Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Moving to Apia

Today we look at moving to Apia in Samoa from Lisbon in Portugal. 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 Apia people speak Samoan and English. In Lisbon people speak Portuguese.

Apia is the capital and the largest city of Samoa. Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal. Apia Harbour is by far the largest and busiest harbour in Samoa. Apia is served by a good road network, which is generally kept reasonably well maintained. The Lisbon region is the wealthiest region in Portugal and is the countries chief seaport. Lisbon's economy is based primarily on the tertiary sector. Most of the headquarters of multinationals operating in Portugal are concentrated in the Grande Lisboa subregion.

The overall cost of living rank in Apia is 117 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Lisbon to Apia will experience a change in cost of living of -2.1%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Apia is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to Lisbon with a hardship index of 10% which is a minimal hardship location.

Source: Cost of living Apia Samoa as at July 2011.

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