France's capital, which has been one of the top 10 since 2003, moved up this year, while last year's fourth most expensive city, Hong Kong, jumped up three positions, leading to a tie at the top for the first time.
The Annual Survey Considering The Cost Of Over 150 Goods In 133 Cities Around The World Has A Top 1
Rises and falls
Hong Kong shares the title of the world's most expensive
the city with Paris and Singapore.
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Japan's Osaka moved six positions, and now shares fifth place with Switzerland Geneva.
New York and Los Angeles are the only North American cities in the Top 10, with the Big Apple rising six places in common seventh place, a position it shares with Denmark's Copenhagen.
The city of Angels (LA) was named the tenth most expensive city in the world, along with Israel's Tel Aviv.
According to the survey, the American cities were among the most pricy in terms of tools and home care.
In Switzerland, the Swiss cities of Zurich and Geneva entered the fourth and fifth along with Osaka The highest costs of household, personal care, recreational and entertainment expenses.
But the high ranking, common seventh (along with Seoul), was thought to be due to relatively high transport, recreational and personal care expenses.
Meanwhile, Turkey's Istanbul has become significantly cheaper, and took 48 places to joint 120 in the list. This is partly due to the fall in value of Turkish lira.
Uzbekistan's Tashkent also experienced a large drop and dropped 19 places to 131, while Moscow is down 16 places to 102.
The moved up list is the Bulgarian capital Sofia, which has climbed 29 places to shared 90th location, thanks be an increase in the price of groceries, tools and recreation.
New York is one of only two North American cities featured in the top 10.
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The cost of living in the UK has also increased. An increase in domestic prices, which operates London with eight positions in common 22., is a major factor.
San Francisco has also become a more expensive place to live and rises 12 positions to 25th place.
"We note converging costs in traditionally more expensive cities such as Paris, Singapore, Zurich, Geneva, Copenhagen and Hong Kong. It is a testament to the globalization and similarity of taste and shopping patterns," Roxana Slavcheva, editor of the survey, said.
"More noteworthy is the severe fall in the ranking of emerging economy cities – Istanbul, Tashkent, Moscow and St. Petersburg – due to persistently high inflation and depreciation. "
It was surprising that the cheapest cities to live in, largely consisted of those who experience well-documented political or economic disturbance (or both in the same case).
Karacas, Venezuela's capital was at the bottom of the list in
Syria is ranked just above Caracas at 132.
Worsening economic conditions in Venezuela and hyperinflation underlie its downward position down the list. space, while Nigeria's Lagos relates to Pakistan's Karachi of 127.
1. (tie) Singapore
] 1. (Tie) Paris, France
1. (Tie) Hong Kong
4. Zurich, Switzerland
5. (tie) Geneva, Switzerland
5. (tie) Osaka , Japan
7. (tie) Seoul, South Korea
7. (tie) Copenhagen, Denmark
7. ( tie) New York
10. (briefs) Tel Aviv, Israel
10. (tie) Los Angeles