Thursday, August 11, 2011

Moving to Bangalore

Today we look at moving to Bangalore in India from Basse-Terre in Guadeloupe. 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 Bangalore people speak Hindi, English and at least 16 other official languages. In Basse-Terre people speak French (official) and Creole dialect.

Bangalore is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. Basse-Terre is the capital and second largest city of Guadeloupe.
Bangalore evolved into a manufacturing hub for heavy industries such as Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Indian Telephone Industries (ITI), Hindustan Machine Tools and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) after India gained independence from Great Britain in 1947. Within the last decade, the establishment and success of high technology firms in Bangalore has led to the growth of Information Technology (IT) in India. IT firms in Bangalore employ about 35% of India's pool of around 1 million IT professionals. Bangalore accounts for the highest IT-related exports in the country. The surrounding areas of Basse-Terre consists of forest, grassland and sugar, coffee, banana and cocoa plantations.

The overall cost of living rank in Bangalore is 191 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Basse-Terre to Bangalore will experience a change in cost of living of -4.5%.
 In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Bangalore is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% the same as Basse-Terre.

Source: as at July 2011.

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