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International Cost of Living Comparison - Global Trends in 2009
By Steven Coleman

A major change in global cost of living rankings is taking place. The impact of the credit crisis, the slowing global economies, the falling house prices, the global stock market crisis, and the global currency exchange rate volatility, together with the US dollar strengthening against most currencies are all factors contributing to this change.

 

 

The International Cost of Living Comparison comprises indexes for each of 276 global locations. The indexes are calculated using the prices for specific quantities of the same goods and services in each location, based on expatriate spending patterns across 13 broad categories (Basket Groups).

The international cost of living ranking, together with the overall cost of living index, as at January 2009 is as follows:

Rank Location (Overall Cost of Living Index New York=100)
Japan, Tokyo (126.03)
Norway, Oslo (123.74)
Denmark, Copenhagen (121.11)
Switzerland, Geneva (119.59)
Brazil, Brasilia (118.53)
United Kingdom, London (118.23)
Greenland, Nuuk (117.14)
Switzerland, Zurich (116.18)
Hungary, Budapest (114.36)
Russia, Moscow (113.41)
Nigeria, Lagos (112.69)
Ireland, Dublin (112.65)
New Caledonia, Noumea (112.43)
France, Paris (112.38)
Chad, N'Djamena (111.3)
Italy, Milan (111.19)
Cameroon, Douala (111.06)
Liechtenstein, Vaduz (110.89)
San Marino, San Marino (110.78)
Monaco, Monaco (109.83)
Czech Republic, Prague (109.81)
Austria, Vienna (109.68)
Slovakia, Bratislava (109.31)
Isle of Man, Douglas (108.97)
Poland, Warsaw (107.63)
Bermuda, Hamilton (107.53)
Italy, Rome (107.29)
Finland, Helsinki (107.07)
Australia, Sydney (106.52)
USA, San Francisco Calif (104.53)
Cote D'Ivoire, Abidjan (104.4)
Venezuela, Caracas (104.02)
China, Hong Kong (103.43)
United Arab Emirates, Dubai (103.36)
Croatia, Zagreb (103.29)
Angola, Luanda (103.27)
Belgium, Brussels (103.19)
Netherlands, Amsterdam (102.33)
Jersey, Saint Helier (102.24)
Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby (102.22)
Korea Republic of, Seoul (101.94)
Iceland, Reykjavík (101.66)
Ukraine, Kiev (101.2)
Guernsey, St Peter Port (100.68)
Qatar, Doha (100.64)
Central African Republic, Bangui (100.58)
Spain, Madrid (100.26)
USA, San Jose Calif (100.13)
Falkland Islands, Stanley (100)
USA, New York NY (100)
Sweden, Stockholm (99.76)
USA, Boston Mass (99.63)
Cameroon, Yaounde (98.84)
Mali, Bamako (98.74)
Benin, Cotonou (98.6)
Germany, Berlin (98.18)
Micronesia, Palikir (97.98)
Gabon, Libreville (97.77)
Canada, Toronto (97.39)
Germany, Bonn (96.38)
Vatican City, Vatican City (96.23)
Australia, Melbourne (95.88)
Australia, Canberra (95.88)
Estonia, Tallinn (95.08)
Turkey, Ankara (94.87)
Singapore, Singapore (94.6)
Guinea-Bissau, Bissau (94.24)
USA, Los Angeles Calif (93.93)
Palau, Melekeok (93.85)
Luxembourg, Luxembourg (93.77)
Canada, Vancouver (93.48)
Portugal, Lisbon (92.84)
Australia, Perth (92.82)
Germany, Frankfurt (92.81)
Azerbaijan, Baku (92.76)
Gibraltar, Gibraltar (92.33)
