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 a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Bangkok, she covers disaster and crisis response, innovation, women’s rights, and development trends throughout Asia. Prior to her current post, she covered leadership, careers, and the USAID implementer community from Washington, D.C. Previously, 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.

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