Tag Archives: cost of living

How to NOT have an X-Trailing Spouse

I was that woman, I could have been a man in this situation, but I was that woman. You know the one, the Trailing Spouse as we are commonly known.  The one that gets to say “Yes” to moving abroad … Continue reading

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Cost of Living Differences Around the World — Just How Big Are They?

What makes one city more expensive than another?  Why is Switzerland so expensive? Why is Tokyo no longer the most expensive place in the world? Switzerland is fragmented into different cultures and different languages in different geographical areas. In comparison to most countries, people do … Continue reading

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The What? The Balassa–Samuelson Effect.

The Balassa–Samuelson effect is the theory behind the Salary Purchasing Power Parity Calculator (SPPP). The goal of this calculator is to determine how much salary, in a host location, will give an employee the same purchasing power as they currently have in … Continue reading

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Do You Live In The Most Expensive City In The World?

Xpatulator.com releases the Cost of Living Rankings every quarter, these rankings measure the comparative cost of living in  780 locations, covering every country worldwide.  Local prices are used to  compare  defined quantities of the same goods and services, these are then … Continue reading

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Top Ten Repatriation Tips: Arriving on Home Soil

The date is set, your tickets are booked and there is excitement in the air with the prospect of being back on home soil. What now? Have you planned what you need to do when you land? This is why … Continue reading

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Top Ten Repatriation Tips: Leaving Your Host Country

I certainly was not expecting to be selling furniture and packing our rented house up at the end of last year. I did not foresee us leaving our expat abode for a good couple of years to come. It happened … Continue reading

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Being An Expat, Your Salary, Your Cost of Living

In many social or work situations, I often get asked the question: “So what exactly do you do?” or “What is the business about?” My usual response is to explain that I am a part owner in a Cost of … Continue reading

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Cost of Living Rankings for Africa October 2012

Luanda as the most expensive city in Africa has an overall cost of living index of 131.69 compared to New York with an index of 100, and Tokyo with an index of 139.89. Luanda’s cost of living index is similar … Continue reading

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Zurich City – Just How Expensive Is It?

Zurich in Switzerland is a cultural Mecca and renowned for being one of the most desirable cities to live in many a survey. It is also however one of the most expensive cities to live in, ranking in the top ten … Continue reading

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Transport Cost of Living July 2012

The top 10 Most expensive places – Transport Basket which includes Hire Purchase / Lease of Vehicle, Petrol / Diesel, Public Transport, Service Maintenance, Tyres, Vehicle Insurance and Vehicle Purchase: Malawi, Lilongwe Timor-Leste, Dili Sudan, Khartoum Austria, Vienna Switzerland, Zurich … Continue reading

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