Sunday, September 18, 2011

Moving to Leeds

Today we look at moving to Leeds in United Kingdom from Ankara in Turkey. 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 Leeds people speak English. In Ankara people speak Turkish.

Leeds is a city and metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England. Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country's second largest city after Istanbul. Leeds is the cultural, financial and commercial heart of the wider West Yorkshire Urban Area. Leeds is the UK's largest centre for business, legal, and financial services outside London. Ankara is a very old city with various Hittite, Phrygian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman archaeological sites.
The overall cost of living rank in Leeds is 56 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with high cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Ankara to Leeds will experience a change in cost of living of 20.8%.

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

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