Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Moving to Oslo

Today we look at moving to Oslo in Norway from Yangon in Myanmar. 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 Oslo people speak Norwegian. In Yangon people speak Burmese, indigenous ethnic languages.

Oslo is the capital and largest city in Norway. Yangon is also known as Rangoon and is a former capital of Burma and the capital of Yangon Division. Oslo's port is the largest general cargo port in the country and its leading passenger gateway. Oslo is home to some of which are the world's largest shipping companies, shipbrokers, and insurance brokers. Yangon is the country's main centre for trade, industry, real estate, media, entertainment and tourism. The city is Lower Myanmar's main trading hub for all kinds of merchandise – from basic food stuffs to used cars although commerce continues to be hampered by the city's severely underdeveloped banking industry and communication infrastructure.

The overall cost of living rank in Oslo is 9 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with high cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Yangon to Oslo will experience a change in cost of living of 92%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Oslo is ranked as a minimal hardship location with a hardship index of 10% compared to Yangon with a hardship index of 40% which is an extreme hardship location.

Source: Cost of living Oslo, Norway as at July 2011.