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2014 Cost of Living City Rankings

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Mercer's 2014 Cost of Living City Rankings —
Luanda Still No. 1

Luanda, Angola, remains the most expensive expatriate destination in the world, according to the latest Mercer research, which analyzes prices for more than 200 goods and services frequently purchased by expatriates. Karachi, Pakistan, is the most affordable expatriate location among the 211 we ranked.

Most Expensive Cities by Region


  1. New York, USA
  2. São Paulo, Brazil
  3. Los Angeles, USA


  1. Hong Kong
  2. Singapore
  3. Tokyo, Japan


  1. Zurich, Switzerland
  2. Geneva, Switzerland
  3. Bern, Switzerland

Middle East / Africa

  1. Luanda, Angola
  2. N'Djamena, Chad
  3. Victoria, Seychelles

Top 10 Most Expensive Assignment Destinations


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