The website Expatistan.com collects information from almost 200,000 users around the world to calculate average prices in 1,600 cities for everyday items such as food, rent and petrol.
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).
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.
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.
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.
20 | Washington DC
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