Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Moving to South Tarawa

Today we look at moving to South Tarawa in Kiribati from Milan in Italy. 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 South Tarawa people speak English and Gilbertese. In Milan people speak Italian.
South Tarawa is the official capital of the Republic of Kiribati. Milan, is the capital of the region of Lombardia and of the province of Milan.
Bairiki is a village and an islet now part of South Tarawa, and at one time itself the center of government (and therefore, capital) of Kiribati. Milan is one of the EU's and the world's major financial and business centres. Milan is also regarded as the true current fashion capital of the world.

The overall cost of living rank in South Tarawa is 108 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Milan to South Tarawa will experience a change in cost of living of -14.3%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, South Tarawa is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to Milan with a hardship index of 10% which is a minimal hardship location.

Source: http://www.xpatulator.com as at July 2011.