Monday, September 5, 2011

Moving to Castries

Today we look at moving to Castries in Saint Lucia from Manila in Philippines. 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 Castries people speak English (official) and French patois. In Manila people speak Filipino and English (both official).

Castries is the capital city of Saint Lucia. Manila is the capital of the Philippines. Castries houses the government and head offices of many businesses both foreign and local. It also has a sheltered harbour which receives cargo vessels and ferry boats as well as cruise ships. Manila is one of the world's largest and most densely populated cities in the world. Manila's economy is diverse and multifaceted and serves as the nation's chief seaport.

The overall cost of living rank in Castries is 281 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Manila to Castries will experience a change in cost of living of -25%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Castries is ranked as a some hardship location with a hardship index of 20% compared to Manila with a hardship index of 30% which is a high degree of hardship location.

Source: Cost of Living Castries Saint Lucia as at July 2011.