Friday, September 16, 2011

Moving to Kampala

Today we look at moving to Kampala in Uganda from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. 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 Kampala people speak English (official), Swahili (official), Luganda, various Bantu and Nilotic languages. In Dar es Salaam people speak English and Swahili.

Kampala is the largest city and capital of Uganda. Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania. Kampala is the economic hub of Uganda and is divided into five boroughs that oversee local planning. Dar es Salaam is the country's richest city and a regionally important economic centre. About one half of Tanzania's manufacturing employment is located in the city despite the fact that Dar holds only ten percent of Tanzania's population.
The overall cost of living rank in Kampala is 296 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Dar es Salaam to Kampala will experience a change in cost of living of -26.6%.

In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Kampala is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% the same as Dar es Salaam.

Source: Cost of Living Kampala Uganda as at July 2011.