Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Moving to Port-au-Prince

Today we look at moving to Port-au-Prince in Haiti from Accra in Ghana. 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 Port-au-Prince people speak Creole and French. In Accra people speak English and African languages including Akan and Ewe.

Port-au-Prince is the capital and largest city of the Caribbean nation of Haiti. Accra is the capital and most populous city of Ghana. Port-au-Prince is the nation's largest center of economy and finance, however it has suffered considerable damage in the January 2010 earthquake. The city exports its most widely consumed produce of coffee and sugar. Accra is the administrative, communications, and economic centre of the country. Over 70% of Ghana's manufacturing capacity is located within the Accra region.

The overall cost of living rank in Port-au-Prince is 184 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Accra to Port-au-Prince will experience a change in cost of living of -1.5%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Port-au-Prince is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% compared to Accra with a hardship index of 30% which is a high degree of hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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