Thursday, August 18, 2011

Moving to Riga

Today we look at moving to Riga in Latvia from Saint Helier in Jersey. 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 Riga people speak Latvian and Russian. In Saint Helier people speak English, French and local forms of French.

Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. Saint Helier is one of the twelve parishes of Jersey and is the capital of the Island (although Government House is situated in St. Saviour).
Riga is a major industrial, commercial, cultural and financial centre of the Baltics, and an important seaport. The urban area of the parish of St. Helier makes up most of the largest town in Jersey.

The overall cost of living rank in Riga is 204 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Saint Helier to Riga will experience a change in cost of living of -27.9%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Riga is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% compared to Saint Helier with a hardship index of 10% which is a minimal hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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