ECA International, a well-known international consultant on human resources, has compiled a list of the most expensive cities in the world. A vast study has studied more than 400 cities from around the world. The consumer basket (the prices for clothes, food, electricity) was assessed, but the tuition fee and housing were not taken into account.
There are three cities from Switzerland and two from Norway. They only strengthened their positions. But the most representatives of the rating in Japan – just 4, and the leader is located on this island. It is Tokyo that bears the not quite honorable title of the most expensive city on Earth.
This city with a population of only 300 thousand is native to the world famous Swiss companies – Rolex, Swisscom, The Swatch Group, Toblerone. Also there are large offices of American companies – Cisco, Ebay, Ingram Micro. In Bern, a fairly low tax bar, and labor laws are very liberal. The city was founded in 1191, having managed to preserve its cultural heritage over the centuries. Today Old Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This place is the best example of a medieval European city. Here, stone buildings of the 16th-17th centuries are preserved. A distinctive feature is the set of arcades – awnings over the sides of the streets. In Bern many historical monuments, it was here from 1903 to 1905, Albert Einstein lived, working on his revolutionary theory of relativity. ECA International has identified several parameters that determine the high cost of the city. So, a quick lunch in Bern will cost an average of 28.8 dollars, beer in the bar costs 7.46, a kilogram of rice – 4.7, a dozen eggs – 8.4. Go to the cinema in Berne is 19.1 dollars.
A half-million-strong city from the 7th century is one of the main Japanese ports. Today, almost a third of the foreign trade turnover of the country passes through Kobe. The city is also an industrial center, one third of Japan’s tonnage is built here. Produced here and home appliances, food. Kobe is famous for its variety of cuisines, and the world-famous expensive local beef also brought fame to the city. Despite the 1995 earthquake, when 100,000 buildings were destroyed in the city, Kobe was able to rebuild. Although Japan has become the only country surveyed by Asian countries where the value of goods in the consumer basket has fallen, prices are still unattainable for many. A quick lunch here costs 15.6 dollars, beer in the bar can be bought for 8.69. Kilograms of rice in Kobe costs an average of 9.3, and a dozen eggs can be purchased for 3.1 dollars. You can enjoy viewing at the movie theater for $ 20.8.
This city is small, it has only 185 thousand people. However, it has long been considered the world center of diplomacy and finance. There are many UN agencies, the headquarters of the Red Cross, the World Trade Organization, the World Economic Forum. Geneva also sheltered the headquarters of international corporations, such as Japan Tobacco, Hewlett-Packard, Sun, Procter & Gamble. Curiously, from 1798 to 1815 the city was part of France. Geographical proximity to this country has led to the fact that the population of Geneva is mainly French-speaking. The city itself is located along the Lake Geneva. The nature here is very rich – almost a quarter of the territory of Geneva is occupied by public parks. The city attracts many tourists. Attracts them and the high cuisine, as a result of restaurants per capita in Geneva more than in New York. The quality of life in the city is traditionally high – Geneva in 2010 ranked among the top three cities in this indicator. However, the prices here “bite”. So, lunch will cost an average of 33.7 dollars, drink a glass of beer in the bar – 9.12, and a kilogram of rice costs 4.7. A dozen eggs in Geneva cost an average of 8.6, go to the movies on average costs 19.2 dollars.
It is unusual for leading cities in the most developed countries to see Luanda. The fact is that the capital of Angola has hosted many foreign companies. They are all interested in the rich energy resources in the country. Also, Angola exports a lot of diamonds and iron, coffee, sugar and salt. Today Luanda is the largest city in the country with a population of 4.5 million people. But for three decades a civil war was raging here, which virtually destroyed the city’s infrastructure. As a result, goods and services are simply fabulous. Although there is a high level of poverty in the country, any touch of civilization in the capital will be expensive. A ticket to the gym will cost $ 2,500, and a simple haircut – no less than 150. Foreigners in the city is extremely difficult because all the goods for them are difficult to access. A liter of milk in the end costs $ 3, and rent a decent two-room apartment costs up to 7 thousand dollars a month. Quickly to have dinner on the average manages in 52,4 dollars, beer in a bar – 6,62, kg of rice – 4,6, and ten eggs – 5,2. Go to the movies on average is $ 13.9.
, Zurich, Switzerland.