Comores, Moroni (92.04)
USA, Washington DC (91.8)
USA, Philadelphia Pa (91.49)
Nauru, Yaren (91.16)
Kazakhstan, Almaty (90.99)
Bahrain, Manama (90.82)
USA, San Diego Calif (90.7)
Bahamas, Nassau (90.63)
Togo, Lome (90.11)
Taiwan, Taipei (90.07)
Haiti, Port-au-Prince (90)
Senegal, Dakar (89.57)
Saint Helena, Jamestown (89.26)
USA, Baltimore Md (89.25)
United Kingdom, Glasgow (88.88)
Djibouti, Djibouti (88.45)
Niger, Niamey (88.38)
Zambia, Lusaka (88.36)
USA, Seattle Wash (88.3)
Andorra, Andorra la Vella (88.13)
Vietnam, Hanoi (88.03)
Tonga, Nuku'Alofa (87.34)
Gambia, Banjul (87.23)
United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi (87.16)
Cayman Islands, George Town (86.81)
Sudan, Khartoum (86.64)
Greece, Athens (86.59)
Barbados, Bridgetown (86.5)
USA, Portland Ore (86.1)
Sierra Leone, Freetown (85.92)
Equatorial Guinea, Malabo (85.89)
USA, Chicago Ill (85.73)
Romania, Bucharest (85.55)
USA, Miami Fla (85.54)
Marshall Islands, Majuro (85.41)
Cyprus, Nicosia (85.26)
Malta, Velletta (84.99)
Moldova, Chisinau (84.89)
Ghana, Accra (84.89)
United Kingdom, Birmingham (84.76)
Canada, Montreal (84.37)
Algeria, Algiers (84.01)
Israel, Jerusalem (83.82)
Australia, Brisbane (83.29)
Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou (82.92)
Lebanon, Beirut (82.74)
Jordan, Amman (82.41)
Guinea, Conakry (82.16)
Jamaica, Kingston (82.11)
Philippines, Manila (82.07)
Georgia Republic of, Tbilisi (82.03)
Congo Democratic Rep, Kinshasa (81.84)
Seychelles, Victoria (81.78)
Indonesia, Jakarta (81.76)
USA, Las Vegas Nev (81.75)
Lithuania, Vilnius (81.67)
Vanuatu, Port Vila (81.35)
Grenada, Saint George's (81.23)
Trinidad and Tobago, Port-of-Spain (81.13)
Mozambique, Maputo (80.82)
New Zealand, Auckland (80.71)
Samoa, Apia (80.64)
Congo, Brazzaville (80.14)
Armenia, Yerevan (80.13)
Albania, Tirana (80.1)
Martinique, Fort-de-France (80.09)
Latvia, Riga (79.92)
Thailand, Bangkok (79.86)
Sao Tome and Principe, Sao Tome (79.79)
USA, Denver Colo (79.74)
China, Beijing (79.73)
Fiji, Suva (78.99)
Slovenia, Ljubljana (78.85)
Canada, Ottawa (78.82)
Tuvalu, Funafuti (78.78)
Myanmar, Yangon (78.51)
Puerto Rico, San Juan (78.49)
Kenya, Nairobi (78.4)
USA, Phoenix Ariz (78.26)
Mauritius, Port Louis (78.25)
Madagascar, Antananarivo (78.24)
USA, Tampa Fla (78.22)
Serbia, Belgrade (78.13)
Kiribati, South Tarawa (78.06)
Guam, Hagatna (77.8)
Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan (77.72)
Uruguay, Montevideo (77.41)
Colombia, Bogota (77.23)
USA, Atlanta GA (76.99)
Morocco, Rabat (76.93)
USA, Milwaukee Wis (76.77)
Paraguay, Asuncion (76.49)
Mexico, Mexico City (76.13)
USA, Columbus Ohio (76.06)
India, Mumbai (76.04)
Tanzania, Dar es Salaam (76)
Solomon Islands, Honiara (75.93)
USA, Cleveland Ohio (75.84)
USA, Detroit Mich (75.74)
Liberia, Monrovia (75.63)
USA, Austin Tex (75.57)
USA, Dallas Tex (75.47)
USA, Jacksonville Fla (75.47)
Australia, Adelaide (75.39)
Kuwait, Kuwait City (75.22)
Bulgaria, Sofia (75.14)
Saudi Arabia, Riyadh (75.08)
USA, Pittsburgh Penn (74.54)
Timor-Leste, Dili (74.29)
Iran, Tehran (74.24)
USA, Indianapolis Ind (74.13)
