As a growing kid and trying to understand the economy of the world at that age, I always understood that Tokyo is the costliest city to live in. However, the facts have changed now, and that I am grown up enough to talk about it based on relevant sources. Tokyo no longer exists on the list of 10 most expensive cities in the world for expatriates. Tokyo, the world’s biggest city, slipped from 10th to 13th in the survey by ECA International, which measures the cost of food, basic items including drink and tobacco, and other costs such as clothing and electrical goods. Seoul remains Asia’s most expensive city, moving to 7th from 8th in the global rankings. Taipei fell six places to 94th in the world, or 6th in Asia, the survey said. Hong Kong remained the 5th most expensive city to live in Asia, while Singapore rose 10 places to 122nd globally and ninth in the region, because of a stronger Singapore dollar. Rapid economic growth has pushed up the cost of goods and services in India and China, the survey said. China’s most expensive city, Beijing, rose 13 places to 95th in the global ranking because of again in the yuan and higher food costs, while Mumbai gained 14 spots to 177th place. The two cities rank seventh and 24th respectively in Asia.
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World’s 10 Most Expensive Cities
1. Luanda, Angola
2. Oslo, Norway
3. Moscow, Russia
4. Stavanger, Norway
5. Copenhagen, Denmark
6. Kinshasa, Congo Democratic Rep.
7. Seoul, Korea Republic
8. Libreville, Gabon
9. Geneva, Switzerland
10. London, U.K.
What more shocking is that Harare, Zimbabwe, was the world’s most expensive city in 2006.