Thursday, August 25, 2011

Moving to Nouakchott

Today we look at moving to Nouakchott in Mauritania from Vilnius in Lithuania. 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 Nouakchott people speak Arabic (official) and French. In Vilnius people speak Lithuanian and Russian.

Nouakchott is the capital and by far the largest city of Mauritania. Vilnius is the largest city and the capital of Lithuania. Nouakchott is the administrative and economic centre of Mauritania. Vilnius is the major economic centre of Lithuania and one of the largest financial centres of the Baltic states. Even though it is home to only 15% of Lithuania's population, it generates approximately 25% of Lithuania's GDP.

The overall cost of living rank in Nouakchott is 288 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations. An expatriate moving from Vilnius to Nouakchott will experience a change in cost of living of -25.9%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Nouakchott is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% compared to Vilnius with a hardship index of 30% which is a high degree of hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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