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International Cost of Living October 2013

Zurich in Switzerland is ranked as the overall most expensive city to live in, world-wide, according to Xpatulator.com's October 2013 international cost of living rankings. While Angola is the most expensive country.

Hong Kong has moved up one place to become the second most expensive place for expatriates to live. The major contributor is the cost of accommodation in Hong Kong. If the housing, education, medical and transport cost of living baskets are excluded, Hong Kong drops to 135th most expensive place in the world. In other words, if these expenses are excluded, Hong Kong is not a particularly expensive place to live.

Luanda has dropped one place to become the third most expensive place in the world for expat's to live. While accommodation is fifth most expensive in the world, the major contributors to Launda being so expensive is the cost of groceries, restaurants, meals out, hotels, and clothing.  If the housing, education, medical and transport cost of living baskets are excluded, Luanda is the most expensive place in the world.

Tokyo has dropped a further 3 places in October, having dropped 2 places in April, and 3 places in July to become the ninth most expensive place to live, while Geneva remains the fourth most expensive location in the world.

Thimphu in Bhutan, is ranked the cheapest.


The cost of living rankings, released every quarter, measure the comparative cost of living for expatriates in 780 locations, covering every country worldwide. The cost of living comparison uses local prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services, converted to a single currency. Sources include local service providers in each location, international service providers, official governmental statistics and global agency data. The data is quality assured and manually checked by Xpatulator Analysts. The prices of similar related items have been grouped together into 13 basket groups and the cost of living index calculated for each basket in each location. The 13 basket groups are the result of extensive research of actual spending habits ensuring the cost of living indexes reflect a reality-based international expenditure pattern.

Key Highlights:


Africa:
The most expensive countries in Africa are: Angola; Nigeria; Mozambique; Democratic Republic of Congo; and Ghana.

The most expensive cities to live in are: Luanda (3rd most expensive in the world) Abuja; Lagos; Kano; and Ibadan. The cheapest city for expatriates to live in is Tunis in Tunisia (18th cheapest in the world).

The biggest mover down the rankings is Windhoek in Namibia, which has dropped from 596th in July to become the 703rd most expensive location in the world.

The biggest mover up the rankings is Antananarivo in Madagascar. Antananarivo has risen from 571st in July to become the 343rd most expensive location in the world.


America:
The most expensive countries in America for expatriates to live in are: Venezuela; Bermuda; Cayman Islands; Montserrat; and Aruba.

The most expensive cities for expatriates to live in are: Caracas (8th most expensive in the world); New York (Manhattan); Hamilton (Bermuda); George Town (Cayman Islands); and Sao Paulo.

The cheapest city for expatriates to live in is: Managua in Nicaragua (20th cheapest in the world).

The biggest mover down the rankings is Asuncion in Paraguay which has dropped from 459th in July to become the 520h most expensive location in the world.

The biggest mover up the rankings is San Jose in Costa Rica, which has risen from 427th in July to become the 393rd most expensive location in the world.
 

 
Asia-Pacific:
The most expensive countries in Asia Pacific for expatriates to live in are: Japan; Australia; New Caledonia; Micronesia and French Polynesia.

The most expensive cities for expatriates to live in are: Hong Kong (the second most expensive in the world); Tokyo; Singapore; Sydney and Yokohama.

The cheapest city for expatriates to live in is Medan in Indonesia (23rd cheapest in the world).

The biggest mover down the rankings is Pyongyang in North Korea, which has dropped from 41st in July to become the 155th most expensive location in the world.

The biggest mover up the rankings is Port Vila in Vanuatu, which has risen from 175th in July to become the 153rd most expensive location in the world.


Europe:
The most expensive countries in Europe for expatriates to live in are SwitzerlandNorwayLiechtenstein; Denmark; and Jersey.

The most expensive cities in Europe for expatriates to live in: Zurich (most expensive in the world); Geneva; Monaco; Oslo; and Moscow.

The cheapest city in Europe for expatriates to live in is Sofia in Bulgaria (19th cheapest in the world).

