Thursday, August 4, 2011

Moving to Paris

Today we look at moving to Paris in France from Cairo in Egypt. 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 Paris people speak French. In Cairo people speak Arabic.

Paris is the capital of France and the country's most populous city. Cairo is a megacity and a global city serving as the capital of Egypt.
The diverse economy of Paris is essentially a service economy, with business and financial services generating nearly half of the Paris Region's GDP. Cairo is the center of Egypt, as it has been almost since its founding in 969 AD. 15% of all Egyptians live there. The majority of the nation's commerce is generated there, or passes through the city.

The overall cost of living rank in Paris is 25 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with high cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Cairo to Paris will experience a change in cost of living of 54.7%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Paris is ranked as a minimal hardship location with a hardship index of 10% compared to Cairo with a hardship index of 40% which is an extreme hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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