February 15th, 2012
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Zurich has overtaken Tokyo to rank as the world’s most expensive city for the first time in 20 years, according to the  Economist Intelligence Unit's latest Worldwide Cost of Living Survey.  The Swiss city was joined in the top five by Geneva, which rose to third place to tie with Osaka.

Whilst Switzerland has long been home to some of the priciest places to live, its upswing in the rankings can be attributed to the heavy investment in the Swiss franc, which is seen as a relatively safe currency outside of the embattled Eurozone, according to the report. Local price inflation in Switzerland has been low, but the report explained that "local inflation in mature markets always has far less influence on the relative cost of living than the currency movements of the countries in question."

Cities in the Asia-Pacific make up half of the top ten—in addition to Tokyo and Osaka, Sydney and Melbourne placed seventh and eighth, respectively, followed by Singapore. Seoul climbed 13 places over the last year to 27th place, and Chinese cities are also increasingly expensive, with Shanghai surpassing New York by two places to rank 42nd.

Hong Kong, which has long been noted as an expensive place to live, is surprisingly ranked at 22, much lower than its third-placed position a decade ago.  The report attributed this to Hong Kong’s currency peg to the weak U.S. dollar, enabling price increases to not be compounded by exchange rate appreciation.

At the same time, deals can still be found in Asia, as other Asian cities rank as the cheapest places to live.  Mumbai and New Delhi in India, and Karachi, Pakistan rank in the bottom five, due to cheap labor and land costs. The report said these factors are “why India has been such a target of labor outsourcing, relocation, and foreign direct investment over the last decade,” although it notes that these advantages are accompanied by certain security risks.

The survey, which is conducted twice a year, compares hundreds of prices across 160 products and services, including food, household supplies, transport, utilities, and schooling.

Top 10

Rank                City                 Country                       WCOL index (New York= 100)

1                     Zurich              Switzerland                 170

2                     Tokyo              Japan                           166

3                     Geneva           Switzerland                 157

3                     Osaka             Japan                            157

5                     Oslo                Norway                         156

6                     Paris               France                           150

7                     Sydney           Australia                       147

8                     Melbourne    Australia                       145

9                     Singapore       Singapore                  142

10                   Frankfurt        Germany                     137

Bottom 10

Rank                City                 Country                       WCOL index (New York= 100)

120                 Muscat            Oman                            63

123                  Dhaka             Bangladesh               61

124                 Algiers            Algeria                          59

125                Kathmandu    Nepal                            58

125                 Panama City   Panama                     58

127                 Jeddah            Saudi Arabia              57

128                 New Delhi       India                            56

129                 Tehran            Iran                              54

130                  Mumbai          India                            52

131                 Karachi           Pakistan                     46

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  1. Ali

    The picture on the story is of Luzern, not Zurich. I guess this happens when news media starts to rely on "iReporters" for contents.

    February 15, 2012 at 5:59 am |
  2. Guest

    I live in Zurich, and the photo is definitely Zurich, not Luzern. It was taken between Bellvue and Helmhaus, and you can see the Fraumunster and St. Peter's cathedrals.

    February 15, 2012 at 6:35 am |
  3. alexisklai

    Well spotted, Ali. Image now changed -Eds

    February 15, 2012 at 6:38 am |
  4. Scott


    Umm that's simple wrong, been to Zurich plenty of times and I recognize those clock towers right way, that's Zurich alright...

    February 15, 2012 at 6:44 am |
  5. CalMU

    European Countries have topped the list, with Zurich being on top of the charts.

    February 15, 2012 at 7:04 am |
  6. W

    Mumbai...Cheap!!! you guys have lost it completely – try and buy a decent 3BR house in Mumbai for less than a million USD...try and go out for drinks and dinner at a half decent place for less than $100

    February 15, 2012 at 7:27 am |
  7. Ziggy

    Ali and Scott,
    You are both wrong. The picture is clearly Antarctica, even Americans would notice that. You should both be ashamed of your blatant ignorance.

