Swiss Cities of Zurich, Geneva Remain World’s Most Expensive: Survey

by swisscham in Business

Zurich and Geneva are still the world’s two most expensive major cities, the annual rankings of 77 metropolitan areas by Swiss bank UBS showed. Egypt’s capital Cairo is the cheapest, the survey found. The two Swiss cities beat New York, Oslo and Copenhagen as revealed in UBS’s 2018 “Cost of living in cities around the world” survey. Zurich is also the most expensive place in the world to party on Saturday night and it has often been viewed as neck and neck with Geneva cost wise. But, “the biggest difference can be found in services, such as haircuts, an hour of household help, dry cleaning, language classes etc., where Zurich is 20% pricier on average than Geneva,” said the survey. UBS based its calculations on a basket of 128 goods and services representing the spending habits of a three-person European family — with separate data sets including and excluding rent, the single largest cost for most people. Zurich and Geneva topped both data sets, although the difference with basis city New York was greater when rent was excluded. In terms of price levels, Tokyo was the only Asian city in the top 10, coming in sixth, while its earning level ranked 17th and its purchasing power 20th. However, in a subset of data for 11 big cities (including Zurich but not Geneva), UBS looked at where millennials (those born after 1980) would be best off to buy a package of typical must-have goods including an Apple iPhone, a laptop and a Netflix subscription. Expensive Chinese city Hong Kong was the surprise winner for the study authors, but they said Zurich was another surprise.

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