Cost of Living City Ranking

African, Asian, and European cities dominate the list of most expensive locations for working abroad

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Mercer and Cost of Living Data

Mercer is the leading provider of data on cost of living and housing for employees sent to work abroad. As part of the ongoing research, Mercer produces these annual rankings of the cost of living in more than 200 of the most prevalent assignment destinations for expatriate employees. The rankings demonstrate how currency fluctuation and shifts in the prices of goods and services can affect the purchasing power of expatriate employees. Multinational companies rely on Mercer for timely and accurate information to compensate their skilled professionals who take on international assignments.

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Mercer’s Cost of Living data forms the basis of compensation packages for international assignees.

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