Monday, August 22, 2011

Moving to Monrovia

Today we look at moving to Monrovia in Liberia from Nairobi in Kenya. 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 Monrovia people speak English, 29 African languages belonging to the Mande, Kwa or Mel linguistic groups. In Nairobi people speak Swahili, English.

Monrovia is the capital city of the West African nation of Liberia. Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The city's economy is dominated by its harbour. Monrovia is Liberia's financial centre. Nairobi is the regional headquarters of several international companies and organiations. Goods manufactured in Nairobi include clothing, textiles, building materials, processed foods, beverages, cigarettes.

The overall cost of living rank in Monrovia is 164 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Nairobi to Monrovia will experience a change in cost of living of 19.9%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Monrovia is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% compared to Nairobi with a hardship index of 30% which is a high degree of hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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