Moscow is the world's most expensive
city for the second year in a row, thanks to an appreciating ruble and
rising housing costs, a new survey reports.
The cost of living in the Russian capital is nearly 35 percent higher
than in New York, which served as the base city for the survey released
London, estimated at 26 percent more expensive than New York, climbed
three spots to second place on a strengthening British pound and
steep rental prices.
South Korea's Seoul ranked third, followed closely by Tokyo at No. 4.
The survey by Mercer Human Resource Consulting ranked 143 cities around
the world, measuring the comparative cost of more than 200 areas such as
housing, transportation and food. The findings are designed to help
multinational employers determine compensation for their expatriate
In Moscow, a luxury two-bedroom apartment
will cost an expat $4,000 a month; a CD rings up at
$24.83; one copy of an international daily newspaper is $6.30; and a
fast-food hamburger meal totals $4.80.
A strengthening euro boosted 30 European cities to top spots on the
2007 list - Copenhagen, Geneva, Zurich and Oslo, respectively, placed
among the top 10.
Eight Asian cities made the top 50, though Taipei, Taiwan, plunged 20
places to No. 48.
New York and Los Angeles were the only two North American cities to
rank among the highest 50, though both fell in the rankings due to a
depreciating U.S. dollar, Mercer reported.
The Big Apple dropped five places to No. 15, while Los Angeles fell to
No. 42 from No. 29 in 2006.
Ranking as the least expensive city for the fifth year in a row was
Paraguay's capital of Asuncion, where the cost of living is half that of
New York, Mercer estimated.