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20 most expensive cities for foreigners

Last updated on: June 10, 2013 09:41 IST

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Companies sending employees on international assignment will often pay an allowance to ensure that their assignees' spending power is not compromised. To help multinational companies calculate these allowances, ECA International, a global management consulting firm, carries out two Cost of Living Surveys per year, comparing a basket of consumer goods and services commonly purchased by assignees in more than 400 locations worldwide it says.

Let's take a look at 20 most expensive cities for foreigners in the world.

Source: eca-international.com

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Image: Kremlin Beklemishevskaya Tower, also known as Moskvoretskaya, in central Moscow.
Photographs: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

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Oslo

Country: Norway

Rank in 2013: 1

Rank in 2012: 2

Movie ticket: $18.76

Can of soda: $3.43

Dozen eggs: $8.39

Beer at a bar: $14.10

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Image: Royal Palace at the end of Karl Johans Gate in Oslo, Norway.
Photographs: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

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Luanda

Country: Angola

Rank in 2013: 2

Rank in 2012: 4

Movie ticket: $13.89

Can of soda: $1.00

Dozen eggs: $5.26

Beer at a bar: $8.14

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Image: Dusk settles over the Angolan capital, Luanda.
Photographs: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

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Stavanger

Country: Norway

Rank in 2013: 3

Rank in 2012: 5

Movie ticket: $18.68

Can of soda: $3.17

Dozen eggs: $8.30

Beer at a bar: $13.79

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Image: A view of Stavanger, Norway.
Photographs: Source: Michael Spiller/Wikipedia Commons

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Juba

Country: South Sudan

Rank in 2013: 4

Rank in 2012: 45

Movie ticket: N/A

Can of soda: $1.62

Dozen eggs: $5.88

Beer at a bar: $5.16

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Image: The city of Juba is seen at sunset.
Photographs: Adriane Ohanesian/Reuters

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Moscow

Country: Russia

Rank in 2013: 5

Rank in 2012: 13

Movie ticket: $16.27

Can of soda: $1.80

Dozen eggs: $3.53

Beer at a bar: $10.77

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Image: St Nicholas (Nikolskaya) Tower, left, and the History Museum, right, in Moscow's Red Square.
Photographs: Mikhail Voskresensky/Reuters

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Tokyo

Country: Japan

Rank in 2013: 6

Rank in 2012: 1

Movie ticket: $19.09

Can of soda: $1.61

Dozen eggs: $5.56

Beer at a bar: $9.18

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Image: Skyscrapers in Tokyo's Shinjuku district frame Mt Fuji at dusk.
Photographs: Kimimasa Mayama/Reuters
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Zurich

Country: Switzerland

Rank in 2013: 7

Rank in 2012: 9

Movie ticket: $19.09

Can of soda: $1.21

Dozen eggs: $8.21

Beer at a bar: $9.89

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Image: A view shows the city of Zurich and the Limmat River. On right is the Grossmuenster church.
Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

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Geneva

Country: Switzerland

Rank in 2013: 8

Rank in 2012: 7

Movie ticket: $20.15

Can of soda: $1.31

Dozen eggs: $8.42

Beer at a bar: $9.30

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Image: The buildings of the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva.
Photographs: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

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Basel

Country: Switzerland

Rank in 2013: 9

Rank in 2012: 11

Movie ticket: $19.09

Can of soda: $1.21

Dozen eggs: $8.21

Beer at a bar: $9.89

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Image: A view shows the city of Basel and the Rhine River.
Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

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Bern

Country: Switzerland

Rank in 2013: 10

Rank in 2012: 10

Movie ticket: $20.15

Can of soda: $1.34

Dozen eggs: $8.81

Beer at a bar: $9.19

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Image: Children play in the fountain in front of the Bundeshaus, the seat of the Swiss parliament, in Bern.
Photographs: Adrian Streun/Reuters

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Port Moresby

Country: Papau New Guinea

Rank in 2013: 11

Rank in 2012: 15

Movie ticket: $18.96

Can of soda: $2.15

Dozen eggs: $6.21

Beer at a bar: $7.68

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Image: Port Moresby, capital of Papau New Guinea.
Photographs: Source: russavia/Wikipedia Commons

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Copenhagen

Country: Denmark

Rank in 2013: 12

Rank in 2012: 14

Movie ticket: $15.45

Can of soda: $2.60

Dozen eggs: $7.86

Beer at a bar: $10.42

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Image: Oresund bridge, which links the city of Malmo in Sweden to Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, has a total length of 7,845 metres.
Photographs: Radu Sigheti/Reuters

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Nagoya

Country: Japan

Rank in 2013: 13

Rank in 2012: 3

Movie ticket: $19.09

Can of soda: $1.20

Dozen eggs: $4.63

Beer at a bar: $9.01

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Image: Nagoya, Japan.
Photographs: Source: Gnsin/Wikipedia Commons

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Seoul

Country: South Korea

Rank in 2013: 14

Rank in 2012: 29

Movie ticket: $8.52

Can of soda: $1.48

Dozen eggs: $4.92

Beer at a bar: $7.62

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Image: Part of Gangnam area is seen down the Han River in Seoul.
Photographs: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

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Stockholm

Country: Sweden

Rank in 2013: 15

Rank in 2012: 22

Movie ticket: $18.16

Can of soda: $1.93

Dozen eggs: $4.72

Beer at a bar: $11.27

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Image: A view of Stockholm.
Photographs: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

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Yokohama

Country: Japan

Rank in 2013: 16

Rank in 2012: 6

Movie ticket: $19.09

Can of soda: $1.35

Dozen eggs: $4.61

Beer at a bar: $8.64

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Image: Ships sail against skyscrapers lining the background at Yokohama Bay in Yokohama.
Photographs: Issei Kato/Reuters

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Sydney

Country: Australia

Rank in 2013: 17

Rank in 2012: 16

Movie ticket: $19.26

Can of soda: $2.24

Dozen eggs: $5.17

Beer at a bar: $8.59

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Image: A cruise ship navigates past the Sydney Opera House as 'Play' by The Spinifex Group is projected on its sails as part of Vivid Festival in Sydney.
Photographs: Daniel Munoz/Reuters

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Brazzaville

Country: Congo

Rank in 2013: 18

Rank in 2012: 27

Movie ticket: N/A

Can of soda: $1.81

Dozen eggs: $3.70

Beer at a bar: $5.07

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Image: Brazzaville in Congo.
Photographs: Source: Wikipedia Commons

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Kinshasa

Country: Democratic Republic of Congo

Rank in 2013: 19

Rank in 2012: 28

Movie ticket: N/A

Can of soda: $2.25

Dozen eggs: $3.82

Beer at a bar: $7.51

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Image: Kinshasa in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Photographs: Radio Okapi/Wikipedia Commons

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Helsinki

Country: Finland

Rank in 2013: 20

Rank in 2012: 19

Movie ticket: $16.00

Can of soda: $2.29

Dozen eggs: $4.75

Beer at a bar: $11.66


Image: A tram which has been converted into a rolling pub combines sightseeing with a night on the town in Helsinki.
Photographs: Agnieszka Flak/Reuters

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