Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Moving to Lagos

Today we look at moving to Lagos in Nigeria from Rabat in Morocco. 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 Lagos people speak English (official), Yoruba, Ibo and Hausa. In Rabat people speak Arabic (official), Berber, French and Spanish.

Lagos is a port and the most populous city in Nigeria. Rabat is the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco. Lagos is Nigeria's most prosperous city, and much of the nation's wealth and economic activity are concentrated there. Most commercial, financial and business centers of Lagos and of Nigeria remains at the central business district in Lagos Island which is also typified with the presence of high rise buildings. Tourism and the presence of all foreign embassies in Morocco serve to make Rabat the second most important city in the country after the larger and more economically significant Casablanca.

The overall cost of living rank in Lagos is 72 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with high cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Rabat to Lagos will experience a change in cost of living of 41.4%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Lagos is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% compared to Rabat with a hardship index of 30% which is a high degree of hardship location.

Source: Cost of living Lagos, Nigeria as at July 2011.

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