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Expensive assignments in Asia for managers

Hong Kong is the most expensive city in the world for expats - employees posted abroad. The consulting firm Mercer came in second to fourth place with Tokyo, Singapore and Seoul. In total, the cost of living was studied in 209 cities around the world. Among the top ten most expensive cities, eight are in Asia (see the full ranking below). Zurich ranks fifth and New York ninth.

 

Hong Kong (Photo: J.Kindermann)

 

The five most expensive German cities are Munich (67th place), Frankfurt (74th place), Berlin (81st place), Düsseldorf (92nd place) and Hamburg (100th place). It is cheaper for international managers in Stuttgart (126th place), Nuremberg (151st place) and Leipzig (156th place).

The two Swiss cities of Bern (twelfth place) and Geneva (thirteenth place) are also among the top 15. This is followed by some distance from Eastern and Central Europe, Moscow (27th place), St. Petersburg (75th place), Prague (97th place) and Warsaw (173rd place).

Other major Western European cities: Milan (45th place), Paris (47th place), Oslo (61st place) and Madrid (82nd place). In the UK, London ranks 23rd, Birmingham 135th and Belfast 158th. In the United States, New York ranks ninth, San Francisco 16th and Los Angeles 18th followed by Chicago 37th among the most expensive cities in the world.

 

Mercer City Ranking 2019:

 

rankcityCountry / Region
1Hong KongHong Kong Special Administrative Region)
2TokyoJapan
3SingaporeSingapore
4SeoulSouth Korea
5ZurichSwitzerland
6ShanghaiChina
7AshgabatTurkmenistan
8BeijingChina
9new YorkUnited States
10ShenzhenChina
11N’DjamenaChad
12BernSwitzerland
13GenevaSwitzerland
14VictoriaSeychelles
fifteenTel AvivIsrael
16San FranciscoUnited States
17GuangzhouChina
18los AngelesUnited States
19OsakaJapan
20CopenhagenDenmark
21DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
22KinshasaDemocratic Republic of Congo
23LondonGreat Britain
24LibrevilleGabon
25LagosNigeria
26LuandaAngola
27MoscowRussia
27NanjingChina
29NoumeaNew Caledonia
30AbidjanIvory Coast
30Cheng youChina
32TianjinChina
33Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
33NagoyaJapan
35TaipeiTaiwan
35RiadSaudi Arabia
37ChicagoUnited States
38HonoluluUnited States
39BrazzavilleRepublic of the Congo
40BangkokThailand
41QingdaoChina
42WashingtonUnited States
43DublinIreland
44MiamiUnited States
45MilanItaly
45ShenyangChina
47ParisFrance
47DhakaBangladesh
49BostonUnited States
50SydneyAustralia
51ViennaAustria
52YaoundeCameroon
53BeirutLebanon
54BanguiCentral African Republic
55RomeItaly
56White planesUnited States
57ManamaBahrain
58AmsterdamNetherlands
59DjiboutiDjibouti
59HoustonUnited States
61OsloNorway
62DallasUnited States
63AccraGhana
64SeattleUnited States
65HelsinkiFinland
66DoualaCameroon
67MumbaiIndia
67MunichGermany
69AtlantaUnited States
70MontevideoUruguay
70MorristownUnited States
72DakarSenegal
72San JuanPuerto Rico
74FrankfurtGermany
75St. PetersburgRussia
75AmmanJordan
77BrusselsBelgium
78MinneapolisUnited States
79MelbourneAustralia
79SantiagoChile
81BerlinGermany
82MadridSpain
83Port of SpainTrinidad & Tobago
84LuxembourgLuxembourg
85AbujaNigeria
86São PauloBrazil
87PerthAustralia
88ConakryGuinea
89AucklandNew Zealand
90DetroitUnited States
91BarcelonaSpain
92DusseldorfGermany
93Panama cityPanama
94St. LouisUnited States
95LisbonPortugal
96CanberraAustralia
97PragueCzech Republic
97NairobiKenya
97PittsburghUnited States
100HamburgGermany
100JeddahSaudi Arabia
102Bandar Seri BegawanBrunei
103BrisbaneAustralia
103MuscatOman
105JakartaIndonesia
106ClevelandUnited States
107PortlandUnited States
108Phnom PenhCambodia
109AdelaideAustralia
109ManilaPhilippines
111RigaLatvia
112VancouverCanada
112HanoiVietnam
114WellingtonNew Zealand
115TorontoCanada
115DohaQatar
117YangonMyanmar
118New DelhiIndia
119Kuwait cityKuwait
120Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam
121Rio de JaneiroBrazil
121LimaPeru
123LyonFrance
124BamakoMali
125Pointe-à-PitreGuadeloupe (France)
126StuttgartGermany
127StockholmSweden
128CotonouBenin
128AthensGreece
128CasablancaMorocco
131BratislavaSlovakia
131San JoseCosta Rica
133Buenos AiresArgentina
133HavanaCuba
135BirminghamGreat Britain
136Guatemala CityGuatemala
137AberdeenGreat Britain
138Winston-SalemUnited States
139MontrealCanada
140TallinnEstonia
141Kuala LumpurMalaysia
142LjubljanaSlovenia
143ZagrebCroatia
144Mexico CityMexico
145LomeWalk
145OuagadougouBurkina Faso
145GlasgowGreat Britain
148QuitoEcuador
149NiameyNiger
150KievUkraine
151NurembergGermany
152VilniusLithuania
153CalgaryCanada
154ChennaiIndia
154IstanbulTurkey
156LeipzigGermany
157KingstonJamaica
158BelfastGreat Britain
159MaputoMozambique
160RabatMorocco
161LimassolCyprus
161OttawaCanada
161Port LouisMauritius
164BudapestHungary
165Port au PrinceHaiti
166TiranaAlbania
166San SalvadorEl Salvador
166CairoEgypt
169Santo DomingoDominican Republic
170BogotáColombia
171Dar es SalaamTanzania
171Addis AbabaEthiopia
173WarsawPoland
174BrasiliaBrazil
175KigaliRwanda
176BucharestRomania
177SofiaBulgaria
178BakuAzerbaijan
179BengaluruIndia
180Cape TownSouth Africa
181BelgradeSerbia
182ColomboSri Lanka
183KampalaUganda
184AlgiersAlgeria
185JohannesburgSouth Africa
186AsunciónParaguay
187MonterreyMexico
188HarareZimbabwe
189KolkataIndia
189GaboroneBotswana
191AlmatyKazakhstan
192NouakchottMauritania
193BlantyreMalawi
194SarajevoBosnia and Herzegovina
195La PazBolivia
196LusakaZambia
197YerevanArmenia
198MinskBelarus
199TegucigalpaHonduras
200ManaguaNicaragua
201SkopjeMacedonia
202TbilisiGeorgia
203IslamabadPakistan
204WindhoekNamibia
204BanjulGambia
206BishkekKyrgyzstan
207KarachiPakistan
208TashkentUzbekistan
209TunisTunisia

Source: Mercer 2019

 

 

 

 

 

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