New York City (USA), Dubai (UAE), Stockholm (Sweden), Zurich (Switzerland) - many of these names immediately fill travellers with wanderlust for amazing cosmopolitan experiences and a desire to build a life in these well-developed urban centres. However, these thoughts usually come crashing down when they the price-tag of these urban lifestyles.
That shouldn’t mean that you can't look - you may even be surprised how expensive, and how cheap, the cost of living in different cities in the world are.
Research company Mercer produces annual rankings of the cost of living abroad in more than 200 of the most prevalent assignment destinations for expatriate employees. These rankings allow employer and employee alike to evaluate the quality of life, cost of living and lifestyle that is to be expected, as well as what fair compensation would be for relocating abroad.
SEE: Durban bests Cape Town and Johannesburg to top SA quality of life ranking
Maybe you’re a would-be expat, an intrepid traveller or just an unsettled freelancer with an itch that only international travel and living can scratch - whatever your location and status, this list is sure to have something interesting for you to ponder on.
So read on and find out, maybe you’ll call one of these places home in the future - if you don't already that is.
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