Saturday, September 17, 2011

Moving to Glasgow

Today we look at moving to Glasgow in United Kingdom from Tunis in Tunisia. 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 Glasgow people speak English. In Tunis people speak Arabic (official) and French.

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and third most populous in the United Kingdom. Tunis is the capital and largets city of Tunisia. Glasgow is one of Europe's top twenty financial centres and is home to many of Scotland's leading businesses. Whilst manufacturing has declined, Glasgow's economy has seen significant relative growth of tertiary sector industries such as financial and business services, communications, biosciences, creative industries, healthcare, higher education, retail and tourism. Tunis is the heartland of the Tunisian economy and is the industrial and economic hub of the country. Products include textiles, carpets, and olive oil. Tourism also provides a significant portion of the city's income.
The overall cost of living rank in Glasgow is 38 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with high cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Tunis to Glasgow will experience a change in cost of living of 73.2%.

In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Glasgow is ranked as a minimal hardship location with a hardship index of 10% compared to Tunis with a hardship index of 30% which is a high degree of hardship location.

Source: Cost of Living Glasgow UK as at July 2011.