The 20 Most Expensive Cities In The World

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The cost of living may be going up in U.S. cities, but it’s nothing compared to the price inflation that some global cities are experiencing.ECA International, a global management consulting firm, recently came out with its semiannual cost of living survey, which compares the cost of a basket of consumer goods and services in over 400 places worldwide.

The survey is most commonly used by multinational companies to calculate salaries for employees sent abroad. But the prices also provide a fascinating glimpse into what expats pay to live in cities around the world, and where everyday expenses are highest.

Want to know why developing cities like Luanda, Angola, and Juba, South Sudan, ranked so highly? Click here to read our explainer.

For reference, Manhattan placed 36th — the highest of any U.S. city

Ranked #46 in 2011

Movie Ticket: $13.69

Can of soda: $1.66

Dozen eggs: $4.58

Beer at a bar: $7.33

Source: ECA International

20. Stockholm, Sweden

Ranked #19 in 2011

Movie Ticket: $17.42

Can of soda: $1.91

Dozen eggs: $4.51

Beer at a bar: $10.19

Source: ECA International

19. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Ranked #30 in 2011

Movie Ticket: N/A

Can of soda: $2.26

Dozen eggs: $4.34

Beer at a bar: $7.28

Source: ECA International

18. Canberra, Australia

Ranked #17 in 2011

Movie Ticket: $18.77

Can of soda: $2.69

Dozen eggs: $7.01

Beer at a bar: $8.05

Source: ECA International

17. Copenhagen, Denmark

Ranked #12 in 2011

Movie Ticket: $15.91

Can of soda: $2.29

Dozen eggs: $6.54

Beer at a bar: $9.44

Source: ECA International

16. Sydney, Australia

Ranked #15 in 2011

Movie Ticket: $19.47

Can of soda: $2.43

Dozen eggs: $5.30

Beer at a bar: $7.70

Source: ECA International

15. Moscow, Russia

Ranked #16 in 2011

Movie Ticket: $15.32

Can of soda: $1.64

Dozen eggs: $2.61

Beer at a bar: $9.57

Source: ECA International

14. Juba, South Sudan

Ranked #60 in 2011

Movie Ticket: N/A

Can of soda: $1.66

Dozen eggs: $5.51

Beer at a bar: $4.89

Source: ECA International

13. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Ranked #28 in 2011

Movie Ticket: $19.42

Can of soda: $2.13

Dozen eggs: $6.58

Beer at a bar: $6.72

Source: ECA International

12. Basel, Switzerland

Ranked #9 in 2011

Movie Ticket: $18.96

Can of soda: $1.27

Dozen eggs: $8.27

Beer at a bar: $9.61

Source: ECA International

11. Bern, Switzerland

Ranked #7 in 2011

Movie Ticket: $19.34

Can of soda: $1.25

Dozen eggs: $7.84

Beer at a bar: $8.25

Source: ECA International

10. Geneva, Switzerland

Ranked #3 in 2011

Movie Ticket: $19.97

Can of soda: $1.29

Dozen eggs: $8.06

Beer at a bar: $9.10

Source: ECA International

9. Zurich, Switzerland

Ranked #5 in 2011

Movie Ticket: $18.59

Can of soda: $1.26

Dozen eggs: $7.88

Beer at a bar: $9.20

Source: ECA International

8. Stavanger, Norway

Ranked #8 in 2011

Movie Ticket: $17.59

Can of soda: $2.89

Dozen eggs: $7.87

Beer at a bar: $12.54

Source: ECA International

7. Caracas, Venezuela

Ranked #13 in 2011

Movie Ticket: $15.81

Can of soda: $2.93

Dozen eggs: $3.92

Beer at a bar: $11.61

Source: ECA International

6. Kobe, Japan

Ranked #10 in 2011

Movie Ticket: $22.84

Can of soda: $1.44

Dozen eggs: $4.58

Beer at a bar: $8.49

Source: ECA International

5. Yokohama, Japan

Ranked #6 in 2011

Movie Ticket: $22.84

Can of soda: $1.59

Dozen eggs: $4.34

Beer at a bar: $10.30

Source: ECA International

4. Luanda, Angola

Ranked #11 in 2011

Movie Ticket: $13.10

Can of soda: $1.05

Dozen eggs: $5.25

Beer at a bar: $7.38

Source: ECA International

3. Oslo, Norway

Ranked #2 in 2011

Movie Ticket: $17.39

Can of soda: $3.20

Dozen eggs: $8.38

Beer at a bar: $12.89

Source: ECA International

2. Nagoya, Japan

Ranked #4 in 2011

Movie Ticket: $22.84

Can of soda: $1.44

Dozen eggs: $4.20

Beer at a bar: $10.25

Source: ECA International

1. Tokyo, Japan

Ranked #1 in 2011

Movie Ticket: $22.93

Can of soda: $1.85

Dozen eggs: $6.20

Beer at a bar: $10.35

Source: ECA International

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