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Moscow ranked 2nd most expensive city for expats

Published time: July 23, 2013 10:34
Edited time: July 23, 2013 12:40
A view at the Moscow Kremlin, Historical Museum, Red Square and Saint Basil's Cathedral. (RIA Novosti/Alexey Filippov)

A view at the Moscow Kremlin, Historical Museum, Red Square and Saint Basil's Cathedral. (RIA Novosti/Alexey Filippov)

The Russian capital is the 2nd most expensive city in the world for expatriates, because of high city center rent in Moscow. The Mercer Consulting report is designed to help multinationals determine compensation for their expatriate employees.


Top 10 costliest cities for expats as of March 2013:

Luanda, Angola

Moscow, Russia

Tokyo, Japan

Ndjamena, Chad

Singapore, Singapore

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Geneva, Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

Bern, Switzerland

Sydney, Australia

The survey measured the cost of over 200 items in more than 200 cities such as housing, transportation, food and clothing, using New York as a the base city. One of the main criteria was the cost of rental housing,  BFM quotes the research.

Moscow was ranked 2nd primarily because of higher prices for rental properties in the center of the city.  An apartment with two bedrooms on average costs $4.600 in Moscow, according  to the study.  

Angola’s capital Luanda tops the list.  Africa's second largest oil producer attracts large multinational firms. Last year, the average monthly rent for a luxury two-bedroom apartment in Luanda was $6,500, according to Mercer, just about $500 less than the cost in Hong Kong - which is considered one of the world's most expensive real estate markets.

Japan’s Tokyo ranks third. 

The researchers noted that, in general, the greatest impact on the rating are local variations in exchange rates against the dollar, and a general increase in the price of goods and services around the world.

Deploying expatriate employees is an increasingly important aspect of multinational companies’ business strategy,” hcmag.ru quotes Garry Adams of Mercer. “With volatile markets and stunted economic growth in many parts of the world, a keen eye on cost efficiency is essential.”

Earlier this year a similar rating was published by ECA consultancy. According to it, Moscow was ranked 5th after Oslo (Norway), Luanda (Angola), Stavanger (Norway) and Juba (Southern Sudan), BFM reports.

In 2008, Moscow was named the most expensive city in the world for foreigners to live.