Rankings

Households, living costs and giving Change

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Lowest cost of living

US=100 December 2018

  1. Rank
    1
    Country
    Venezuela
    Result
    15
  2. Rank
    2
    Country
    Syria
    Result
    25
  3. Rank
    3
    Country
    Uzbekistan
    Result
    33
  4. Rank
    4
    Country
    Kazakhstan
    Result
    35
  5. Rank
    5
    Country
    Nigeria
    Result
    40
  6. Rank
    Country
    Pakistan
    Result
    40
  7. Rank
    7
    Country
    Argentina
    Result
    41
  8. Rank
    8
    Country
    Algeria
    Result
    43
  9. Rank
    Country
    India
    Result
    43
  10. Rank
    10
    Country
    Iran
    Result
    46
  11. Rank
    Country
    Turkey
    Result
    46
  12. Rank
    12
    Country
    Romania
    Result
    47
  13. Rank
    13
    Country
    Nepal
    Result
    48
  14. Rank
    14
    Country
    Egypt
    Result
    49
  15. Rank
    Country
    Paraguay
    Result
    49
  16. Rank
    Country
    Zambia
    Result
    49
  17. Rank
    17
    Country
    South Africa
    Result
    50
  18. Rank
    18
    Country
    Sri Lanka
    Result
    51
  19. Rank
    19
    Country
    Ukraine
    Result
    52
  20. Rank
    Country
    Panama
    Result
    52
  21. Rank
    Country
    Brazil
    Result
    52
  22. Rank
    22
    Country
    Hungary
    Result
    54
  23. Rank
    Country
    Saudi Arabia
    Result
    54
  24. Rank
    24
    Country
    Russia
    Result
    55
  25. Rank
    Country
    Senegal
    Result
    55

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