Rankings

Households, living costs and giving Change

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Highest cost of living

US=100 December 2018

  1. Rank
    1
    Country
    France
    Result
    107
  2. Rank
    Country
    Hong Kong
    Result
    107
  3. Rank
    Country
    Singapore
    Result
    107
  4. Rank
    4
    Country
    Switzerland
    Result
    101
  5. Rank
    5
    Country
    Denmark
    Result
    100
  6. Rank
    Country
    South Korea
    Result
    100
  7. Rank
    7
    Country
    Israel
    Result
    99
  8. Rank
    8
    Country
    Norway
    Result
    98
  9. Rank
    9
    Country
    Japan
    Result
    96
  10. Rank
    10
    Country
    Austria
    Result
    91
  11. Rank
    11
    Country
    Iceland
    Result
    90
  12. Rank
    12
    Country
    Finland
    Result
    89
  13. Rank
    Country
    Australia
    Result
    89
  14. Rank
    14
    Country
    Ireland
    Result
    88
  15. Rank
    15
    Country
    New Caledonia
    Result
    87
  16. Rank
    16
    Country
    United Kingdom
    Result
    86
  17. Rank
    17
    Country
    Jordan
    Result
    85
  18. Rank
    18
    Country
    Italy
    Result
    81
  19. Rank
    19
    Country
    Spain
    Result
    80
  20. Rank
    Country
    Belgium
    Result
    80
  21. Rank
    21
    Country
    Netherlands
    Result
    78
  22. Rank
    Country
    New Zealand
    Result
    78
  23. Rank
    Country
    Thailand
    Result
    78
  24. Rank
    24
    Country
    Canada
    Result
    77
  25. Rank
    Country
    Germany
    Result
    77

Index key & notes

Notes

The cost of living index shown is compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit for use by companies in determining expatriate compensation: it is a comparison of the cost of maintaining a typical international lifestyle in the country rather than a comparison of the purchasing power of a citizen of the country. The index is based on typical urban prices an international executive and family will face abroad. The prices are for products of international comparable quality found in a supermarket or department store. Prices found in local markets and bazaars are not used unless the available merchandise is of the specified quality and the shopping area itself is safe for executive and family members. New York City prices are used as the base, so United States = 100.

Source: Economist Intelligence Unit