    February 15, 2012 at 7:30 am |
  8. Danzo

    Tehran is bloody expensive!

    February 15, 2012 at 7:36 am |
  9. Victor Perton

    The survey is not a general cost of living measure but is aimed "towards executives relocating... used to calculate fair compensation." The surging Swiss and Australian currencies and the nations' prosperity has been the greatest influence according to the survey editor Jon Copestake. "Factors such as stability and good infrastructure will promote investment, which contributes to driving up the cost of living."

    Surprisingly, the most expensive North American city was Vancouver at no 37 followed by Los Angeles at no 42 and New York even more surprisingly at 47 (must not include a Manhatten apartment).

    Having been in Auckland for a few days, I am surprised that Auckland is ranked 15 but I was spending Australian dollars (humour :) ) and enjoying legendary New Zealand hospitality.

    Australia's unemployment is about 5% and the economy is believed to be the fastest growing OECD economy in 2o12. OECD forecasts predict Australia will have the fastest growth in the developed world in 2012: a rate of 4 per cent equaled only by Chile and approached only by Korea at 3.8 per cent. The OECD says the resources boom and strong terms of trade should offset the negative effects of the high Australian dollar.

    The Australian population is undoubtedly better off as Australian income growth has exceeded price increases. Tourism numbers with 1 million Aussies to visit the USA this year give a strong indication of confidence and increased disposable income.

    February 15, 2012 at 7:39 am |
  10. Otis

    Top 10 aand bottom 10, Where are the test of the rankings?

    February 15, 2012 at 7:39 am |
  11. James

    This list / surgery is INVALID simply for listing Mumbai & Delhi as one of the world's CHEAPEST!! Which is a joke beyond being funny at all. Mumbai is infact one of the most expensive places to live in the world, inflation is skyrocketing past couple of years, even as a tourist with US Dollars its not cheap. Obviously this survey hasn't taken into account many many things.

    February 15, 2012 at 7:45 am |
  12. Whoops

    Might wanna take the Outlook Web Access part outta the link ... just saying :)


    February 15, 2012 at 7:45 am |
  13. Lanz

    The picture on the Europe page is of Luzern, its the Kapellbrücke. I'm Swiss and know what I'm talking about.

    February 15, 2012 at 7:46 am |
  14. nkp

    lol mumbai being cheapest...they are couple of acre of land in mumbai for over 200million USD. what a joke. the whole survey is a joke.

    February 15, 2012 at 8:00 am |
  15. Alex

    In Moscow a cup of coffee at Starbuks costs 7 $. Does it cheap ?

    February 15, 2012 at 8:16 am |
  16. landon

    so being ranked as the most expensive is primarily an issue about foreign-exchange concern..hahaha..the article is funny.

    February 15, 2012 at 8:20 am |
  17. Kavita

    Mumbai is NOT inexpensive!!!

    February 15, 2012 at 8:35 am |
  18. Tandoori

    when they put Mumbai at the bottom- they probably meant among the cheapest-LOOKING city, not the cheaper to live.

    February 15, 2012 at 8:37 am |
  19. Slew

    Jeddah is one of the most expensive cities in Saudi. I doubt the accuracy of this list!!

    February 15, 2012 at 8:50 am |
  20. Kluver

    I know what they mean. Buy any vegetable or fruits in first world you will get surprised that you are in debts.

    February 15, 2012 at 9:08 am |
  21. Kluver

    Reporter is living in a "fairy tale" LAND COST CHEAP IN NEW DELHI AND MUMBAI???????????????? WAKE UP TO THE REAL WORLD.

    February 15, 2012 at 9:10 am |
  22. Fas4u


    February 15, 2012 at 9:12 am |
  23. sparkler

    Of course it is Zurich. If never been there.. Google will help you dude!

    February 15, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  24. Laura Seaquest-Bradley

    From Gartner Quadrants to Forrester Research to Moody's, there are hundreds of groups that produce economic analysis that are being paid for it. These folks don't do this for free! And the people who pay more get their city, or product, or country listed more favorably than others (who don't pay). WCOL index is no more reliable than any other marketing scheme. They get paid to list a certain city higher than another. Zurich is no more expensive than Paris and London is far more expensive than either (but Zurich paid WCOL more than London did). It's a sham and people eat it up.

