Norway Still the Most Expensive Country

In Numbeo’s survey (, New York is used as the base city for the index and scores 100 points, with all cities compared against New York and currency movements measured against the US Dollar and EURO. Sydney (Australia) scored 113.14 points, making it nearly three times as costly as La Paz (Bolivia) with an index score of 39.00.

At the beginning of 2011, the most expensive cities (excluding rent) are:
– Oslo, Norway (CPI 149.26)
– Stavanger, Norway (145.65)
– Zurich, Switzerland (143.93)
– Geneva, Switzerland (143.71)
– Bergen, Norway (142.46)
– Basel, Switzerland (141.12)
– Lausanne, Switzerland (136.41)
– Lucerne, Switzerland (133.04)
– Perth, Australia (130.15)
– Copenhagen, Denmark (123.87)

The least expensive cities in 2011 are Indian cities: Coimbatore, Pune, Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad, followed by Islamabad and Karachi in Pakistan.

Rent is the most expensive in New York, followed by San Francisco (USA), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) and Lucerne (Switzerland).

Cities with the lowest rent are Changchun (China) and Karachi (Pakistan).

On the country level, the most expensive countries in 2011 are Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Australia, Ireland and the Netherlands.

The least expensive countries in 2011 are India, Pakistan, Bolivia, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand and Macedonia.

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