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9. Hong Kong

One of the most densely populated areas in the world, Hong Kong is also one of the most expensive. “Large numbers of expatriates are going to work there,” says Mercer’s Ed Hannibal, who notes that significant demand for housing in Asian cities such as Hong Kong is a major contributing factor to the high cost of living.

Monthly Rent, Luxury 2 Bedroom: $5,776
Cup of Coffee: $6.80
One Gallon Gasoline: $7.57
Daily International Newspaper: $3.59
Fast Food Meal: $3.52

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