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Due to ongoing economic troubles in the country, expats in Argentina earn less than they used to. Read more


In spite of lower costs this year, Sydney is the most expensive city in Australia and 26th in the world. Read more


Rising prices in Vienna drove its ranking up 16 places to become the word’s 32nd costliest city. Read more


The inflation rate in Belgium is down for the second straight year. Read more


While Brazil’s standard of living is the highest in South America, its cost of living is low compared to most of North America and Europe. Read more


Canada’s standard of living is on par with that of the most prosperous nations in the world. Read more


Chile is not particularly expensive. Santiago does not appear in any of the major rankings surveys of the world's top 50 most expensive cities. Read more


China can be expensive for expats, even though the country’s rate of inflation is quite low. Read more

Costa Rica

The capital, San José, is ranked the most expensive city in Central America in a recent international cost of living survey. Read more


While Denmark is more expensive than other EU countries, it is still less costly than many countries in the world. Read more


While Finland is one of the more expensive countries in the EU, it is still less costly than many other countries in the world. Read more


The French health care system is considered to be one of the best in the world. Read more


The cost of living in Germany is roughly on a par with much of the rest of Western Europe. Read more


Guatemala, known as the ‘land of eternal spring,’ is a beautiful but poor country. Read more

Hong Kong

The Hong Kong SAR is regarded as one of the most expensive places to live in the world. Read more


India is one of the least expensive areas in which to live, however the rental market for expats can be challenging. Read more


Consumer prices in Ireland are mostly holding steady, however prices in Ireland are still 17 percent higher than the EU average. Read more


While Italy is the third-largest economy in the Eurozone, it struggles with high public debt and other economic difficulties. Read more


The cost of living for expatriates in Mexico is moderate compared with the rest of Latin America. Read more


When compared with much of the rest of Western Europe, The Netherlands can be an affordable place to live as an expatriate. Read more


Nicaragua is the poorest country in Central America and the second poorest in the Northern Hemisphere, Read more


Norway is one of the most expensive countries in which to live. Read more


Panama, known as the ‘hub of the Americas,’ has the fastest-growing economy in Latin America. Read more


General living costs in Peru are lower than the US and Europe and inflation is moderate. Read more


Prices in Moscow for expatriates are some of the highest in the world. Read more


Singapore is regarded as one of the most expensive places to live in Asia. Read more

South Africa

Although inflation rates have increased, South Africa is still very affordable, with a cost of living that is less than half of New York City's. Read more

South Korea

Seoul is the 10th most expensive city in the world, but South Koreans are also paid well. Read more


Spain is one of the least expensive Western European countries in which to live. Read more


Sweden has one of the highest standard and cost of living in the European Union. Read more


Switzerland is known as a country of high wages and a high cost of living. Read more


Base commodity prices are increasing, signaling the potential for future price hikes in consumer goods. Read more


The UAE has an open economy with a high per capita income and a sizable annual trade surplus. Read more


Salaries, prices and the cost of living all vary enormously from one region to another. Read more
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