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World Cost of Living Survey 2019

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    28th Mar, 2019

The Economist Intelligence Unit has released the report of the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2019.


The Economist Intelligence Unit has released the report of the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2019.


World Cost of Living Report

  • The Worldwide Cost of Living is a biannual Economist Intelligence Unit survey which compares more than 400 individual prices across over 150 products and services in cities around the world.
  • These include food, drink, clothing, household supplies and personal care items, home rents, transport, utility bills, private schools, domestic help and recreational costs.

Highlights of the Report

  • For the first time three cities share the title of the world's most expensive city – Singapore, Hong Kong and Paris.
  • This year's top ten is largely split between Asia and Europe, with Singapore representing the only city that has maintained its ranking from the previous year.
  • Three Indian cities - New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai, are among the cheapest cities in the world.
  • India is tipped for rapid economic expansion, but in per-head terms, wage and spending growth will remain low. Income inequality means that low wages are the norm, limiting household spending and creating many tiers of pricing as well as strong competition from a range of retail sources.
  • Moreover, in India cheap and plentiful supply of goods into cities from rural producers with short supply chains as well as government subsidies on some products, has kept prices down, especially by Western standards.
  • Syria's capital, Damascus is the cheapest city in the world. Joining Damascus at the bottom is Venezuela's capital, Caracas and Kazakhstan's business centre, Almaty, in the second and third position respectively.
  • Others in the 10 cheapest cities list include Lagos at the 4th place, Bengaluru (5th), Karachi (6th), Algiers (7th), Chennai (8th), Bucharest (9th) and New Delhi (10th).
  • Although the Indian subcontinent remains structurally cheap, instability is becoming an increasingly prominent factor in lowering the relative cost of living of a location. This means that there is a considerable element of risk in some of the world's cheapest cities.
  • Singapore retained its title as the world's most expensive city for the fifth consecutive year. Singapore was ranked ahead of Paris placed second on the list, Zurich (3rd) and Hong Kong (4th).
  • Oslo is the 5th most expensive city in the world, followed by Geneva (6th), Seoul (7th), Copenhagen (8th), Tel Aviv (9th) and Sydney (10th).
  • According to the Worldwide Cost of Living 2018 survey South Asian cities, particularly those in India and Pakistan offers the best value for money.

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