Kazakhstan from Douglas in Isle of Man. 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 Almaty people speak Kazakh and Russian. In Douglas people speak English and Manx.
Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan. Douglas (Manx: Doolish) is the capital and largest town of the Isle of Man. Almaty is the major commercial center of Kazakhstan. Douglas is home to the High Courts and the Isle of Man Government. The town serves as the Island's main hub for business, finance, shipping, transport, shopping, and entertainment.

The overall cost of living rank in Almaty is 138 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Douglas to Almaty will experience a change in cost of living of -19.1%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Almaty is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to Douglas with a hardship index of 10% which is a minimal hardship location.

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