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The World's Most Expensive Places To Live 2010

The Most Expensive Places To Live
Each year, assembles its ranking of the most expensive places to live. Mercer compiles information from 214 cities worldwide, comparing the cost of more than 200 items in each location including housing, transportation, food, entertainment and more. Mercer's study is designed to help multinational corporations determine compensation allowance for expatriate employees, using New York as the base city. This year’s rankings saw an influx of African cities, "reflecting the growing economic importan
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Each year, Mercer Consulting assembles its ranking of the most expensive places to live. Mercer compiles information from 214 cities worldwide, comparing the cost of more than 200 items in each location including housing, transportation, food, entertainment and more. Mercer's study is designed to help multinational corporations determine compensation allowance for expatriate employees, using New York as the base city.

This year’s rankings saw an influx of African cities, "reflecting the growing economic importance of the region to global companies across all business sectors" according to Nathalie Constantin-Metral, Senior Researcher at Mercer. However, to entice foreign workers to these regions, companies must provide a similar standard of living compared with what employees experience at home, a cost which can get "extraordinarily high, particularly the cost of good, secure accomodation," Constantin-Metral says.

In the Americas, the most expensive city is Sao Paulo (21) while New York (27) and Los Angeles (55) are the most expensive cities in the United States and Vancouver (75) too the top spot in Canada.

So, which cities are the world’s most expensive to live in? Click ahead to find out!

By Paul Toscano
Posted 29 June 2010

10. Copenhagen, Denmark
Monthly Rent, Luxury 2BR: $ Cup of Coffee: $ One Liter Gasoline: $ Daily International Newspaper: $ Fast Food Meal: $
Photo: Ed Freeman | Stone | Getty Images

Monthly Rent, Luxury 2BR: $2,755
Cup of Coffee: $6.06
One Liter Gasoline: $1.94
Daily International Newspaper: $4.22
Fast Food Meal: $10.28

8. (Tied) Hong Kong
Monthly Rent, Luxury 2BR: $ Cup of Coffee: $ One Liter Gasoline: $Daily International Newspaper: $ Fast Food Meal: $
Photo: Image Source | Getty Images

Monthly Rent, Luxury 2BR: $4,248
Cup of Coffee: $5.79
One Liter Gasoline: $1.83
Daily International Newspaper: $3.60
Fast Food Meal: $3.35

8. (Tied) Zurich, Switzerland
Monthly Rent, Luxury 2BR: $ Cup of Coffee: $ One Liter Gasoline: $ Daily International Newspaper: $ Fast Food Meal: $
Photo: AP

Monthly Rent, Luxury 2BR: $2,984
Cup of Coffee: $5.13
One Liter Gasoline: $1.54
Daily International Newspaper: $3.73
Fast Food Meal: $10.54

7. Libreville, Gabon
Monthly Rent, Luxury 2BR: $ Cup of Coffee: $ One Liter Gasoline: $ Daily International Newspaper: $ Fast Food Meal: $
Photo: Robert Ross | Getty Images

Monthly Rent, Luxury 2BR: $2,083
Cup of Coffee: $4.17
One Liter Gasoline: $1.11
Daily International Newspaper: $4.58
Fast Food Meal: $27.08

6. Osaka, Japan
Monthly Rent, Luxury 2BR: $ Cup of Coffee: $ One Liter Gasoline: $ Daily International Newspaper: $ Fast Food Meal: $
Photo: AP

Monthly Rent, Luxury 2BR: $2,218
Cup of Coffee: $6.10
One Liter Gasoline: $1.41
Daily International Newspaper: $5.55
Fast Food Meal: $7.21

5. Geneva, Switzerland
Monthly Rent, Luxury 2BR: $ Cup of Coffee: $ One Liter Gasoline: $ Daily International Newspaper: $ Fast Food Meal: $
Photo: Alberto Incrocci | The Image Bank | Getty Images

Monthly Rent, Luxury 2BR: $4,010
Cup of Coffee: $5.13
One Liter Gasoline: $1.54
Daily International Newspaper: $3.73
Fast Food Meal: $10.54

4. Moscow, Russia
Monthly Rent, Luxury 2BR: $3,600 Cup of Coffee: $8.29 One Liter Gasoline: $0.78 Daily International Newspaper: $9.68 Fast Food Meal: $5.67
Photo: AP

Monthly Rent, Luxury 2BR: $3,600
Cup of Coffee: $8.29
One Liter Gasoline: $0.78
Daily International Newspaper: $9.68
Fast Food Meal: $5.67

3. Ndjamena, Chad
Monthly Rent, Luxury 2BR: $ Cup of Coffee: $ One Liter Gasoline: $ Daily International Newspaper: $ Fast Food Meal: $
Photo: Georges Gobet | AFP | Getty Images

Monthly Rent, Luxury 2BR: N/A
Cup of Coffee: $3.12
One Liter Gasoline: $1.25
Daily International Newspaper: $7.08
Fast Food Meal: $26.04

2. Tokyo, Japan
Monthly Rent, Luxury 2BR: $4,436 Cup of Coffee: $6.65 One Liter Gasoline: $1.41 Daily International Newspaper: $5.55 Fast Food Meal: $7.21
Photo: Getty Images

Monthly Rent, Luxury 2BR: $4,436
Cup of Coffee: $6.65
One Liter Gasoline: $1.41
Daily International Newspaper: $5.55
Fast Food Meal: $7.21

1. Luanda, Angola
Monthly Rent, Luxury 2BR: $7,000 Cup of Coffee: $3.80 One Liter Gasoline: $0.55 Daily International Newspaper: $4.93 Fast Food Meal: $17.50
Photo: Ken Gerhardt | Gallo Images | Getty Images

Monthly Rent, Luxury 2BR: $7,000
Cup of Coffee: $3.80
One Liter Gasoline: $0.55
Daily International Newspaper: $4.93
Fast Food Meal: $17.50