Monday, August 15, 2011

Moving to Yokohama

Today we look at moving to Yokohama in Japan from Tehran in Iran. 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 Yokohama people speak Japanese. In Tehran people speak Persian.

Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan. Tehran is the capital and largest city of Iran.
Yokohama has a strong economic base, especially in the shipping, biotechnology, and semiconductor industries. 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.

The overall cost of living rank in Yokohama is 16 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with high cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Tehran to Yokohama will experience a change in cost of living of 39.3%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Yokohama is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to Tehran with a hardship index of 40% which is an extreme hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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