Metropolitan living comes at a cost — especially if you pick Hong Kong, Paris or Zurich, which are the world’s most expensive cities according to new research.
The Economist Intelligence Unit — which rates 133 global cities, and compares the price of a basket of 138 everyday items in each — has ranked them as joint top of the table.
The European cities have leapfrogged over Singapore and Osaka, which tied with Hong Kong in the previous Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, carried out in March.
The changes are especially marked this time around, with the report doubling as an assessment of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on prices around the world.
Tel Aviv ties with Osaka in fifth place. The top 10 is completed by Geneva, New York City, Copenhagen and Los Angeles.
Sydney is at number 15, London at 20, and Nairobi at 77. Moscow is at number 106, and Delhi at 121. Damascus in Syria is the city with the lowest cost of living.