    February 15, 2012 at 10:19 am |
  25. Michelle

    Give Ali a break guys! The original photo WAS Lucerne – and the thumbnail associated with this story if you post on facebook (which I did b/c I live in Zurich!) is STILL Lucerne. The eds. made a comment that they changed it.

    February 15, 2012 at 10:22 am |
  26. BBC

    Mumbai generally are very cheap! That is an affirmative observation. The only expensive places are those 5 stars hotels, indulgence restaurants mainly visit by the super riches or foolish foreigners like me.

    February 15, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  27. Aryan jena

    mumbai is cheap!!!R u kiddin me....it has some highest real estate prices in the world.Nowf u want to live in a slum it's upto u..By the way it's freakin cheap out there..

    February 15, 2012 at 11:04 am |
  28. betty

    Wow, as if I needed another reason to move to Karachi!

    February 15, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  29. Terry

    Who performs this research? Everyone on the staff should get out more. This would be a great idea for a reality show. Give the contestants $500 US and see how many days they could survive in Mumbai. By the way, the photo was taken in Zurich.

    February 15, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  30. khanh huyen

    well in the top 10, USA doesn't appear. I am really surprised.It is an expensive country, isn't it?

    February 15, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  31. Martha H

    TOTALLY AGREE!! I just returned from a Europe trip with three teenagers and lunch (4 sandwhiches and 3 beverages of Coke) were $75.00 US dollars!!!!!

    February 15, 2012 at 11:59 am |

    Mitt Romney and friends are too busy ripping off the poor to find time to read your article! Furthermore, the rich already know where the expensive cities are! After all, these places are the playground of the rich and famous!

    February 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  33. Adam

    Doha, Qatar should definitely be in the top ten most expensive places to live.

    February 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  34. Khan

    Well Well, This article could be true in 1912, Guys its 2012, I can sell 3 BR Apartment in Mumbai,Colaba for 12 Million USD and Purchase a huge Villa is Zurich and still purchase BMW in Zurich, Wake Up Guys

    February 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  35. Jorge

    Now you know why Jesus loathed moneychangers and middlemen, who basically make fortunes by diddling with other peoples money while producing basically NOTHING tangible for society. Goes to show you that what is a good economy for some, is a scourge for many.

    February 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  36. Seattleite

    Victor Perton's comments are correct; this study looks at costs in US dollar terms, without taking into account the wages earned by the locals. Studies that are more informative are those that link average house prices or cost of a set series of common-use items to the average salary in that same area. A recent such study showed that house prices in Vancouver and Sydney were the second and third highest in the world relative to salary – 10.5 times and 9.5 times respectively.

    February 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  37. DJ

    I live in Europe and in Mumbai. For me, mumbai is as costly as city like Amsterdam in Europe in terms Purchasing Power. You cannot get a decent 2BHK apartment in Mumbai for less than 2 Million Dollars or more and in fact you can get less than that in Amsterdam. !!! And 2 BHK in Mumbai is not big it would be 80 meter sqaure or bit more than that....

    February 15, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  38. tour ecuador

    In QUITO – ECUADOR, one very big department 2 years old 140m2 costs around 100000 US dollars, here in Zurich one department 60 years old 50m2 costs around 200000.
    a lunch in ECUADOR = 2 dollars
    a lunch in ZURICH = 30 francs
    a soda in ECUADOR = 0.35 cents
    a soda in ZURICH = 3 francs.
    ECUADOR, life at its purest...

    February 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  39. Willbur

    This is a poor fluff piece that appears on some form or another every 6 months. The State Department issues a more comprehensive list on their website, which is likely the original source of these reports. So the figures are relative to the trading value of the US dollar, and not really accurate for someone with an income in local currency. The important thing seems to be a picture which either is or is not Zurich, as argued by people who live there or have been there.

