Zurich ranked as most expensive city in the world; Karachi (Pakistan) is the cheapest

The Worldwide Cost of Living Survey was made public recently and there are some interesting facts here.

First of all Zurich (Switzerland) was ranked as most expensive city in the world. The city was followed by Tokyo, Geneva, Osaka/Kobe and Oslo. Melbourne, ranked eight most expensive city in the world seems to be more expensive 50 per cent costlier than New York.

Zurich by night
Zurich by night

photo by Andyindia

The other top – of the cheapest cities in the world, shows that Karachi (Pakistan) is the first on top, followed by Mumbai, Tehran, New Delhi and Jeddah.

The survey, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, compared the price of 160 products and services in 130 cities. As you can see,one of the ten least expensive cities in the world is Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia. If you want to visit this city or any other in the Kingdom, you need a Saudi Arabia Visa for your trip.

Here are the final results, as presented on the Herald Sun:

The ten most expensive
Country City WCOL index (New York=100) Rank Rank movement
Switzerland Zurich 170 1 4
Japan Tokyo 166 2 -1
Switzerland Geneva 157 3= 6
Japan Osaka Kobe 157 3= -1
Norway Oslo 156 5 -2
France Paris 150 6 -2
Australia Sydney 147 7 -1
Australia Melbourne 145 8
Singapore Singapore 142 9 -3
Germany Frankfurt 137 10 -1
The ten least expensive
Country City WCOL index (New York=100) Rank Rank move
Amman Muscat 63 120= -10
Bangladesh Dhaka 61 123 -3
Algeria Algiers 59 124 2
Nepal Kathmandu 58 125= 2
Panama Panama City 58 125= -4
Saudi Arabia Jeddah 57 127 -6
India New Delhi 56 128
Iran Tehran 54 129
India Mumbai 52 130
Pakistan Karachi 46 131
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