Monthly Archives: August 2013

Why is the cost of living index (COLI) different in every location?

When comparing the cost of living between 2 locations the difference in the aggregate cost of the selected basket groups are examined in each location using the average reported price in each location for the same quantity of each item. … Continue reading

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What Are Basket Groups? Do They Affect The Cost of Living?

Basket groups are those items that you need to buy on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.  Some of these items are paid for by the employer on an expatriate assignment and others that come out of the employees pocket. … Continue reading

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South Asia Expensive for Expats or Not?

The most expensive countries in South Asia are: Maldives; Sri Lanka; and India. The cheapest city in South Asia is Thimphu in Bhutan (the cheapest city in the world). The biggest mover down the rankings is Male, which has dropped 15 places since April to become the … Continue reading

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Just How Expensive is the Middle East as an Expat – Mid 2013?

The most expensive countries in the Middle East for expatriates to live in are: Qatar; United Arab Emirates; Israel;Lebanon and Bahrain. The most expensive cities in the Middle East for expatriates to live in: Doha (118th most expensive in the world); Abu Dhabi; Dubai; Jerusalem; and Beirut. The cheapest country and city in … Continue reading

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Just How Expensive is it to Live in Europe for July 2013?

The most expensive countries in Europe for expatriates to live in are: Switzerland; Norway; Liechtenstein; Denmark; and Jersey. The most expensive cities in Europe for expatriates to live in: Zurich (most expensive in the world); Geneva; Monaco; Oslo; and Moscow. The cheapest city in Europe for expatriates to live in is Sofia in Bulgaria (12th … Continue reading

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Asia Pacific Cost of Living July 2013

The biggest mover down the rankings is South Tarawa in Kiribati, which has dropped from 148th in April to become the 314th most expensive location in the world. The biggest mover up the rankings is Tashkent in Uzbekistan, which has risen from 500th in April … Continue reading

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