Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Moving to Islamabad

Today we look at moving to Islamabad in Pakistan from Yaren in Nauru. 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 Islamabad people speak English, Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto and Balochi. In Yaren people speak Nauruan and English.

Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan. Yaren is a district and constituency of the Pacific nation of Nauru. It is the de facto capital of Nauru. Most of Pakistan's state-owned companies are based in Islamabad. Yaren is listed as the de facto capital of Nauru as the republic does not have cities or an official capital. Yaren is accepted by the United Nations as the main district.

The overall cost of living rank in Islamabad is 280 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Yaren to Islamabad will experience a change in cost of living of -28.9%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Islamabad is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% compared to Yaren with a hardship index of 30% which is a high degree of hardship location.

Source: Cost of living Islamabad, Pakistan as at July 2011.