For the first time in at least two decades of reporting the worldwide cost of living survey Zurich sits atop the ranking as the world’s most expensive city.
An index swing of 34 percentage points pushed the Swiss city up 4 places compared to last year to overtake Tokyo which remains in 2nd place.
Geneva, the other Swiss city surveyed saw a 30 percentage point rise in the cost of living to move up six places into joint third alongside Osaka.
The authors of the bi-annual report said both Japan and Switzerland have seen strong currency movements over the last few years which have made them relatively more expensive.
Currency movements in Australia also explain the presence of both Sydney and Melbourne in the list of top ten most expensive cities to live.
Hong Kong, which has long been noted as an expensive place to live, is surprisingly ranked at 22, much lower than its third-placed position a decade ago.
The survey of 130 cities worldwide compares more than 400 individual prices across 160 products, including food, clothing, transport, rents and private schools.
The price of a litre of petrol for example varies hugely from city to city. In its breakdown, the EIU shows that it is $2.17 in Paris but only $0.96 in Moscow.
Despite eurozone weaknesses, western Europe still accounts for 24 of the most expensive cities in the top 50, with 14 hailing from Asia.
Top 10 Most Expensive Cities In The World – 2012
1. Zurich, Switzerland
2. Tokyo, Japan
3. Geneva, Switzerland
4. Osaka, Japan
5. Oslo, Norway
6. Paris, France
7. Sydney, Australia
8. Melbourne, Australia
9. Singapore, Singapore
10. Frankfurt, Germany
Formerly a windmill built in 1783, the Dutch mill was transformed into a museum which has an indoor restaurant called Bastionen & Løven. The interior of the museum depicts the ancient German culture with lofty ceilings and dangling chandeliers. Address: Christianshavns Voldgade 54 Website: www.natmus.dk ...
Address: Ostandari Street, city center, Isfahan. Timings: 8am to 12noon, 2pm to sunset. Tickets: IRR 5000. Constructed in 1647 under the orders of Shah Abbas II, the Chihil Sutun was conceived primarily as a space to accommodate and entertain foreign embassies – and with its impressive arches, its domed central hall, its large scale miniature paintings, its use of mirrors on the ent...
It is one of the very popular plant, though scarce species of Plant kingdom on the globe. Egyptians have associated a part of their history with this plant. It’s believed that this plant was burned when Mosses communicated with God. A lot of tourists, Muslims and non-Muslims both visit this plant to see what it’s like. If you’re interested in history, you must to....
This is a beautiful place where the natural beauty of the landscape is almost overwhelming. Amidst these boulders i.e. large granite blocks and bays roam gorgeous African penguins. This would constitute an outing for adults and children alike. The more adventurous can opt for a quick swim here in Foxy Beach. Timings: Daily 7 A.M- 7 30 P.M Admission: R 25 [Adults], R 5 [Children] Address: ...