Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Moving to Karachi

Today we look at moving to Karachi in Pakistan from Kathmandu in Nepal. 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 Karachi  people speak English, Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto and Balochi. In Kathmandu people speak Nepali.

Karachi is the largest city, main seaport and the financial capital of Pakistan. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest metropolitan city of Nepal. Karachi is Pakistan's premier centre of banking, industry, and trade. Karachi is also home to Pakistan's largest corporations, including those that are involved in textiles, shipping, automotive industry, entertainment, the arts, fashion, advertising, publishing, software development and medical research. Kathmandu is the most important industrial and commercial centre of Nepal and the headquarters of most companies, banks and organizations in the country are located here.

The overall cost of living rank in Karachi  is 286 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Kathmandu to Karachi  will experience a change in cost of living of -1.8%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Karachi  is ranked as an extreme hardship location for expatriates with a hardship index of 40% the same as Kathmandu.

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