Friday, August 26, 2011

Moving to Chisinau

Today we look at moving to Chisinau in Moldova from Lilongwe in Malawi. 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 Chisinau people speak Moldovan and Russian. In Lilongwe people speak English and Chichewa (both official).

Chisinu is the capital and largest municipality of Moldova. Lilongwe is the capital of Malawi. Chisinau is the main industrial and commercial centre and is located in the middle of the country. Lilongwe is the political centre of Malawi while Blantyre is the economic capital.
The overall cost of living rank in Chisinau is 193 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Lilongwe to Chisinau 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, Chisinau is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% the same as Lilongwe.

Source: as at July 2011.

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