Hong Kong overtakes Luanda

The rankings, compiled by Mercer; sees Hong Kong regain the undesirable spot at the apex as the most expensive city to live in for foreign workers.

Most expensive city: Hong Kong overtakes Luanda

The Chinese autonomous region has pushed Angola’s capital Luanda; to second place. The monthly cost of renting a two bedroom in Hong Kong is 6,800 dollars (about 27,200 cedis) while a pair of jeans costs about 128 dollars (about 512 cedis).

The fall of Luanda has been attributed to the battering the Angolan economy has received following a slump in the price of oil; the country’s main export commodity. Five of the top 10 most expensive cities are in Asia (three in China) while three are African.

They are Luanda (Angola); Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo) at 6th place and N’Djamena (Chad) which rose one place from last year’s list to ninth spot. Lagos (Nigeria) is ranked 13th; up seven places from last year.

Nonetheless, many other African cities are a great destination for expatriates with the bottom of the list is dominated by African cities (especially Southern Africa). Windhoek (Namibia) was ranked as the least expensive city in the world.

This is the 22nd edition of the report; which although is “designed to help multinational companies and governments determine compensation allowances for their expatriate employees” is sometimes used by others as an indicator to measure the cost of living in cities. It covers 209 cities on five continents and looks at a list of items “including housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods, and entertainment.”

Below is a list the 10 highest and lowest ranked cities in the world.

Most expensive cities                                               Least expensive cities


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