The World’s Most Expensive Cities for Expatriates

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The capital of Angola is the world’s most expensive city for expatriates, according to the Mercer Worldwide Cost of Living Survey. Tokyo, regularly rated as one of the world’s most expensive cities, occupies second place followed by Ndjamena, the capital of Chad, in third. Barcelona, meanwhile, lies in 49th position.

The survey, which covers 214 cities across five continents, found that developing cities were actually more expensive for expats to live in than Western cities such as New York or Washington DC, widely viewed as pricey.

The ranking was based on the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment. New York was used as the base city for the index and currency movements are measured against the US dollar.

For more information about the rankings, click here.