Sunday, August 28, 2011

Moving to Yaren

Today we look at moving to Yaren in Nauru from Port Louis in Mauritius. 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 Yaren people speak Nauruan and English. In Port Louis people speak English (official), Creole, French and Indian languages.

Yaren is a district and constituency of the Pacific nation of Nauru. It is the de facto capital of Nauru. Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius. It is the largest city of the country and main port. Yaren is listed as the de facto capital of Nauru as the republic does not have cities or an official capital. Yaren is accepted by the United Nations as the main district. The economy of Port Louis is dominated by its port, which handles Mauritius' international trade. Manufacturing is dominated by clothing and textiles, but also includes chemicals, plastics, and pharmaceuticals.

The overall cost of living rank in Yaren is 116 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Port Louis to Yaren will experience a change in cost of living of 15%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Yaren is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to Port Louis with a hardship index of 20% which is a some hardship location.

Source: Cost of living Yaren, Nauru as at July 2011.