10 most expensive cities in the world
Earlier this month, an authoritative economic publication, Economist Intelligence Unit, published a list of the most expensive cities in the world. We decided to find out what factors make these megacities such expensive places to stay.
The rapid growth of cost of purchase and maintenance of the car ensured Singapore tops the list of most expensive cities in the world. Other factors affecting the cost of living in it, in all senses of the comfortable city, became the high cost of housing as a removable and own taxes and to take away the lion's share of residents pay. The economic policy of the city is justified on the ideological level: Officially, the health, education and high taxes contribute to the prosperity of the entire state.
The European standard of living has always been one of the highest in the world. This year, the second most expensive cities in the world has got to Paris - as a visualization of trends in recovery of the consumer society, despite all the external factors. At the Paris index is very affected and the city's status as a world fashion center. In direct connection with this status is the price category of products, transport and housing - is traditionally high.
Norway capital always fall into the list of the most expensive cities in the Economist Intelligence Unit, has changed only a serial number. This year the high price of social services (dental, beauty parlors, public transport) have provided the city a respectable third place. It is growing every year and the cost of products, even of basic milk, bread and cereals in Oslo are more expensive than in the majority of cities in the world.
It is not surprising that the list was Zurich offices of the largest banks in the world and the unofficial status of the world's financial capital affect pricing in this city the most obvious way. Goods and services, which can count both locals and visitors, will cost much more than similar all around the world. To this is added, and an overvalued level of income tax, calculated primarily on a fat wallet.
The main reason why Sydney made the list, but still at a fairly high position - strong growth of the Australian dollar, which, in turn, ensures the growth of not only the well-being of local residents, but also the level of taxes. The cost of the national currency affects the tourists: the cost of short-term accommodation and the rental vehicle is also still one of the highest in the world.
Some weakening of the yen this year has led to the fact that Tokyo has lost a couple of items in the list of top 10 most expensive cities in the world, however, it is still here. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, the cost of daily living in this metropolis surpasses that even the locals barely afford many necessities. Vehicle tax in Tokyo is also high, but this is true only for large machines: so the City Council is trying to artificially lower the level of the fuel crisis that is looming on the horizon, Japan invisible but quite tangible threat.
And another Swiss city fell to seventh place in the list. The first cause is the high standard of living, which, in principle, valid for the whole country. However, only in Geneva, the average monthly family income with two children (which, by default, is the preferred European standard) is around $ 3000 - quite a lot for a relatively small town.
This is the second largest city in Australia. Since its inception, Melbourne has become a major commercial, industrial and cultural centers of the country. In addition, here are based headquarters of the largest banks in the Asia-Pacific region, which affects the level of income tax, which remains one of the highest in the world.
The geographical location of the capital of Venezuela is largely justifies the high level of prices in this city, because virtually all of the products are delivered here from afar. According to EIU data, Caracas made the list of most expensive cities in the world yet because the authorities of the city artificially inflate the prices of many services - if the ranking of the alternative prices that are used in the black markets of the capital, the situation could be quite different.
As with almost all the Scandinavian city of Copenhagen offers the convenience, cleanliness and attractiveness. Service here also remains at a consistently high level, however, and the cost of all this splendor is very high. Housing, medical and transportation costs, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit experts provide the place Copenhagen on 10 position in the list of the most expensive cities in the world.