Friday, August 26, 2011

Moving to Palikir

Today we look at moving to Palikir in Micronesia from Antananarivo in Madagascar. 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 Palikir people speak English, Trukese, Pohnpeian, Yapese and Kosrean. In Antananarivo people speak Malagasy (official) and French.

Palikir is the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia. Antananarivo is the capital and largest city in Madagascar. Palikir is located on the island of Pohnpei. Antananarivo is the political and economic capital of Madagascar. The city is guarded by two forts built on hills to the east. Including an Anglican and a Roman Catholic cathedral, there are more than 5,000 churches in the city and its suburbs.

The overall cost of living rank in Palikir is 41 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with high cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Antananarivo to Palikir will experience a change in cost of living of 33.8%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Palikir is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to Antananarivo with a hardship index of 40% which is an extreme hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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