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20 most expensive cities in the world

Last updated on: September 18, 2012 08:35 IST

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In Manila, the philippines, a couple can buy a new wardrobe for $410. In New York City, it would cost $1,550, more than three times as much, says the Business Insider.

These are the kind of results UBS uncovered in its cost of living report, 'A Comparison of Purchasing Power Around the Globe', which looks at prices in 72 major cities and is released every three years, it says.

Let's take a look at some of the most expensive cities in the world.

Source: Business Insider

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Image: An aerial view of the Sentosa Cove luxury homes in Singapore.
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Oslo, Norway

Monthly cost of food: $599

Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $2,290

Price of monthly services: $1,270

Average local monthly rent: $1,970

Global rank: 1

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Image: People sunbathe in front of the Oslo Opera House, the home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, in Oslo.
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Zurich, Switzerland

Monthly cost of food: $704

Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $2,290

Price of monthly services: $1,120

Average local monthly rent: $2,550

Global rank: 2

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Image: People walk on Zurich's main shopping street Bahnhofstrasse.
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Tokyo, Japan

Monthly cost of food: $927

Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $3,100

Price of monthly services: $930

Average local monthly rent: $1,630

Global rank: 3

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Image: Tokyo's Shinjuku district.
Photographs: Yuriko Nakao/Reuters

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Geneva, Switzerland

Monthly cost of food: $714

Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $2,000

Price of monthly services: $1,080

Average local monthly rent: $1,570

Global rank: 4

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Image: Traffic on the Mont-Blanc bridge over Lake Leman in Geneva.
Photographs: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Monthly cost of food: $567

Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $2,100

Price of monthly services: $950

Average local monthly rent: $1,100

Global rank: 5

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Image: A dog sits as he waits next to his owner to cross a street in Copenhagen.
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New York, the United States

Monthly cost of food: $552

Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $1,550

Price of monthly services: $1,000

Average local monthly rent: $3,350

Global rank: 6

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Image: The Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge is seen from the 90th storey of One World Trade Center in New York.
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Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Monthly cost of food: $525

Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $2,400

Price of monthly services: $860

Average local monthly rent: $1,810

Global rank: 7

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Image: A view of the city of Luxembourg.
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Stockholm, Sweden

Monthly cost of food: $553

Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $2,000

Price of monthly services: $890

Average local monthly rent: $1,180

Global rank: 8

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Image: People stroll under pink cherry blossoms in a Stockholm park.
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Caracas, Venezuela

Monthly cost of food: $689

Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $1,470

Price of monthly services: $690

Average local monthly rent: $2,100

Global rank: 9

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Image: Poeple walk next to the statue of national hero Simon Bolivar in Caracas.
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London, England

Monthly cost of food: $436

Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $1,280

Price of monthly services: $760

Average local monthly rent: $1,980

Global rank: 10

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Image: Traffic passes the Houses of Parliament in London.
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Helsinki, Finland

Monthly cost of food: $497

Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $1,810

Price of monthly services: $840

Average local monthly rent: $1,440

Global rank: 11

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Image: A view of a cafe in the square of the Three Blacksmiths in Helsinki.
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Frankfurt, Germany

Monthly cost of food: $439

Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $1,730

Price of monthly services: $710

Average local monthly rent: $1,280

Global rank: 12

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Image: Pedestrians enjoy the sun and warm weather during a walk along the river Main in Frankfurt.
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Munich, Germany

Monthly cost of food: $500

Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $1,960

Price of monthly services: $710

Average local monthly rent: $970

Global rank: 13

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Image: A view of Munich's townhall during the Christmas market.
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Paris, France

Monthly cost of food: $523

Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $2,430

Price of monthly services: $710

Average local monthly rent: $1,670

Global rank: 14

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Image: A view shows the Concorde obelisk, Champs Elysees Avenue and the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris.
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Sydney, Australia

Monthly cost of food: $509

Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $1,400

Price of monthly services: $680

Average local monthly rent: $1,640

Global rank: 15

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Montreal, Canada

Monthly cost of food: $519

Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $1,730

Price of monthly services: $690

Average local monthly rent: $1,360

Global rank: 16

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Image: A view of Old Port area in Montreal.
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Vienna, Austria

Monthly cost of food: $504

Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $2,020

Price of monthly services: $680

Average local monthly rent: $950

Global rank: 17

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Image: A view of Vienna International Center and UN headquarters in Vienna.
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Milan, Italy

Monthly cost of food: $487

Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $2,040

Price of monthly services: $710

Average local monthly rent: $1,260

Global rank: 18

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Image: A view of Duomo cathedral in Milan.
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Rome, Italy

Monthly cost of food: $497

Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $1,740

Price of monthly services: $690

Average local monthly rent: $1,810

Global rank: 19

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Image: An aerial view of the Colosseum in Rome.
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Chicago, Illinois

Monthly cost of food: $460

Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $1,940

Price of monthly services: $770

Average local monthly rent: $1,400

Global rank: 20


Image: A view of the Chicago skyline.
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