Monday, August 8, 2011

Moving to Basse-Terre

Today we look at moving to Basse-Terre in Guadeloupe from Berlin in Germany. 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 Basse-Terre people speak French (official) and Creole dialect. In Berlin people speak German.

Basse-Terre is the capital and second largest city of Guadeloupe. Berlin is the capital city and one of 16 states of Germany.
The surrounding areas of Basse-Terre consists of forest, grassland and sugar, coffee, banana and cocoa plantations. Berlin is a major center of culture, politics, media, and science in Europe. Its economy is primarily based on the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of creative industries, media corporations, congress and convention venues. Berlin serves as a continental hub for air and rail transport, and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the EU.

The overall cost of living rank in Basse-Terre is 157 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Berlin to Basse-Terre will experience a change in cost of living of -16.4%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Basse-Terre is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to Berlin with a hardship index of 10% which is a minimal hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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