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The world's most expensive big cities in 2010 Print E-mail

In Mercer’s 2010 survey, New York is used as the base city for the index and scores 100 points, all cities are compared against New York and currency movements are measured against the US dollar. The index is based on cost of living expressed in US dollars. Therefore, if the dollar weakens against the local currency of a city, the city becomes more expensive and moves up the index, even if prices expressed in local currency remain the same or go down.

The index is based on cost of living expressed in US dollars. Therefore, if the dollar weakens against the local currency of a city, the city becomes more expensive and moves up the index, even if prices expressed in local currency remain the same or go down.

Rank 2010
Rank 2009*
City
Country
1
-
Luanda Angola
2
1
Tokyo Japan
3
-
Ndjamena Chad
4
3
Moscow Russia
5
4
Geneva Switzerland
6
2
Osaka Japan
7
-
Libreville Gabon
=8
6
Zurich Switzerland
=8
5
Hong Kong Hong Kong
10
7
Copenhagen Denmark
=11
10
Singapore Singapore
=11
14
Oslo Norway
13
-
Victoria Seychelles
14
-
Seoul South Korea
15
11
Milan Italy
16
9
Beijing China
=17
16
London UK
=17
13
Paris France
=19
17
Tel Aviv Israel
=19
-
Nagoya Japan
21
-
Sao Paulo Brazil
22
-
Bern Switzerland
23
-
Niamey Niger
24
-
Sydney Australia
25
12
Shanghai China
26
18
Rome Italy
27
8
New York City USA
28
21
Vienna Austria
29
-
Rio de Janeir Brazil
30
46
St Petersburg Russia
31
19
Helsinki Finland
32
=34
Dakar Senegal
=33
-
Bangui Central African Republi
=33
51
Melbourne Australia
35
29
Amsterdam Netherlands
36
-
Baku Azerbaijan
37
30
Bratislava Slovakia
=38
=23
Guangzhou China
=38
-
Noumea New Caledonia
=40
28
Athens Greece
=40
27
Douala Cameroon
=42
22
Shenzhen China
=42
25
Dublin Ireland
44
-
Istanbul Turkey
=45
34
Abidjan ivory Coast
=45
-
Havana Cuba
47
-
Prague Czech Republic
48
-
Brazzavillet Congo
49
=38
Barcelona Spain
=50
48
Frankfurt Germany
=50
26i
Abu Dhabi UAE

Research by Mercer Consulting. Please note: *Additional cities have been added to the 2010 rankings. A direct comparison with the 2009 rankings is therefore not possible.

Source: http://www.citymayors.com/features/cost_survey.html , 29th June 2010

 
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