Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Moving to Kuwait City

Today we look at moving to Kuwait City in Kuwait from Osaka in Japan. 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 Kuwait City people speak Arabic. In Osaka people speak Japanese.
Kuwait City is the capital and largest city of Kuwait. Osaka is the third largest city after Tokyo and Yokohama.
Kuwait city is home to Kuwait's parliament, most governmental offices, and the headquarters of most Kuwaiti corporations and banks. It is the political, cultural and economic center of the emirate. Kuwait's booming economy has allowed many international hotel chains to enter agreements to open hotels in the country. Osaka is the commercial capital of Japan and functions as one of the command centers for the Japanese economy. Commerce, services, and manufacturing are the three major industries.
The overall cost of living rank in Kuwait City is 216 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Osaka to Kuwait City will experience a change in cost of living of -42.9%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Kuwait City is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% the same as Osaka.
Source: as at July 2011.

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