Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Moving to Dushanbe

Today we look at moving to Dushanbe in Tajikistan from Barcelona in Spain. 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 Dushanbe people speak Tajik, Uzbek, Russian. In Barcelona people speak Spanish (Castilian), Catalan and its variant Valencian, Gallego (Galician), Euskera (Basque).

Dushanbe is the capital and largest city of Tajikistan. Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain. Coal, lead, and arsenic are mined nearby in the cities of Nurek and Kulob allowing for the industrialization of Dushanbe. The Nurek Dam, the world's highest as of 2008, generates 95% of Tajikistan's electricity. Madrid is a major centre for international business and commerce. It is one of Europe's largest financial centres and the largest in Spain.

The overall cost of living rank in Dushanbe is 284 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Barcelona to Dushanbe will experience a change in cost of living of -34.1%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Dushanbe is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% compared to Barcelona with a hardship index of 10% which is a minimal hardship location.

Source: Cost of Living Dushanbe Tajikistan as at July 2011.