    February 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  40. Henk

    That`s true. CNN should have mentioned this. The Dollar has fallen a lot more vs the Swiss Franc over the past decade then the Euro has. You would get only 0.6 Dollar for 1 Swiss Franc in the year 2000. Now in 2012 you can already get 1.1 Dollar for Each Swiss Franc. In 2000 you would get 0.6 Euro`s for each Swiss Franc, now you get 0.82 Euro`s. The Dollar has dropped far more in value then the Euro has. This is also seen in the Euro vs Dollar value`s over the past decade.

    February 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  41. Joe DIrt

    I bet thar aint many Walmarts, shootin ranges n rodeos in them top 10 citys.

    February 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  42. Scattershot

    The fact that Amsterdam is not on the top 10 list completely invalidates the survey. We've lived in Switzerland and The Netherlands. The Dutch cost of housing is double the Swiss and the other items are no less.

    February 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  43. David

    Remember, the rankings use NYC as a baseline with a score of 100. So it is all relative as to how things are going in the Big Apple.

    February 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  44. Floyd Burgoz

    That is where wealthy Americans stash the cash.

    February 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  45. sphere82

    you guys are talking about different pics. The city under heading on previous page, "the most expensive city", is definitely Luzern, with the old bridge in the foreground. Zurich may be in the picture on this page.

    February 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  46. Terry

    What!!! Izhevsk in the Udmurt Republic didn't make the top spot?

    February 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  47. Dee

    Did the survey consider the cost of buying/renting real estate? That is the biggest expense for most people. Why is New York not in the top 10? The cost to rent/buy an apartment in NYC is astronomical.

    February 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  48. Faulkmans

    Mumbai and New Delhi have cheap land? Someone is on drugs

    February 15, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  49. Colin

    Another reason that Karachi, Pakistan is a cheap place to live is that you stand a good chance of being blown up on a daily basis. That tends to lower prices.

    February 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  50. Anna Smith

    Ali, that image is definitely Zurich and not Luzern since I lived there.

    February 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  51. Timbert

    How come Camden, NJ didn't make the Bottom 10 list?

    February 15, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  52. Cole-Boston

    OUCH!!!! Sydney #7! Heading there for Mardi Gras 2/26/12..Hope to find some decent places to grab a bite or have a beer!!!!

    February 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  53. BBC

    real estate to many is investment, does not make Mumbai an expensive city.

    February 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  54. Oscar

    Was this ranking done before or after they lowered the CHF through a peg to the EUR?

    The picture is of Zurich now but it sounds like the editors changed it after Ali's comment.

    February 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  55. starvethebeast

    stop feeding the beast, people! flush the parasites down the toilet! yes, you can live OUTSIDE the parasitic system!

    February 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  56. bobby

    karachi here we come lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalla

    February 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  57. stupid article

    delhi mumbai... cheap land costs...!! are u crazy...?!! land costs in most areas of delhi and mumbai is much more expensive compared to any city in usa..

    February 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  58. franx

    I was charged US $32 for a single Jack & Coke in Zurich last summer... my most expensive drink to date.

    February 15, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  59. Ramil

    This doesnt make sense... Mumbai and Delhi are the Cheapest Cities to live? Really? Seems like who ever made this list has never been to either of these 2 cities... Dumb report I guess

    February 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  60. lemark

    Woo hoo Karachi Pakistan... I'm off to live in the cheapest place in the world!

    February 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  61. NABA

    Dump this survey – Garbage – No Substance – These media guys are not worth a Penny.

    February 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  62. Completely Wrong Information

    Mumbai....Just visit this place and have a stay for a month ..you will go crazy ...housing is expensive that any city in US even if you spend in $$$

    February 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  63. Dr. Gonzo

    Any place where millionaires can hide their money and evade taxes will be the most expensive city to live in. They don’t want any outsiders.

    February 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  64. daveinla

    What about Pyongyan (sp?) in North Korea? C'mon that place is a bargain hunters paradise!

