Saturday, August 27, 2011

Moving to Ulaanbaatar

Today we look at moving to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia from Male in Maldives. 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 Ulaanbaatar people speak Mongolian. In Male people speak Divehi. Ulaanbaatar is the capital and largest city of Mongolia. Male is the capital and largest city (in terms of population) in the Republic of Maldives. Ulaanbaatar is the cultural, industrial, and financial heart of the country. The central part of the Male city is formed by Male Island. Three more islands are part of the city. Slightly less than one third of the nation's population lives in the capital city. Many, if not most, Maldivians and foreign workers in Maldives find themselves in occasional short term residence on the island since it is the only entry point to the nation and the centre of all administration and bureaucracy.

The overall cost of living rank in Ulaanbaatar is 256 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Male to Ulaanbaatar will experience a change in cost of living of -11%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Ulaanbaatar is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% compared to Male with a hardship index of 20% which is a some hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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