Headed overseas? The most and least expensive cities for expats

Currency fluctuations and the impact of inflation on goods and services influence the cost of expatriate living.

Two African cities top the list of most expensive cities for expatriates according to Mercer’s 2014 Cost of Living Survey.

The latest survey covers 211 cities across five continents and measures the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location — including housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment.

Find out which cities made the list.

Are you surprised by these results? Which city did you think would top the list and why? Please leave your comments below.

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  • Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is an Associate Editor for Devex. Based on the U.S. West Coast, she works with Devex's team of correspondents and editors around the world, with a particular focus on gender. She previously worked as Devex’s Southeast Asia correspondent based in Bangkok, covering disaster and crisis response, resilience, women’s rights, and climate change throughout the region. Prior to that, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.