    February 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  65. Anna

    Funny. I know why some are completed dumbfounded with this list. I've been to India 3 times. Mumbai is VERY expensive! My in laws live there and have a 3bd place. If they every decided to sell their property they could very easily buy a house in Los Altos, CA or New York, NY. I really question this article's' data...

    February 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  66. MV

    I live on Martha's Vineyard. Chilmark, one of the island's towns, is consistently rated the most expensive town in America. Last time I checked, there was only one house on the market for less than $1 million (US) and it was a shed on a tiny piece of land. However since MV doesn't have any "cities" it won't be on a survey like this. Most year-rounders live like peasants, but it's a free country, so we can move if we want. No one is holding a gun against anyone's head forcing them to live in any of these over-rated, extremely expensive places.

    OMG: Ali, are you blind, that picture is soooo Zurich and not Luzern ... LOL .... (it's obvious that Ali was correct, then the web site corrected their mistake and then everyone else saw Ali's comment after the incorrect photo was fixed ... )

    PS. Can anyone recommend a good buyer's agent in Karachi, Pakistan?

    The picture on the story is of Luzern, not Zurich

    February 15, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  67. sandy

    someone does not know, what he is talking about, putting new delhi and mumbai in bottom....u got to be kidding ...if not write this article again with proper research.

    February 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  68. sam

    How is Ecuador not in the bottom list? Big seafood lunch with drinks was under $2 and New York City is much more expensive than Paris. I found good meals in Paris for under $5, try that in New York.

    February 15, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  69. Anonymous

    These lists are kink of misleading. Sort of like the list of the most populous cities.

    I believe technically, Nuuk Greenland is the most expensive city. That's assuming you need to buy the same things one buys in Copenhagen. The locals eat and use things that can be produced locally which are cheaper. They eat fish nostrils and are quite content.

    Also, the criteria probably doesn't include the cost of security, which would make Karachi prohibitively expensive. Or medical care, public transport, etc...

    February 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  70. JF

    @Victor Perton, New Zealand is expected to have a GDP growth equal to, if not slightly higher than, Australia in 2012 and in the years to come. Please do not play the game played by US media of ALWAYS mentioning/talking about Australia and not giving a bird's crap about New Zealand. And yes, I'm from New Zealand and yes, Auckland is A LOT cheaper than basically all the major cities in the developed world.

    February 15, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  71. ZKEF

    Abolutely right "Fas4u"

    February 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
  72. Manoj

    Indian cities are definitely not the cheapest to live in.. If we do a like for like comparison beyond labor and basic items, Indian cities are more expensive than most of the developed cities. Take for e.g. cost of buying a flat in Mumbai, accommodation in a five star hotel, shopping in malls, etc

    February 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  73. john

    good thing Ali wasn't the reporter given that she doesn't know her cities ....duh

    February 15, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  74. AJ

    Mumbai is cheap? Wow. The folks conducting the survey definitely haven't bothered cross-checking their facts.

    February 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
  75. Scarman

    Actually no. 1 spot should go to.......................... Luanda, the capital of Angola. Due to an economy ruined by decades of civil war and a corrupt system a small (and not particularly nice) house will cost you $10,000 a month to rent and a kilo of tomatoes a whopping $16! Almost everything is imported and corrupt customs officials take their cut of the action – increasing prices further. A far cry from the glitz and glamour fo Zurich and Tokyo...

    February 15, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  76. teofilo

    How about London. I though until last year was the second ot third most expensive

    February 15, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  77. shosh

    karachi is one of the cheapest cities? the cost of living has shot through the roof here. And it is expected to worsen thanks the energy crisis. would like to know the criteria and assumptions of the survey...

    February 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
  78. latefor

    In Australia the few that can afford to splash the high Aussie dollar mask the many who are on struggle street and the divide is increasing.People are finding it difficult to pay utilities such as gas and electricity.

    February 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
  79. latefor

    Also in Australia a forum for comment such as this is controlled and censored. I would not see my comment immediately if at all.

