Monday, August 29, 2011

Moving to Noumea

Today we look at moving to Noumea in New Caledonia from Chisinau in Moldova. 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 Noumea people speak French (official), Melanesian and Polynesian dialects. In Chisinau people speak Moldovan and Russian.

Noumea is the capital city of the French territory of New Caledonia. Chisinu is the capital and largest municipality of Moldova. Noumea has experienced a major housing construction boom within the past decade. The installation of amenities has kept pace, and the municipality boasts a public works programme. Chisinau is the main industrial and commercial centre and is located in the middle of the country.

The overall cost of living rank in Noumea is 49 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with high cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Chisinau to Noumea will experience a change in cost of living of 30.5%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Noumea is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to Chisinau with a hardship index of 30% which is a high degree of hardship location.

Source: Cost of living Noumea, New Caledonia as at July 2011.