World's most expensive CITIES

"Tokyo is still the world's most expensive city, according to a survey of 134 cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit, a sister company of The Economist. The cost of living in Tokyo is 37% more than in New York. However, as a result of the stronger euro, Paris has now overtaken London, which itself is 9% costlier than New York. At the other extreme, one can live in Buenos Aires, São Paulo or Manila for less than half the cost of New York." (2003)

World's most expensive cities (2004)
Tokyo No. 1 again, Asuncion least expensive; in U.S., New York, Los Angeles, Chicago are costliest....(2004)

World's most expensive cities (2005)
Survey: Tokyo and Osaka take top spots, followed by London, Moscow and Seoul.... (2005)

World's most expensive cities (2006)
Oslo beats out Tokyo as priciest city
New York, the priciest American city, fell to No. 27 on world list.
... (2006)

source from www.cnn.com

Updated (10/08/06) :

"The world's most expensive cities in 2006"
(EIU Survey, February 2006)
Deciding on which is the world’s most expensive city is a little bit like choosing between the merits of various world heavy weight boxing champions. Until recently the choice has been between Tokyo and London. But in its latest ‘Worldwide cost of living survey’ the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) says Oslo had overtaken Tokyo as the world’s costliest city. And in June 2006, Mercer Consulting says Moscow was the most expensive city in the world, with Oslo being ranked 10th. Meanwhile, Swiss Bank UBS puts London in first place, followed by Oslo, New York and Tokyo. (more...)

"Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2006 – city rankings"
(Mercer Survey, June, 2006)
Moscow has replaced Tokyo as the world's most expensive city, according to the latest Cost of Living Survey from Mercer Human Resource Consulting, the global leader for HR and related financial advice. Seoul is in second place, climbing three places since last year. Tokyo moves down two positions in the rankings to take third place, followed by Hong Kong. Asuncion in Paraguay remains the least expensive city in the survey. (more...)

"London is the most expensive city in the worldwhile Swiss cities are home to highest earners"
(Swiss UBS survey, August 2006)
London, New York, Oslo, Tokyo and Zurich are the world’s most expensive cities. A study by Swiss bank UBS shows that life is particularly expensive in London and New York if the cost of housing is included. The basket of goods and services costs the least in Manila, Delhi and Kuala Lumpur. European cities dominate the earnings tables, with the highest net incomes achieved in Zurich, Geneva, Oslo and Dublin. New York is in 5th place. The lowest earnings are recorded in Jakarta, Manila and Delhi. (more...)

Source from http://www.citymayors.com/


Johnny Ong said...

i can tell u that cost of living in khartoum (where i'm based now), capital city of sudan, is defitely higher than kuala lumpur, my hometown

Chandmani said...

Thx, I added some new information.