    February 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
  80. FS

    Can someone tell me why exchange rate fluctuations are a large component in the cost of living analysis? Live in Zurich, earn in Zurich, spend in Zurich. No exchange rate. Cost of visiting, sure, get ready to spend lots of dollars.

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    February 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
  83. eman

    See the elephant is dying and die a very sad situation

    February 15, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
  84. curious observer

    What an anamoly.. the cheapest city houses the most expensive house in the world ( Ambani's Atilla) :)

    February 16, 2012 at 1:50 am |
  85. GG

    Toronto is very expensive as well. Imagine working for $10-12/hour and having to pay $1200 rent every month without utilities, food and transportation (public transit is $3.00 one way). Of course I would imagine Athens to be the most expensive, where the majority of wages range between 400-600 euros each month. Food, utility and transportation prices are at least equal to other European nations. Gasoline is nearly 2 euros a litre... I think the list above is wrong.

    February 16, 2012 at 4:05 am |
  86. mike l

    This rediculous everyone can't be rich who lives in those countries,why a million for a 3 bedroom with little space , these are nuts.

    February 16, 2012 at 6:25 am |
  87. mike l

    The rich get richer scheme. Its Kool living in other countries, exploreing and tasteing different foods, however nothin beats living in America. It's expensive,but its better bein over here

    February 16, 2012 at 6:32 am |
  88. Young-Wan Kim

    Do not been Seoul in Korea. Korea is very expensive country. When I visit several neighborhood country, Tokyo, Osaka, Shanhai, Beijin, Taibei etc.... I think that Korea is high more than them cunsumers price. This report have not been a standard . This research is the outline.

    February 16, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  89. Jessica Ramesch

    The listed bottom ten have non-consecutive ranking numbers. Have you omitted countries and if so, what's the criteria?

    February 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  90. Michael53

    Ali is correct-the link photo is definately of Luzern. Not only is the iconic wooden footbridge (which recently burned down) visible, but also the Hotel Alpes on the left side of the waterway.

    February 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  91. CNY

    I don't want to argue with anyone who is denying Mumbai and New Delhi are cheaps. Well, let's me ask you....ARE THERE ANY SLUM IN MUMBAI or NEW DELHI? Is anyone living under $1.00 a day? Therefore, they are CHEAP and POOR and STOP PRETENDING YOU ARE RICH!

    February 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  92. boooyha

    Thank you CNY it is possible to live in the bottom 10 with less than a dollar US a day it is not though in Switzerland Paris or London

    February 16, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
  93. K Marx

    Wow, how did Europe get to be so expensive? Oh yeah, socialism.

    February 16, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  94. Louise

    Where does London come it seems pretty expensive here to me, compared to Hong Kong where I lived for a year.

    February 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  95. LoCoSu@%s

    Poorly written article.
    Here is how the WCOL is calculated http://help.worldwidecostofliving.com/AbouttheEIUWorldwideCostofLivingsurvey/Howisthecostoflivingindexcalculated.aspx
    I could not find any mention of real estate costs contributing to WCOL, however the article claims Mumbai and Delhi have low real estate costs.
    WRONG – on two counts – including the cost of real estate in the analysis and
    assuming real estate is cheap in Mumbai and Delhi
    Irresponsible reporting. Alexis Lai should be sent to Mumbai and Delhi on his/her own money.

    February 17, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
  96. Hari

    people must be careful not to misinterpret results: Goods and services may be the most expensive in the top ten cities, but wages are also much higher. A more telling study would be adjusted for average income, and would rank cities with highest cost of living relative to average income...a list like that would more clearly illustrate the most economically demanding environments in which to live, and I think cities like New Delhi and Beijing would rank much higher since wages there are so low.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:40 am |
  97. ashok

    Something is very wrong with the research, if it is putting Mumbai and Delhi near the bottom of the list. Or else, the cost of housing (renting and purchasing) is not a factor in the study. Mumbai is easily one of the very most expensive cities in the world to buy apartments, and you can forget about buying land – cheaper to buy land under the White House. The research needs to be reconsidered.

