Thursday, August 11, 2011

Moving to Chennai

Today we look at moving to Chennai  in India from Guatemala City in Guatemala. 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 Chennai  people speak Hindi, English and at least 16 other official languages. In Guatemala City people speak Spanish, more than 20 indigenous languages.

Chennai is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Guatemala City is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Guatemala.
Chennai's economy has a broad industrial base in the car, technology, hardware manufacturing, and healthcare industries. The city is India's second largest exporter of software, information technology (IT) and information-technology-enabled services (ITES). A major chunk of India's car manufacturing industry is based in and around the city. Guatemala City is the economic, governmental and cultural capital of the Republic, and considered by many, an economic capital of Central America.

The overall cost of living rank in Chennai  is 161 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Guatemala City to Chennai  will experience a change in cost of living of 17.3%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Chennai  is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to Guatemala City with a hardship index of 40% which is an extreme hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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