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Moving to Sri Lanka

by Richard808 Online Now Oct 14, 2005 at 9:09 AM

Hello, I'm expanding my business and outsourcing most of our work to Sri Lanka. Because of this we're intending on moving family out mid 2006 for at least a couple of years and I'll be going out November to sort some work out. I have loads of questions, if anyone has any answers please let me know! We are currently looking at being based Negombo way. Here go the questions:

- most importantly, I love playing soccer. Any teams in Negombo?!!

- any thoughts on the cost of living. We do NOT live expensively and we don't want a fully 'staffed' house, driver, etc

- how much can I rent a house for? Nothing plush needed but comfortable for a family, 4 bedroom home

- does anyone know the legalities on purchasing a house? Is there still 100% stamp duty and is this on the house or the land or both?

- is health care expensive (3 kids)? Someone mentioned Apollo Hospital

- we have been looking at the NICE school, any tips, hints or comments? Anyone know costs?

- are there any comments that people can make about living out in Sri Lanka? We know Asia fairly well but have never been to Sri Lanka!

- anyone able to make comments on the dull subject of income tax?

That's about it.

Richard

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