    February 21, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  98. Robert

    I've lived in Panama City, Panama, which is ranked number 125. It is a beautiful city, and tropical to boot. I'd live there in a heartbeat. Cheap rent. Cheap eats. Free beach. What more can you ask for????

    February 21, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
  99. ChuckNorris

    I'm retiring in Kathmandu with $10K and going to live like a king!

    February 21, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
  100. caspiar

    Ok! For all you people who keep stating that Mumbai doesn't have cheap land, you did not read the article. The article is about expenses to live there. First of all Mumbai is also not on the bottom of the list, some place in Pakistan is(also not a shocker). This means that the cost of living there is the cheapest and obviously not if you live in one of a few billion rupee buildings. However food, cost of schools, utilities and all those things are included in the survey. If you have ever been to India in new Delhi or Mumbai you would know that you can buy a great deal of things for very very little. That is the point. So don't take offence if you live in Mumbai, but yes things are cheaper there then say Tokyo where everything costs a lot of real world money.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  101. J

    I have lived in Dubai, Munich, Hamburg....& Mumbai. and still Mumbai was much more expensive to live in. I would never think twice when I want to go out in Munich, but would think thrice before spending out money in Mumbai. This offcourse is true if you are not living in slums, which perhaps the CNN reporters did! You Americans..."Good Job" !!!

    February 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  102. Geert

    European cities rank so high because of the whole set of "wealth creation"parameters that work well together despite all the derogative suggestions in anglo-media,Is it envy? Call it socialism (which? ) if you want....it's the continent that unites most desirable features for a large cross-section of its citizens, and that comes at a price!

    February 23, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
  103. tom wittmann

    This is not the cost of living for the population, but for tourist and for executives of foreign companies staying there, your outrageous CNN reporter.
    If Shanghai , which also has an ordinal above 100, has a cost of living above the NY's, how the Chinese laborers earning between, $ 100-150 a month, have still not starved?? As Mr. LAI by his name is of Chinese ethnicity, I would suggest CNN fires or pay him a Chinese Salary. You agree, .不,先生,赖吗?

    February 25, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
  104. Jason

    The rankings are foolish if they don't take into account the purchasing power of the local currencies. Mumbai, Delhi, Tehran, are very expensive places to live, if you are earning and paying in local currency. Mumbai is expensive even you earn in dollars, actually. European cities are higher only because of the favorable dollar-euro conversion rate.

    February 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  105. Nikki

    Caspiar, everyone whining is not stupid. They've read the article. As have I. I understand what they took into consideration to conduct the survey, but clearly those factors are not conducive to producing accurate results. As Jason stated before me, purchasing power is quite clearly a huge factor in calculating what is considered "expensive", and that has not even been taken into account. It's kind of a worthless survey.

    February 29, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  106. ciscoheat

    Come on people...quit assuming you know stuff that you don't. That picture is clearly from Zurich. Don't believe those that truly know, then go to the following site which shows the church: fraumuenster.ch Look up the address in google maps: Münsterhof
    8001 Zurich, Switzerland. Move around the city, you can see the exact same picture (minus the Ferris wheel) With that said, can all of you saying it wasn't Zurich please admit you were wrong and move on now? I hate how defiant people are when they are wrong!

    March 3, 2012 at 5:44 am |
  107. Ashutosh Roy

    To this web site,
    This is a very good web site but there no more things than other site. From, Ashutosh Roy. Date.5.3.2012(when i read in class nine)

    March 5, 2012 at 2:47 am |
  108. James

    Mitesh They do have WiFi service at Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 but it is not free. You have to brbscuise to T-Mobile and they charge it on your credit card.On the other hand, Singapore Airport has FREE WiFi service and comfy seating arrangement for their transit or waiting passenger.Pravin and Jay Thank you very much.

    March 29, 2012 at 8:24 am |
  109. Optima Moving

    If we are talking abour expencive places to leave. How abour Russioa Moskow ?


    April 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm |

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