Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Moving to Pristina

Today we look at moving to Pristina in Kosovo from Nagoya in Japan. 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 Pristina people speak Albanian and Serbian. In Nagoya people speak Japanese.
Pristina is the capital and largest city of the disputed territory of Kosovo. Nagoya is the third-largest incorporated city and the fourth most populous urban area in Japan.
Pristina is developing with many new roads being built. The national government is taking part in modernising the roadways as well, building motorways linking the city. Nagoya's main industry is the automotive business, as many Japanese automotive companies are based out of Nagoya. Major automotive suppliers also have a presence. There is also a sizable aerospace, machine tool and electronics industry in the area.

The overall cost of living rank in Pristina is 225 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Nagoya to Pristina will experience a change in cost of living of -40.6%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Pristina is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% compared to Nagoya with a hardship index of 30% which is a high degree of hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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