Friday, August 5, 2011

Moving to Banjul

Today we look at moving to Banjul in Gambia from Tallinn in Estonia. 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 Banjul people speak English (official), Mandinka, Wolof and Fula. In Tallinn people speak Estonian and Russian.

Banjul is the capital of The Gambia. Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia.
Banjul is the country's economic and administrative centre and includes the Central Bank of The Gambia. Peanut processing is the country's principal industry, but beeswax, palm wood, palm oil, and skins and hides are also shipped from Banjul's port. The most important economic sectors of Tallinn are the light, textile, and food industry, as well as the service and government sector. Tallinn also has a well developed information technology sector In addition to longtime functions as seaport and capital city.

The overall cost of living rank in Banjul is 292 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Tallinn to Banjul will experience a change in cost of living of -38.6%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Banjul is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% compared to Tallinn with a hardship index of 40% which is an extreme hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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