Friday, August 12, 2011

Moving to Tehran

Today we look at moving to Tehran in Iran from Port-au-Prince in Haiti. 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 Tehran people speak Persian. In Port-au-Prince people speak Creole and French.
Tehran is the capital and largest city of Iran. Port-au-Prince is the capital and largest city of the Caribbean nation of Haiti.

Tehran is the economic centre of Iran. About 30% of Irans public-sector workforce and 45% of large industrial firms are located in Tehran and almost half of these workers work for the government. Most of the remainder of workers are factory workers, shopkeepers, laborers, and transport workers. 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.

The overall cost of living rank in Tehran is 139 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Port-au-Prince to Tehran will experience a change in cost of living of 5.9%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Tehran is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% the same as Port-au-Prince.

Source: as at July 2011.

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