Sunday, September 18, 2011

Moving to Montevideo

Today we look at moving to Montevideo in Uruguay from Ashgabat in Turkmenistan. 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 Montevideo people speak Spanish, Portunol or Brazilero (Portuguese-Spanish mix). In Ashgabat people speak Turkmen and Russian.
Montevideo is the largest city, the capital, and the chief port of Uruguay. Ashgabat is the capital and largest city of Turkmenistan. Montevideo is the economic hub of Uruguay and is home to approximately one third of the population. Ashgabat is primarily a government and administrative center. The principal industries are cotton textiles and metal working.
The overall cost of living rank in Montevideo is 143 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Ashgabat to Montevideo will experience a change in cost of living of 5.9%.

In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Montevideo is ranked as a some hardship location with a hardship index of 20% compared to Ashgabat with a hardship index of 30% which is a high degree of hardship location.

Source: Cost of Living Montevideo Uruguay as at July 2011.