Thursday, August 11, 2011

Moving to Calcutta

Today we look at moving to Calcutta in India from Hagatna in Guam. 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 Calcutta people speak Hindi, English and at least 16 other official languages. In Hagatna people speak English and Chamorro (both official).

Calcutta is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Hagatna is the capital of the American island territory of Guam.
Calcutta is the main business, commercial and financial hub of eastern India and the northeastern states. It is home to the Calcutta Stock Exchange, India's second-largest bourse. It is also a major commercial and military port, and the only city in the region to have an international airport. Hagatna is one of the island's major commercial districts in addition to being the seat of government.

The overall cost of living rank in Calcutta is 163 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Hagatna to Calcutta will experience a change in cost of living of -3.2%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Calcutta is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% the same as Hagatna.

Source: as at July 2011.

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