Sunday, September 4, 2011

Moving to St. Petersburg

Today we look at moving to St. Petersburg in Russia from West Bank in Palestinian Territories. 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 St. Petersburg people speak Russian. In West Bank people speak Arabic, Hebrew and English.

Saint Petersburg is the second largest, and a federal city, of Russia. The West Bank is a landlocked territory and is the eastern part of the Palestinian territories; on the west bank of the Jordan River in the Middle East. Moscow is one of largest city economies in Europe and it comprises approximately 20% of Russian GDP. The first planned Palestinian city named Rawabi will be built north of Ramallah, with the help of funds from Qatar.

The overall cost of living rank in St. Petersburg is 40 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with high cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from West Bank to St. Petersburg will experience a change in cost of living of 26%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, St. Petersburg is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to West Bank with a hardship index of 40% which is an extreme hardship location.

Source: Cost of living St Petersburg Russia as at July 2011.