Monday, August 22, 2011

Moving to Vaduz

Today we look at moving to Vaduz in Liechtenstein from Pyongyang in Korea Democratic Republic of. 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 Vaduz people speak German. In Pyongyang people speak Korean.

Vaduz is the capital of the principality of Liechtenstein. Pyongyang is the capital of North Korea. Vaduz has a lively tourist industry, despite being one of the very few capital cities in the world without an airport or railway station. Pyongyang has been completely redesigned since the Korean War (1950–1953). It is designed with wide avenues, imposing monuments, and monolithic buildings. The city also has regular international train services to Beijing and Moscow. A journey to Beijing takes about 25 hours and 25 minutes; a journey to Moscow takes 6 days.

The overall cost of living rank in Vaduz is 10 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with high cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Pyongyang to Vaduz will experience a change in cost of living of 96%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Vaduz is ranked as a some hardship location with a hardship index of 20% compared to Pyongyang with a hardship index of 40% which is an extreme hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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