Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Moving to Conakry

Today we look at moving to Conakry in Guinea from Hamburg 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 Conakry people speak French, various tribal languages. In Hamburg people speak German.

Conakry is the capital and largest city of Guinea. Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany (second to Berlin) and the eleventh-largest city in the European Union.
Conakry is a port city on the Atlantic Ocean and serves as the economic, financial and cultural center of Guinea. Conakry is Guinea's largest city and its administrative, communications, and economic center. The city's economy revolves largely around the port, which has modern facilities for handling and storing cargo, through which alumina and bananas are shipped. The Port of Hamburg, ranks 2nd only to Rotterdam in Europe. Hamburg, along with Seattle and Toulouse, is an important location of the civil aerospace industry. Heavy industry includes the making of steel, aluminum, copper and a number of shipyards.

The overall cost of living rank in Conakry is 177 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Hamburg to Conakry will experience a change in cost of living of -19.6%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Conakry is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% compared to Hamburg with a hardship index of 10% which is a minimal hardship location.

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