The biggest mover down the rankings is Konya in Turkey, which has dropped from 156th in July to become the 194th most expensive location in the world.


Middle East:
The most expensive countries in the Middle East for expatriates to live in are: Qatar; United Arab Emirates; Israel; Lebanon and Bahrain.

The most expensive cities in the Middle East for expatriates to live in: Doha (113th most expensive in the world); Abu Dhabi; Dubai; Jerusalem; and Beirut.

The cheapest country and city in the Middle East for expatriates to live in is Damascus (765th cheapest in the world).

The biggest mover down the rankings is also Damascus, which has dropped from 513th in July.

The biggest mover up the rankings is Muscat, which has risen from 555th in July to become the 461st most expensive location in the world.


South Asia:
The most expensive countries in South Asia are: Maldives; Sri Lanka; and Bangladesh.

The most expensive cities in South Asia in are: Male in the Maldives (349th 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 Kathmandu, which has dropped 54 places since July to become the 739th most expensive location in the world.

The biggest mover up the rankings is Kabul, which has risen from 742nd in July to become the 735th most expensive (and therefore 45th cheapest) location in the world.


The Top 100 Global Overall Rankings (Combined All Areas and City Rank) - Overall Cost Of Living - All Baskets:

  1. Switzerland, Zurich
  2. China, Hong Kong
  3. Angola, Luanda
  4. Switzerland, Geneva
  5. Angola, All Areas
  6. Switzerland, All Areas
  7. Monaco, Monaco
  8. Venezuela, Caracas
  9. Japan, Tokyo
  10. USA, New York (Manhattan) NY
  11. Bermuda, Hamilton
  12. Norway, Oslo
  13. Norway, All Areas
  14. Singapore, Singapore
  15. Russia, Moscow
  16. United Kingdom, London
  17. Australia, Sydney
  18. Liechtenstein, Vaduz
  19. Denmark, Copenhagen
  20. Venezuela, All Areas
  21. Bermuda, All Areas
  22. Liechtenstein, All Areas
  23. Denmark, All Areas
  24. Nigeria, Abuja
  25. Japan, Yokohama
  26. Australia, Canberra
  27. Japan, Osaka
  28. Cayman Islands, All Areas
  29. China, Shanghai
  30. Cayman Islands, George Town
  31. Sweden, Stockholm
  32. Brazil, Sao Paulo
  33. Australia, Melbourne
  34. Japan, Nagoya
  35. Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby
  36. Japan, Kobe
  37. Nigeria, Lagos
  38. Australia, Perth
  39. Japan, Kyoto
  40. Nigeria, Kano
  41. Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
  42. France, Paris
  43. USA, New York (Brooklyn) NY
  44. Nigeria, Ibadan
  45. Jersey, All Areas
  46. Jersey, Saint Helier
  47. Canada, Toronto
  48. Bahamas, Nassau
  49. USA, New York NY
  50. Australia, Brisbane
  51. Montserrat, All Areas
  52. Aruba, All Areas
  53. Russia, Vladivostok
  54. Japan, All Areas
  55. Sweden, All Areas
  56. Canada, Vancouver
  57. Australia, Adelaide
  58. Australia, All Areas
  59. New Caledonia, Noumea
  60. Italy, Rome
  61. Brazil, Brasilia
  62. Mozambique, Maputo
  63. Netherlands Antilles, All Areas
  64. Finland, Helsinki
  65. USA, Honolulu HI
  66. Congo Democratic Rep, Kinshasa
  67. Turks and Caicos Islands, All Areas
  68. Antigua and Barbuda, Saint John's
  69. Canada, Calgary
  70. Barbados, All Areas
  71. Bahamas, All Areas
  72. USA, New York (Queens) NY
  73. Greenland, All Areas
  74. Nigeria, All Areas
  75. Micronesia, Palikir
  76. Austria, Vienna
  77. Central African Republic, Bangui
  78. Greenland, Nuuk
  79. San Marino, San Marino
  80. Guinea, Conakry
  81. Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  82. Barbados, Bridgetown
  83. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Kingstown
  84. Saint Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre
  85. New Caledonia, All Areas
  86. USA, San Jose CA
  87. Korea Republic of, Seoul
  88. Sao Tome and Principe, Sao Tome
  89. Russia, St. Petersburg
  90. Solomon Islands, Honiara
  91. Haiti, Port-au-Prince
  92. Luxembourg, All Areas
  93. Finland, All Areas
  94. Canada, Edmonton
  95. United Kingdom, Bristol
  96. United Kingdom, Manchester
  97. Netherlands, Amsterdam
  98. Germany, Munich
  99. Canada, All Areas
  100. Iceland, Reykjavik