USA, Fort Worth Tex (73.64)
Somalia, Mogadishu (73.49)
Maldives, Male (73.48)
USA, Charlotte NC (73.47)
USA, Houston Tex (73.36)
Chile, Santiago (73.01)
Mauritania, Nouakchott (72.99)
Botswana, Gaberone (72.86)
Cape Verde, Praia (72.81)
USA, El Paso Tex (72.61)
Uganda, Kampala (72.25)
Afghanistan, Kabul (72.13)
Antigua and Barbuda, Saint John's (72.04)
USA, St Louis MO (71.93)
Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (71.82)
Peru, Lima (71.7)
Korea Democratic Republic of, Pyongyang (71.62)
Kosovo, Pristina (71.55)
India, New Delhi (71.4)
Belarus, Minsk (71.28)
Malawi, Lilongwe (71.24)
Saint Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre (71.07)
USA, Memphis Tenn (71.02)
India, Chennai (70.76)
Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek (70.29)
Burundi, Bujumbura (70.07)
Macedonia, Skopje (70.02)
USA, San Antonio Tex (70.02)
Guatemala, Guatemala City (69.74)
Honduras, Tegucigalpa (69.57)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Kingstown (69.5)
Canada, Calgary (69.46)
India, Calcutta (69.31)
India, Hyderabad (68.85)
Dominica, Roseau (68.79)
Rwanda, Kigali (68.75)
Panama, Panama City (68.58)
Guyana, Georgetown (68.58)
China, Shanghai (68.48)
Syria, Damascus (67.99)
Montenegro, Podgorica (67.75)
Laos, Vientiane (67.43)
Ethiopia, Addis Ababa (66.87)
Cuba, Havana (66.61)
Belize, Belmopan (66.33)
Nicaragua, Managua (65.89)
Nepal, Kathmandu (65.67)
Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo (64.93)
Tunisia, Tunis (64.87)
Suriname, Paramaribo (64.75)
India, Bangalore (64.56)
South Africa, Johannesburg (64.51)
Costa Rica, San Jose (64.47)
Egypt, Cairo (64.18)
El Salvador, San Salvador (63.34)
Swaziland, Mbabane (63.11)
Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar (62.85)
South Africa, Pretoria (62.71)
Oman, Muscat (61.61)
Saint Lucia, Castries (61.2)
Pakistan, Lahore (59.48)
Tajikistan, Dushanbe (59.25)
South Africa, Cape Town (58.99)
Namibia, Windhoek (58.89)
Sri Lanka, Colombo (58.51)
Pakistan, Islamabad (58.33)
Iraq, Baghdad (58.25)
Pakistan, Karachi (57.72)
Lesotho, Maseru (57.49)
Argentina, Buenos Aires (57.46)
Bangladesh, Dhaka (57.03)
Bhutan, Thimphu (56.78)
Bolivia, La Paz (56.66)
China, Macao (56.41)
South Africa, Durban (56.07)
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo (54.35)
Ecuador, Quito (53.83)
Uzbekistan, Tashkent (53.03)
Libya, Tripoli (52.74)
China, Shenzhen (51.65)
Eritrea, Asmara (50.72)
China, Dalian (50.54)
China, Wuhan (49.93)
China, Guangzhou (47.28)
Cambodia, Phnom Penh (45.65)
Yemen, Sanaa (45.6)
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat (38.77)
China, Tianjin (29.5)
Zimbabwe, Harare (17.12)

Steven Coleman runs the most comprehensive international cost of living website available http://www.xpatulator.com an internet service that provides free cost of living and hardship premium information, for 276 global locations to registered users. The premium content calculators allow you to customise your own cost of living index by choosing your own basket groups.

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