Saturday, August 6, 2011

Moving to Hamburg

Today we look at moving to Hamburg in Germany from Marseille in France. 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 Hamburg people speak German. In Marseille people speak French.

Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany (second to Berlin) and the eleventh-largest city in the European Union. Marseille is on the south east coast, and is the third-largest urban area in Fance, after those of Paris and Lyon.
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. Marseille is a major French centre for trade and industry, with excellent transportation infrastructure; roads, airport, and Frances largest sea port.

The overall cost of living rank in Hamburg is 59 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with high cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Marseille to Hamburg will experience a change in cost of living of 8.2%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Hamburg is ranked as a minimal hardship location with a hardship index of 10% the same as Marseille with a hardship index of 10% which is a minimal hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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