Friday, August 26, 2011

Moving to Port Louis

Today we look at moving to Port Louis in Mauritius from Luxembourg in Luxembourg. 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 Louis people speak English (official), Creole, French and Indian languages. In Luxembourg people speak French, German and Luxembourgish.
Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius. It is the largest city of the country and main port. The city of Luxembourg, also known as Luxembourg City, is a commune with city status, and the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The economy of Port Louis is dominated by its port, which handles Mauritius' international trade. Manufacturing is dominated by clothing and textiles, but also includes chemicals, plastics, and pharmaceuticals. Luxembourg City is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, having developed into a banking and administrative centre. Luxembourg is a seat of several institutions of the European Union, including the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Auditors, and the European Investment Bank.

The overall cost of living rank in Port Louis is 196 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Luxembourg to Port Louis will experience a change in cost of living of -22.3%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Port Louis is ranked as a some hardship location with a hardship index of 20% compared to Luxembourg with a hardship index of 10% which is a minimal hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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