Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Moving to Nairobi

Today we look at moving to Nairobi in Kenya from Jerusalem in Israel. 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 Nairobi people speak Swahili and English. In Jerusalem people speak Hebrew, Arabic.
Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and its largest city.
Nairobi is the regional headquarters of several international companies and organiations. Goods manufactured in Nairobi include clothing, textiles, building materials, processed foods, beverages, cigarettes. Historically, Jerusalem's economy was supported almost exclusively by religious pilgrims, as it was located far from the major ports of Jaffa and Gaza. Jerusalem's religious landmarks today remain the top draw for foreign visitors, with the majority of tourists visiting the Western Wall and the Old City. The government, centered in Jerusalem, generates a large number of jobs, and offers subsidies and incentives for new business initiatives and start-ups.

The overall cost of living rank in Nairobi is 257 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Jerusalem to Nairobi will experience a change in cost of living of -25.7%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Nairobi is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% the same as Jerusalem.

Source: http://www.xpatulator.com as at July 2011.