50 most expensive cities in the world

2012-06-12 14:59

Travelling on a shoe string budget?

In order to help your finances stay firm, we've decided to take a look at Mercer's latest listing of the world's 50 most expensive cities. Now the choice is yours: either keep feeding that little pink piggy bank, or pick a more affordable destination.

Japan has a whopping three cities in the top 10, with Tokyo right on top, followed shortly by Osaka in number three and Nagoya in the number 10 position.

Last year's surprising top spot, the Angolan capital of Luanda, has shifted down one position, while Russia's Moscow has stayed steady at number four. The rest of the top ten slots are filled from number five to nine as follows: Geneva (Switzerland), Zurich (Switzerland), Singapore, N'Djamena (Chad) and Hong Kong.

Australia is the country that boasts the most cities and these six are: Sydney (11), Melbourne (15), Perth (19), Canberra (23), Brisbane (24), and Adelaide (27). 

Runners-up include China, filling four slots, then Brazil, Japan, and Switzerland, each with three entrants. 

Interestingly enough the UK and the US each only have one city on the list, and also no surprises as to which they are: London (25) for the UK, of course, and New York city (33) for the US. Both these famous cities have, however moved down in the rankings: London from 18 to 25, and New York, only one slot from 32 to 33. 

Some of the most surprising cities listed include: Libreville (Gabon), Khartoum (Sudan), Yangon (Myanmar), Victoria (Seychelles) and Dakar (Senegal). The two latter cities share the 50th position. 

Paris, France and Milan, Italy also make a rather expected appearance, but at the surprisingly low slots of 37 and 38.

Interestingly not one Canadian or German city made it into the top 50, as many travellers would expect.

Take a look at the entire list:

1 Tokyo, Japan

2 Luanda, Angola

3 Osaka, Japan

4 Moscow, Russia

5 Geneva, Switzerland

6 Zurich, Switzerland

7 Singapore, Singapore

8 N'Djamena, Chad

9 Hong Kong, Hong Kong

10 Nagoya, Japan

11 Sydney, Australia

12 Sao Paulo, Brazil

13 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

14 Bern, Switzerland

15 Melbourne, Australia

16 Shanghai, China

17 Beijing, China

18 Oslo, Norway

19 Perth, Australia

20 Libreville, Gabon

21 Copenhagen, Denmark

22 Seoul, South Korea

23 Canberra, Australia

24 Brisbane, Australia

25 London, United Kingdom

26 Khartoum, Sudan

27 Adelaide, Australia

28 St. Petersburg, Russia

29 Caracas, Venezuela

30 Shenzhen, China

31 Tel Aviv, Israel

32 Guangzhou, China

33 New York City, NY, United States

34 Niamey, Niger

35 Yangon, Myanmar

36 Kinshasa, Dem. Rep. of the Congo

37 Paris, France

38 Milan, Italy

39 Lagos, Nigeria

40 Bamako, Mali

41 Abidjan, Cote D'ivoire

42 Rome, Italy

43 Brazzaville, Congo

44 Djibouti, Djibouti

45 Brasilia, Brazil

46 Stockholm, Sweden

47 Noumea, New Caledonia

48 Vienna, Austria

49 Baku, Azerbaijan

50 Victoria, Seychelles

50 Dakar, Senegal

Source: SMH

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