The Top 100 Global Country (All Areas) Rankings - Overall Cost Of Living - All Baskets:

  1. Angola, All Areas
  2. Switzerland, All Areas
  3. Norway, All Areas
  4. Venezuela, All Areas
  5. Bermuda, All Areas
  6. Liechtenstein, All Areas
  7. Denmark, All Areas
  8. Cayman Islands, All Areas
  9. Jersey, All Areas
  10. Montserrat, All Areas
  11. Aruba, All Areas
  12. Japan, All Areas
  13. Sweden, All Areas
  14. Australia, All Areas
  15. Netherlands Antilles, All Areas
  16. Turks and Caicos Islands, All Areas
  17. Barbados, All Areas
  18. Bahamas, All Areas
  19. Greenland, All Areas
  20. Nigeria, All Areas
  21. New Caledonia, All Areas
  22. Luxembourg, All Areas
  23. Finland, All Areas
  24. Canada, All Areas
  25. Antigua and Barbuda, All Areas
  26. Iceland, All Areas
  27. British Virgin Islands, All Areas
  28. Austria, All Areas
  29. Saint Kitts and Nevis, All Areas
  30. Mozambique, All Areas
  31. Falkland Islands, All Areas
  32. Isle of Man, All Areas
  33. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, All Areas
  34. Russia, All Areas
  35. Micronesia, All Areas
  36. USA, Hawaii All Areas HI
  37. Qatar, All Areas
  38. Belgium, All Areas
  39. Grenada, All Areas
  40. Anguilla, All Areas
  41. USA, Alaska All Areas AK
  42. Congo Democratic Rep, All Areas
  43. French Polynesia, All Areas
  44. Sao Tome and Principe, All Areas
  45. Korea Republic of, All Areas
  46. US Virgin Islands, All Areas
  47. Guernsey, All Areas
  48. Solomon Islands, All Areas
  49. United Kingdom, All Areas
  50. New Zealand, All Areas
  51. Martinique, All Areas
  52. Ghana, All Areas
  53. Ireland, All Areas
  54. Germany, All Areas
  55. United Arab Emirates, All Areas
  56. Guam, All Areas
  57. Brazil, All Areas
  58. Vanuatu, All Areas
  59. Taiwan, All Areas
  60. USA, California All Areas CA
  61. Sierra Leone, All Areas
  62. Benin, All Areas
  63. Netherlands, All Areas
  64. USA, New York All Areas NY
  65. Liberia, All Areas
  66. France, All Areas
  67. Saint Helena, All Areas
  68. Israel, All Areas
  69. Reunion, All Areas
  70. USA, Connecticut All Areas CT
  71. Uruguay, All Areas
  72. Guinea, All Areas
  73. Equatorial Guinea, All Areas
  74. Central African Republic, All Areas
  75. Azerbaijan, All Areas
  76. Italy, All Areas
  77. Eritrea, All Areas
  78. Papua New Guinea, All Areas
  79. Jamaica, All Areas
  80. USA, New Jersey All Areas NJ
  81. South Sudan, All Areas
  82. Tuvalu, All Areas
  83. Senegal, All Areas
  84. Malta, All Areas
  85. Samoa, All Areas
  86. USA, Maryland All Areas MD
  87. Belarus, All Areas
  88. Marshall Islands, All Areas
  89. Congo, All Areas
  90. Sudan, All Areas
  91. Nauru, All Areas
  92. Uzbekistan, All Areas
  93. Lebanon, All Areas
  94. Guinea-Bissau, All Areas
  95. Timor-Leste, All Areas
  96. Cyprus, All Areas
  97. Trinidad and Tobago, All Areas
  98. USA, Massachusetts All Areas MA
  99. USA, Rhode Island All Areas RI
  100. Zambia, All Areas


