Saturday, September 3, 2011

Moving to Lisbon

Today we look at moving to Lisbon in Portugal from Islamabad in Pakistan. 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 Lisbon people speak Portuguese. In Islamabad people speak English, Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto and Balochi.

Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal. Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan. The Lisbon region is the wealthiest region in Portugal and is the countries chief seaport. Lisbon's economy is based primarily on the tertiary sector. Most of the headquarters of multinationals operating in Portugal are concentrated in the Grande Lisboa subregion. Most of Pakistan's state-owned companies are based in Islamabad.

The overall cost of living rank in Lisbon is 106 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Islamabad to Lisbon will experience a change in cost of living of 43.5%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Lisbon is ranked as a minimal hardship location with a hardship index of 10% compared to Islamabad with a hardship index of 40% which is an extreme hardship location.

Source: Cost of living Lisbon, Portugal as at July 2011.