Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Moving to Lome

Today we look at moving to Lome in Togo from Paramaribo in Suriname. 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 Lome people speak French (official) and local languages. In Paramaribo people speak Dutch (official), English, Sranang Tongo, Hindi and Javanese.

Lome is the capital and largest city of Togo. Paramaribo is the capital and largest city of Suriname. Lome is the country's administrative and industrial center and its chief port. The city exports coffee, cocoa, copra, and palm kernels. It also has an oil refinery. Paramaribo's major exports are gold, bauxite, sugar cane, rice, cacao, coffee, rum, and tropical woods. Cement and paint are manufactured in the city.

The overall cost of living rank in Lome is 123 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Paramaribo to Lome will experience a change in cost of living of 65.4%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Lome is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% compared to Paramaribo with a hardship index of 30% which is a high degree of hardship location.

Source: Cost of Living Lome Togo as at July 2011.