Thursday, August 18, 2011

Moving to Bishkek

Today we look at moving to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan from Tokyo in Japan. 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 Bishkek people speak Kyrgyz and Russian. In Tokyo people speak Japanese.
Bishkek is the capital and the largest city of Kyrgyzstan. Tokyo is the seat of the Japanese government.
The economy in Bishkek is primarily agricultural with the mass amounts of fruits, vegetables and livestock providing a co-existing system of bartering in the outlying regions. Tokyo is one of the three world finance "command centers", along with New York and London. Tokyo has the largest metropolitan economy in the world. Tokyo is a major international finance center, houses the headquarters of several of the world's largest investment banks and insurance companies, and serves as a hub for Japan's transportation, publishing, and broadcasting industries.

The overall cost of living rank in Bishkek is 250 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Tokyo to Bishkek will experience a change in cost of living of -58.2%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Bishkek is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% compared to Tokyo with a hardship index of 20% which is a some hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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