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Cost of Living - South Asia July 2013

The most expensive countries in South Asia are: Maldives; Sri Lanka; and India. The most expensive cities in South Asia in are: Male in the Maldives (353rd most expensive in the world); Colombo; and Mumbai. The cheapest city in South Asia is Thimphu in Bhutan (the cheapest city in the world). The biggest mover down the rankings is Male, which has dropped 15 places since April to become the 353rd most expensive location in the world. The biggest mover up the rankings is Kathmandu in Nepal, which has risen from 752nd in April to become the 685th most expensive (and therefor 95th cheapest) location in the world.


Xpatulator’s Cost of Living rankings are released every quarter and measure the comparative cost of living for expatriates in 780 cities, covering every country worldwide.  The cost of 13 basket groups with over 140 items are compared in each location, these include alcohol and tobacco, clothing, communication, education, furniture and appliances, groceries, healthcare, housing, personal care, recreation and culture, restaurants-meals-out and hotels, and transport.

The below ranking shows the overall Cost of Living Rankings in South Asia by city: 

  1. Maldives, Male
  2. Sri Lanka, Colombo
  3. India, Mumbai
  4. India, New Delhi
  5. India, Kanpur
  6. India, Surat
  7. India, Chennai
  8. Bangladesh, Dhaka
  9. India, Jaipur
  10. Nepal, Kathmandu
  11. India, Lucknow
  12. India, Bangalore
  13. India, Pune
  14. India, Ahmedabad
  15. Afghanistan, Kabul
  16. India, Hyderabad
  17. Pakistan, Lahore
  18. Pakistan, Karachi
  19. India, Calcutta
  20. Pakistan, Islamabad
  21. Bhutan, Thimphu


The below ranking shows the Cost of Living Rankings in South Asia by city excluding housing, education, healthcare and transport basket groups:  

  1. Maldives, Male
  2. Afghanistan, Kabul
  3. India, Mumbai
  4. Sri Lanka, Colombo
  5. Bangladesh, Dhaka
  6. India, New Delhi
  7. India, Jaipur
  8. India, Surat
  9. India, Kanpur
  10. India, Lucknow
  11. India, Chennai
  12. India, Bangalore
  13. Pakistan, Lahore
  14. Nepal, Kathmandu
  15. Pakistan, Karachi
  16. Bhutan, Thimphu
  17. India, Pune
  18. Pakistan, Islamabad
  19. India, Ahmedabad
  20. India, Calcutta
  21. India, Hyderabad


The cost of living ranking information contained in this article is updated quarterly using data collected by Xpatulator.com over the past 12 months. The international cost of living indexes, on which the rankings are based, is only available using Xpatulator.com's online expatriate calculators that enable users to create personalized cost of living comparison reports which include:

Published by Xpatulator.com on 1 July 2013.

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