Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Moving to Bissau

Today we look at moving to Bissau in Guinea-Bissau from Munich 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 Bissau people speak Portuguese, Crioulo and African languages. In Munich people speak German.

Bissau is the capital city of Guinea-Bissau. Munich is the capital city of Bavaria and is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg. Bissau is the country's largest city, major port, educational, administrative and military center.
Peanuts, hardwoods, copra, palm oil, and rubber are the chief products of Bissau. Munich has the strongest economy of any German city, as well as the lowest unemployment rate of any German city with more than a million people. The city is also the economic centre of southern Germany.

The overall cost of living rank in Bissau is 101 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Munich to Bissau will experience a change in cost of living of -13.5%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Bissau is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% compared to Munich with a hardship index of 10% which is a minimal hardship location.

Source: http://www.xpatulator.com as at July 2011.