Saturday, August 13, 2011

Moving to Douglas

Today we look at moving to Douglas in Isle of Man from Reykjavik in Iceland. 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 Douglas people speak English and Manx. In Reykjavik people speak Icelandic.

Douglas is the capital and largest town of the Isle of Man. Reykjavík is the capital and largest city of Iceland.
Douglas is home to the High Courts and the Isle of Man Government. The town serves as the Island's main hub for business, finance, shipping, transport, shopping, and entertainment. Reykjavík is is the only metropolitan area in Iceland. As a highly modernized capital of one of the most developed countries in the world, its inhabitants enjoy a first-class welfare system and city infrastructure.

The overall cost of living rank in Douglas is 37 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with high cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Reykjavik to Douglas will experience a change in cost of living of 4.2%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Douglas is ranked as a minimal hardship location with a hardship index of 10% compared to Reykjavik with a hardship index of 30% which is a high degree of hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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