List of Most Expensive Cities for Foreign Workers Published, Zagreb Takes 138th Place

Lauren Simmonds

Croatia’s capital city takes a comfortable position.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 27th of June, 2018, Croatia’s capital has found itself at 138th place out of 209 on the newly published list of the most expensive cities for life for foreign workers in 2018, while Hong Kong rather unsurprisingly takes first place, as shown by the latest research by the Mercers consulting firm.

This year, Luanda, the capital of Angola, took sixth place due to the fall in property prices. Second place is taken by Tokyo, followed by Zurich, Singapore, and Seoul.

The most expensive European cities, along with Zurich (3) are Bern (10) and Geneva (11), Frankfurt (68) and Berlin (71) jumped in comparison to last year’s research results. London, one of Europe’s most extortionate cities, jumped by 10 places to 19th place, Paris by 28 places to 34th, Rome by 34 places to 46th, and the Austrian capital of Vienna by 39, to 39th place.

The most expensive Chinese city is Shanghai at seventh place, with Beijing taking the eighth. More powerful Chinese monetary regulation, a flourishing economy, and efforts to make the Chinese yuan (renminbi) become an international currency have raised Chinese cities to that scale, analysts say.

Tel Aviv, at 16th place, continues to be the most expensive city in the Middle East for foreign workers, followed by Dubai (26), Abu Dhabi (40) and Riyadh (45). The most expensive city in the United States is New York, which fell by four places in comparison with last year’s position as 13th. Following NYC are San Francisco (28) and Los Angeles (35), who dropped by 7 and 12 places, while Chicago (51) fell by 12 places.

In the region of central and eastern Europe, in front of Zagreb is the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, at 132nd place. Behind Zagreb are Budapest (151), Tirana (172), Sofia (175), Bucharest (176), Belgrade (181) and Skopje (197). At the 209th place, the cheapest city was Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, after Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

To gain results for its regular annual survey, Mercer investigated the cost of 200 items at each location, including accommodation, transportation, clothing, food and entertainment, comparing prices such as cinema tickets, a pair of jeans, a litre of water, a cup of coffee, a litre of petrol, and milk.


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