Monday, August 1, 2011

Moving to Malabo

Today we look at moving to Malabo in Equatorial Guinea from Zagreb in Croatia. 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 Malabo people speak Spanish and French. In Zagreb people speak Croatian.

Malabo is the capital of Equatorial Guinea. Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Croatia.
Despite its status as the capital of Equatorial Guinea for several decades, Malabo's street network remains poorly developed. Malabo itself has few paved roads leading into it, and fewer than one hundred paved and developed streets. Zagreb's transport connections, concentration of industry, scientific and research institutions and industrial tradition underlie its leading economic position in Croatia.

The overall cost of living rank in Malabo is 66 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with high cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Zagreb to Malabo will experience a change in cost of living of -0.9%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Malabo is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% compared to Zagreb with a hardship index of 30% which is a high degree of hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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