Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels Cost of Living July 2012

The top 10 Most expensive places – Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels Basket which includes Business Dinner, Dinner at Restaurant (non fast food), Hotel Rates and Take Away Drinks & Snacks (fast Food):

  1. Angola, Luanda
  2. Switzerland, Zurich
  3. Switzerland, Geneva
  4. Brazil, Sao Paulo
  5. Venezuela, Caracas
  6. USA, New York (Manhattan) NY
  7. Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
  8. Bahrain, Manama
  9. United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi
  10. Greece, Athens

The average cost of restaurants meals out and hotels, at places typically frequented by expatriates, in Luanda is double that of Lisbon and approximately 40% more expensive than Perth in Western Australia.

The full July 2012 Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels Basket cost of living rank for all international locations can be found here.

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The 13 basket groups do not count equally and are weighted according to expatriate expenditure norms as follows (weighting percentage is in brackets):
1. Alcohol & Tobacco (2%): Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.
2. Clothing (2.5%): Clothing and footwear products.
3. Communication (2%): Telephone, Internet, Mobile Contract and Calls.
4. Education (5%): Creche/Nursery/Pre-school Fees, School Fees, College Fees, and Tertiary Study Fees.
5. Furniture & Appliances (5%): Furniture, household equipment and appliances.
6. Groceries (16.5%): Food, non-alcoholic beverages and cleaning materials.
7. Healthcare (5%): Doctor Consultation rates, Private Ward Rate, Prescription Medicine, and Private Medical Insurance Contributions.
8. Household (30%): Housing rental, utilities, local rates and residential taxes.
9. Miscellaneous (3%): Stationary, Linen and general goods and services.
10. Personal Care (3%): Personal Care products and services.
11. Recreation & Culture (6%): Books, Camera Film, Cinema Ticket, DVD and CD’s, Sports goods, Theatre Tickets.
12. Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels (2%): Dinner at Restaurant (non fast food), Hotel Rates, Take Away, Drinks & Snacks (fast Food).
13. Transport (18%): Public Transport, Vehicle Costs, Vehicle Fuel, Vehicle Insurance and Vehicle Maintenance.

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2 Responses to Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels Cost of Living July 2012

  1. Carole Valentine says:

    Bermuda is NOT in north Americ!! It is a British overseas dependent territory with its own parliament in the north Atlantic.

    • Xpatulator says:

      Thank you Carole for bringing that to our attention, the comment should have read off the east coast of North America. We have prompted our editorial team who are busy updating the content at the moment with this information.

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