Sunday, August 7, 2011

Moving to Nuuk

Today we look at moving to Nuuk in Greenland from Banjul in Gambia. 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 Nuuk people speak Greenlandic and Danish. In Banjul people speak English (official), Mandinka, Wolof and Fula.

Nuuk is the capital and largest city of Greenland. Banjul is the capital of The Gambia.
Nuuk is one of the smallest capital cities in the world by population. Banjul is the country's economic and administrative centre and includes the Central Bank of The Gambia. Peanut processing is the country's principal industry, but beeswax, palm wood, palm oil, and skins and hides are also shipped from Banjul's port.

The overall cost of living rank in Nuuk is 99 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Banjul to Nuuk will experience a change in cost of living of 53.3%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Nuuk is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to Banjul with a hardship index of 40% which is an extreme hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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