An annual report by global consultancy firm Mercer has declared Hong Kong as the world’s most expensive city for expatriates to live in. The survey of 209 cities took into account the cost of scores of items in each destination, including housing, food and entertainment.
Mercer found that an unfurnished two-bedroom apartment in a decent neighborhood of Hong Kong rented for over $6,800 a month, compared to roughly $4,600 in London and just $4,000 in Tokyo. A cup of coffee cost nearly $8 in Hong Kong — twice as much as London ($4.40) and Tokyo ($4.00) respectively.
Making up the rest of the world’s top five costliest places to live were the Angolan capital Luanda, Switzerland’s Zurich and Hong Kong’s fellow Asian metropolises Singapore and Tokyo.
They were followed by Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which broke into the top 10 for the first time. Shanghai, Geneva, the capital of Chad N’Djamena, and Beijing completed the upper tier.
Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese territory, was also deemed the world’s least affordable city in a survey in January.