This city is the center of all business activity in Switzerland. The population of Zurich itself is about 370 thousand people, but the urban conglomeration is three times larger. The city is home to the largest financial institutions – banks, insurance companies (Suisse, Julius Baer and UBS). There is also the Swiss Exchange. And watch companies are strongly associated with Zurich. The local airport is ranked 18th in the world in terms of passenger traffic. It is worth mentioning about 12 universities located in the city. Zurich is the center of sports life. Here are the headquarters of the federation of football and ice hockey. And of course, what a Swiss city without chocolate. It is in Zurich that the famous Lindt & Sprungli delicatessen company is based. The quality of life in the city is high, Zurich is the second in this world in this indicator. However, there is a corresponding price for this. If in 2009 the city was the 10th most expensive, then in 2010 it is the sixth. Fast lunch here will cost an average of $ 32.9, a glass of beer in the bar – $ 10.54, a kilogram of rice costs 3.7, and a dozen eggs – 7.9. A visit to the cinema will facilitate the purse at $ 19.6.
The city is the second most populous in Japan, with a population of 3.7 million. Curiously, Yokohama is a relatively young city. It arose in 1858, when the two villages – Kanagawa and Yokohama united. Soon on this place began to build a port to receive foreign ships. Twenty years later he became one of the largest on the islands of the country. Today Yokohama is also the main commercial center in the area of Great Tokyo. From here to the capital only 30 kilometers. The city sheltered more than 300 IT-companies. There is a very strong economic base, the basis of it is shipping, biotechnology and semiconductor industry. In Yokohama are the headquarters of such giants as Nissan and Fuji. However, not one industry lives a city, here is built a major art center, which will receive representatives of culture from around the world. Fast lunch here will cost $ 16.9, beer costs $ 6.59, a kilogram of rice – 4.2, and a dozen eggs – 2.5. But the trip to the cinema costs 21.7 dollars.
The city for a long time remained inconspicuous until in the 1960s the oil field was discovered in the North Sea. As a result, Stavanger became the most real oil capital of the country. Norway has become one of the main suppliers of “black gold” in the world. In the city there are only 122 thousand people, but here are located fifty energy companies. Norway is famous for its loyal social security system, public schools can also get quality free education.However, this, as well as the remoteness of the city from the center of Europe, generated a high cost of food and transportation services. As a result, Stavanger became one of the most expensive cities in the world. However, Norwegians, rich in oil, can afford to overpay. Prices for food products in the country are 50% higher than in the rest of Europe, the most expensive products are sugar, meat and grain. Fast lunch in the oil capital will cost $ 32.3. Beer here costs 12.83 kilograms of rice – 5.7, and a dozen eggs – 6.8. For visiting the cinema you will have to pay 17.3 dollars.
The city with a population of 2.2 million is the fourth largest in the country. From here to the capital of 265 kilometers. But it is in Nagoya that the trade routes of the West and East cross. It is interesting that the symbol of the city is the hieroglyph “eight”. It symbolizes the endless development and prosperity of Nagoya. Today the city is the most dynamically developing center in the country. It is here that Japan’s largest manufacturers of components for cars and airplanes are located. In the city there are also central offices of such automobile companies as Honda and Toyota. The city is famous for its high quality of life, and local operating costs are very competitive. However, for this you have to pay the residents. A fast lunch in the city costs $ 19, beer in the bar – 11.37, a kilogram of rice – 8.5, and a dozen eggs – 3.6. You can go to the movies on average for $ 21.8.
Oslo retained its position as the second most expensive city in the world due to the stable positions of the Norwegian koruna, and indeed the entire economy of the country, where the crisis was not particularly affected. The city was founded in 1147, eventually becoming the capital of the country and its largest city with a population of 590 thousand people. Oslo is a port city, which houses almost a thousand companies associated with the sea business. They are engaged in shipping, insurance of ships, there are also ship brokers here. Oslo is famous for its branched and efficient line network of metro and environmentally friendly tram. But such efficiency is not cheap. For example, a one way ticket for public transport costs 5.6 dollars. A quick dinner in the capital of Norway is one of the most expensive – $ 45.2. Beer will cost 13,18, and a kilogram of rice – 6,1. A dozen eggs in Oslo cost an average of $ 8.5, and a ticket to the cinema will cost $ 18.8.
It is not the first year that Tokyo is called the most expensive city in the world. This was not affected even by the fall in the consumer price index. Although the survey did not include spending on accommodation, ECA experts estimated that renting a two-room apartment in the Japanese capital would cost an average of $ 4,352. Tokyo is the largest city in the country with a population of 13 million people. It is an administrative, cultural, industrial and business center. Tokyo plays an important role in the world financial system. Here are the headquarters of the largest investment and insurance companies and banks. However, such an abundance of enterprises did not turn the city into a “stone jungle”. Tokyo is considered one of the greenest cities in the world. Although the population of the metropolis is huge, here the level of carbon dioxide emissions is one of the lowest in the Asia-Pacific region. This is facilitated by a competent transport policy of the city. All taxis in Tokyo work on electricity. Fast lunch in Tokyo will cost $ 20.8, beer costs 10.56, and a kilogram of rice – 9.8. A dozen eggs in the city cost an average of 4.5 dollars, and a movie ticket – 23.8 dollars.