The 20 Most Expensive Cities in the World 2014

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1 | London, UK

It’s the monthly transport costs of £131 and high rent that are causing city dwellers here to struggle, though petrol is also £1.39 a liter – more than double the price in LA.


2 | Oslo, Norway

Where a bottle of decent red table wine is on average an eye-watering £17.


3 | Swiss, Geneva

Half a kg of chicken breast here costs £9 on average.


4 | Zurich

Hot on New York’s heels is Zurich, where 12 eggs costs an astonishing £4.26 and cold medicine for six days is £12. Better take those vitamins.


5 | New York, USA

Two tickets to the theater here (best available seats) will leave you £197 out of pocket.


6 | Lausanne, Switzerland

Five miles in a taxi here costs on average £23, so it might be worth buying some running shoes.


7 | Singapore

A new Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. here is an incredible £78,806: in Santo Domingo, for example, the price is 86 per cent lower.


8 | Paris, France

In Paris, rent is high at £2,141 a month – though predictably enough, red wine and eating out are on the lower end of the spending scale.


9 | San Francisco

Where a bottle of decent red wine in the shops is £10.


10 | Copenhagen

Where two liters of Coca-Cola costs almost £3.


11 | Sydney

A pack of Marlboro cigarettes costs £10 here, so it’s a bad place to be a smoker.


12 | Hong Kong

Where average rent is a staggering £2,840 (though a pair of cinema tickets will only set you back £13).

12-Hong Kong

13 | Brisbane

Good seats for the theater will cost around £113, while a month of gym membership in the business district is £42. On the plus side, the beach is free.


14 | The Hague, Netherlands

Where a pair of average business shoes costs £109, is next on the list.

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15 | Stockholm

Where a cocktail can cost you £11: at least you’ll find it easy to cut down on the booze.


16 | Honolulu, US

Honolulu in the US is beautiful, but far from cheap: utilities here would set you back a steep £200 a month.


17 | Amsterdam

Where a meal in a fast-food restaurant is £5.70 and utilities for two people for one month is around £140.

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18 | Melbourne, Australia

Here, a kg of apples costs £2.18, while a beer in a neighborhood pub is nearly £4.


19 | Tokyo

Where the average rent (for 85 m2 furnished accommodation in an affluent area) is £1,778 and a pair of cinema tickets costs upwards of £20.

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20 | Washington DC

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