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30 most expensive cities in the world

Last updated on: December 19, 2011 08:31 IST

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The last 12 months have seen considerable increases in the cost of food, oil and other commodities in many parts of the world.

Within Asia, some of the biggest increases seen in the local prices of items in ECA's basket of goods and services have been witnessed in Bangladesh (15 per cent), Vietnam (14.2 per cent) and India (13.3 per cent).

On average, prices have risen by just over eight per cent in Asia.

Here we take a look at 30 most expensive cities in the world based on ECA's data.

Note: ECA International's cost of living indices are calculated based upon surveys carried out annually in March and September using a basket of day-to-day goods and services.

The data refers to year-on-year movements between ECA's September 2011 and 2010 surveys.

City: Tokyo

Country: Japan

Global Ranking (2010): 1

Global Ranking (2011): 1

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Image: Japan's Mt Fuji, covered with snow, is seen through Shinjuku skyscrapers in Tokyo.
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City: Oslo

Country: Norway

Global Ranking (2010): 6

Global Ranking (2011): 2

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Image: People ice skate on the rink on Karl Johann Street in Oslo.
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City: Geneva

Country: Switzerland

Global Ranking (2010): 8

Global Ranking (2011): 3

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Image: A wakeboarder performs on Lake Leman on a hot autumn day in Geneva.
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City: Nagoya

Country: Japan

Global Ranking (2010): 3

Global Ranking (2011): 4

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Image: An aerial view of the 2005 World Exposition's Nagakute area in Nagoya.
Photographs: Reuters
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City: Zurich

Country: Switzerland

Global Ranking (2010): 7

Global Ranking (2011): 5

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Image: People walk on Zurich's main shopping street Bahnhofstrasse.
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City: Yokohama

Country: Japan

Global Ranking (2010): 4

Global Ranking (2011): 6

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Image: Trainers perform with four white dolphins during a show at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, south of Tokyo.
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City: Bern

Country: Switzerland

Global Ranking (2010): 10

Global Ranking (2011): 7

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Image: A volunteer sets up candles during Swiss national day in Berne.
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City: Stavanger

Country: Norway

Global Ranking (2010): 9

Global Ranking (2011): 8

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Image: Norway's Queen Sonja (facing camera) celebrates her birthday while wearing a paper crown made by a child during a garden party with children in Stavanger, southwest Norway.
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City: Basel

Country: Switzerland

Global Ranking (2010): 11

Global Ranking (2011): 9

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Image: People sit in a ferry boat crossing the Rhine River in the northern Swiss city of Basel.
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City: Kobe

Country: Japan

Global Ranking (2010): 5

Global Ranking (2011): 10

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Image: A cityscape view of the western Japanese port city of Kobe.
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City: Luanda

Country: Angola

Global Ranking (2010): 2

Global Ranking (2011): 11

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Image: Office blocks under construction stand behind the Angolan central bank building in the capital Luanda.
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City: Copenhagen

Country: Denmark

Global Ranking (2010): 12

Global Ranking (2011): 12

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Image: Boats are seen anchored at the 17th century Nyhavn district, home to many shops and restaurants in Copenhagen.
Photographs: Reuters
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City: Caracas

Country: Venezuela

Global Ranking (2010): 16

Global Ranking (2011): 13

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Image: People have a drink at 360, a three-tiered rooftop bar, in Caracas.
Photographs: Reuters
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City: Helsinki

Country: Finland

Global Ranking (2010): 15

Global Ranking (2011): 14

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Image: Cafe in the square of the Three Blacksmiths, Helsinki.
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City: Sydney

Country: Australia

Global Ranking (2010): 25

Global Ranking (2011): 15

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Image: A surfer gets some air on Manly Beach in Sydney.
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City: Moscow

Country: Russia

Global Ranking (2010): 14

Global Ranking (2011): 16

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Image: A view of the Moscow River.
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City: Canberra

Country: Australia

Global Ranking (2010): 23

Global Ranking (2011): 17

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Image: Aerial view of the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
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City: Libreville

Country: Gabon

Global Ranking (2010): 17

Global Ranking (2011): 18

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Image: A view of Libreville.
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City: Stockholm

Country: Sweden

Global Ranking (2010): 27

Global Ranking (2011): 19

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Image: Pedestrians walk down the main shopping street in Stockholm's Gamla Stan or Old Town district.
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City: Paris

Country: France

Global Ranking (2010): 24

Global Ranking (2011): 20

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City: Seoul

Country: South Korea

Global Ranking (2010): 22

Global Ranking (2011): 21

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Image: A woman reads a book beside a bronze statue in front of Sejong Centre for the Performing Arts in central Seoul.
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City: Rio de Janeiro

Country: Brazil

Global Ranking (2010): 19

Global Ranking (2011): 22

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City: Melbourne

Country: Australia

Global Ranking (2010): 33

Global Ranking (2011): 23

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Image: Shoppers are seen at an outdoor shopping mall in Melbourne.
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City: Adelaide

Country: Australia

Global Ranking (2010): 44

Global Ranking (2011): 24

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Image: Twin locomotives pull the outback Australian train known as the Ghan.
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City: Perth

Country: Australia

Global Ranking (2010): 35

Global Ranking (2011): 25

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Image: A market in Perth.
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City: Brisbane

Country: Australia

Global Ranking (2010): 36

Global Ranking (2011): 26

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Image: Longboard surfers walk into the water at Surfer's Paradise, 60 kilometres southeast of Brisbane.
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City: Darwin

Country: Australia

Global Ranking (2010): 49

Global Ranking (2011): 27

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Image: A tourist dives in a cage partially immersed in a crocodile pen in Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin.
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City: Port Moresby

Country: Papua New Guinea

Global Ranking (2010): 85

Global Ranking (2011): 28

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City: Sao Paulo

Country: Brazil

Global Ranking (2010): 26

Global Ranking (2011): 29

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Image: Revellers parade for Unidos de Vila Maria samba school during Carnival in Sao Paulo.
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City: Kinshasa

Country: Democratic Republic of Congo

Global Ranking (2010): 13

Global Ranking (2011): 30


Image: A view of Kinshasa.
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