Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Moving to Dakar

Today we look at moving to Dakar in Senegal from Moscow in Russia. 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 Dakar people speak French (official) and Wolof. In Moscow people speak Russian.

Dakar is the capital and largest city of Senegal. Saint Petersburg is the second largest, and a federal city, of Russia. Dakar is the westernmost city on the African mainland and is a major regional port. St Petersburg is a major trade portal, financial and industrial centre of Russia. St Petersburg specialises in diverse industries such as oil and gas trade, shipbuilding yards, aerospace industry, radio and electronics, software and computers; machine building, heavy machinery and transport, including tanks and other military equipment, mining, instrument manufacture, ferrous and nonferrous metallurgy (aluminium alloys), chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, publishing and printing, food and catering, wholesale and retail, and textile and apparel industries.

The overall cost of living rank in Dakar is 129 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Moscow to Dakar will experience a change in cost of living of -31%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Dakar is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to Moscow with a hardship index of 30% which is a high degree of hardship location.

Source: Cost of living Dakar Senegal as at July 2011.