The Top 100 Global City Location Rankings - Overall Cost Of Living - All Baskets:

  1. Switzerland, Zurich
  2. China, Hong Kong
  3. Angola, Luanda
  4. Switzerland, Geneva
  5. Monaco, Monaco
  6. Venezuela, Caracas
  7. Japan, Tokyo
  8. USA, New York (Manhattan) NY
  9. Bermuda, Hamilton
  10. Norway, Oslo
  11. Singapore, Singapore
  12. Russia, Moscow
  13. United Kingdom, London
  14. Australia, Sydney
  15. Liechtenstein, Vaduz
  16. Denmark, Copenhagen
  17. Nigeria, Abuja
  18. Japan, Yokohama
  19. Australia, Canberra
  20. Japan, Osaka
  21. China, Shanghai
  22. Cayman Islands, George Town
  23. Sweden, Stockholm
  24. Brazil, Sao Paulo
  25. Australia, Melbourne
  26. Japan, Nagoya
  27. Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby
  28. Japan, Kobe
  29. Nigeria, Lagos
  30. Australia, Perth
  31. Japan, Kyoto
  32. Nigeria, Kano
  33. Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
  34. France, Paris
  35. USA, New York (Brooklyn) NY
  36. Nigeria, Ibadan
  37. Jersey, Saint Helier
  38. Canada, Toronto
  39. Bahamas, Nassau
  40. USA, New York NY
  41. Australia, Brisbane
  42. Russia, Vladivostok
  43. Canada, Vancouver
  44. Australia, Adelaide
  45. New Caledonia, Noumea
  46. Italy, Rome
  47. Brazil, Brasilia
  48. Mozambique, Maputo
  49. Finland, Helsinki
  50. USA, Honolulu HI
  51. Congo Democratic Rep, Kinshasa
  52. Antigua and Barbuda, Saint John's
  53. Canada, Calgary
  54. USA, New York (Queens) NY
  55. Micronesia, Palikir
  56. Austria, Vienna
  57. Central African Republic, Bangui
  58. Greenland, Nuuk
  59. San Marino, San Marino
  60. Guinea, Conakry
  61. Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  62. Barbados, Bridgetown
  63. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Kingstown
  64. Saint Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre
  65. USA, San Jose CA
  66. Korea Republic of, Seoul
  67. Sao Tome and Principe, Sao Tome
  68. Russia, St. Petersburg
  69. Solomon Islands, Honiara
  70. Haiti, Port-au-Prince
  71. Canada, Edmonton
  72. United Kingdom, Bristol
  73. United Kingdom, Manchester
  74. Netherlands, Amsterdam
  75. Germany, Munich
  76. Iceland, Reykjavik
  77. Grenada, Saint George's
  78. Falkland Islands, Stanley
  79. USA, San Francisco CA
  80. United Kingdom, Glasgow
  81. New Zealand, Auckland
  82. New Zealand, Wellington
  83. Canada, Montreal
  84. French Polynesia, Papeete
  85. Isle of Man, Douglas
  86. Qatar, Doha
  87. Sierra Leone, Freetown
  88. Belgium, Brussels
  89. Korea Republic of, Daegu
  90. United Kingdom, Edinburgh
  91. Korea Republic of, Incheon
  92. Guinea-Bissau, Bissau
  93. Germany, Frankfurt
  94. United Kingdom, Aberdeen
  95. Guernsey, St Peter Port
  96. Liberia, Monrovia
  97. Japan, Kawasaki
  98. United Kingdom, Luton
  99. Taiwan, Taipei
  100. Martinique, Fort-de-France

 

Reference
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 October 2013


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