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Hong KongMany expatriates do careful and thorough research before they decide to relocate to another country. With global expansion from multinational corporations, relocating overseas has become more and more common. Before relocating, however, there are many considerations that help determine whether moving overseas is feasible.

Which Cities are the Most Expensive to Live In?

One important consideration for companies, governments and expatriates is the cost of living. The cost of living is the price of goods and services in order to maintain an average standard of living. While these figures are constantly changing, Mercer released its 2017 Cost of Living Rankings and the top 10 expensive cities in the world were quite interesting. Here are the 10 most expensive cities globally as of 2017:

    1. Luanda
    2. Hong Kong
    3. Tokyo
    4. Zurich
    5. Singapore
    6. Seoul
    7. Geneva
    8. Shanghai
    9. New York City
    10. Bern

So you may ask, what makes these the top 10 most expensive cities in the world? What does this mean for me as an expatriate living overseas? How does this affect job opportunities overseas?

Cost of Living in Paris ranks the city 62, which surprised me 😉

Most expatriates spend money on housing, food, clothing, household goods, and entertainment in their new country. This cost of living index considers just that! In fact, they compared 209 cities and the cost of 200 items from city to city. Finally, based on these price factors they were able to make the final list of the top 10 expensive cities in the world.

Based on this data, many companies factor in the cost of living if they are going to be relocating employees to another country. For more expensive cities, companies generally pay higher wages to those individuals working in cities that have a higher cost of living. For those individuals thinking about relocating to a more expensive city, this means that you will need to earn a higher wage in order to keep up with the standard of living that you currently maintain.

Curious what the least expensive cities to work abroad are? Minsk, Karachi, Sarajevo, Monterrey, Tbilisi, Blantyre, Windhoek, Skopje, Bishkek, and Tunis.

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