Monday, August 29, 2011

Moving to Amsterdam

Today we look at moving to Amsterdam in Netherlands from Palikir in Micronesia. 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 Amsterdam people speak Dutch. In Palikir people speak English, Trukese, Pohnpeian, Yapese and Kosrean.

Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands. Palikir is the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia. The city is the financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, and 7 of the world's top 500 companies. Palikir is located on the island of Pohnpei.

The overall cost of living rank in Amsterdam is 67 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with high cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Palikir to Amsterdam will experience a change in cost of living of -4.3%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Amsterdam is ranked as a minimal hardship location with a hardship index of 10% compared to Palikir with a hardship index of 30% which is a high degree of hardship location.

Source: Cost of living Amsterdam, Netherlands as at July 2011.