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World's most and least expensive cities

Last updated on: February 15, 2012 08:56 IST

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Worldwide Cost of Living is a bi-annual Economist Intelligence Unit survey that compares more than 400 individual prices across 160 products and services.

They include food, drink, clothing, household supplies and personal care items, home rents, transport, utility bills, private schools, domestic help and recreational costs.

The survey allows for city to city comparisons, but for the purpose of this report all cities are compared to a base city of New York, which has an index set at 100.

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Image: Survey allows for city to city comparisons.
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Zurich

Country: Switzerland

Worldwide Cost of Living Index: 170 (New York=100)

Rank: 1

Rank movement: 4

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Image: Zurich is the most expensive city in the world.
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Tokyo

Country: Japan

Worldwide Cost of Living Index: 166 (New York=100)

Rank: 2

Rank movement: -1

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Image: Tokyo ranks second.
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Geneva

Country: Switzerland

Worldwide Cost of Living Index: 157 (New York=100)

Rank: 3

Rank movement: 6

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Image: Geneva is at number three.
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Osaka Kobe

Country: Japan

Worldwide Cost of Living Index: 157 (New York=100)

Rank: 3

Rank movement: -1

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Image: Osaka Kobe is tied with Geneva at number three.
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Oslo

Country: Norway

Worldwide Cost of Living Index: 156 (New York=100)

Rank: 5

Rank movement: -2

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Image: Oslo is ranked fifth.
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Paris

Country: France

Worldwide Cost of Living Index: 150 (New York=100)

Rank: 6

Rank movement: -2

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Image: Paris is ranked sixth.
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Sydney

Country: Australia

Worldwide Cost of Living Index: 147 (New York=100)

Rank: 7

Rank movement: -1

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Image: Sydney is ranked seventh.
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Melbourne

Country: Australia

Worldwide Cost of Living Index: 145 (New York=100)

Rank: 8

Rank movement: 0

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Image: Melbourne is ranked eighth.
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Singapore

Country: Singapore

Worldwide Cost of Living Index: 142 (New York=100)

Rank: 9

Rank movement: -3

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Image: Singapore is ranked ninth.
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Frankfurt

Country: Germany

Worldwide Cost of Living Index: 137 (New York=100)

Rank: 10

Rank movement: -1

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Image: Frankfurt is ranked 10th.
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New Delhi

Country: India

Worldwide Cost of Living Index: 56 (New York=100)

Rank: 128

Rank movement: 0

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Image: New Delhi is ranked 128.
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Mumbai

Country: India

Worldwide Cost of Living Index: 52 (New York=100)

Rank: 130

Rank movement: 0

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Image: Mumbai is ranked 130.
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Muscat

Country: Oman

Worldwide Cost of Living Index: 63 (New York=100)

Rank: 120

Rank movement: -10

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Image: Muscat is at number 120.
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Dhaka

Country: Bangladesh

Worldwide Cost of Living Index: 61 (New York=100)

Rank: 123

Rank movement: -3

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Image: Dhaka is ranked 123.
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Algiers

Country: Algeria

Worldwide Cost of Living Index: 59 (New York=100)

Rank: 124

Rank movement: 2

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Image: Algiers is ranked 124.
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Kathmandu

Country: Nepal

Worldwide Cost of Living Index: 58 (New York=100)

Rank: 125

Rank movement: 2

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Image: Kathmandu is ranked 125.
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Panama City

Country: Panama

Worldwide Cost of Living Index: 58 (New York=100)

Rank: 125

Rank movement: -4

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Image: Panama City is tied with Kathmandu at 125.
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Jeddah

Country: Saudi Arabia

Worldwide Cost of Living Index: 57 (New York=100)

Rank: 127

Rank movement: -6

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Image: Jeddah is ranked 127.
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Teheran

Country: Iran

Worldwide Cost of Living Index: 54 (New York=100)

Rank: 129

Rank movement: 0

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Karachi

Country: Pakistan

Worldwide Cost of Living Index: 46 (New York=100)

Rank: 131

Rank movement: 0

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Image: Karachi is ranked 131.
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