Sunday, September 4, 2011

Moving to Bucharest

Today we look at moving to Bucharest in Romania from Melekeok in Palau. 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 Bucharest people speak Romanian. In Melekeok people speak Palauan and English.

Bucharest is the capital and largest city of Romania. Melekeok is a town in the State of Melekeok. Bucharest is the industrial, cultural, and financial centre of Romania and is one of the main industrial centres and transportation hubs of Eastern Europe. Republic of Palau's Capitol Complex is located on a hill, northwest of the village of Melekeok.

The overall cost of living rank in Bucharest is 200 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Melekeok to Bucharest will experience a change in cost of living of 6.2%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Bucharest is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to Melekeok with a hardship index of 40% which is an extreme hardship location.

Source: Cost of living Bucharest Romania as at July 2011.