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Tbilisi in Top 20 Cheapest Cities in the World

Tbilisi has been named one of the Top 20 cheapest cities in the world for expatriate employees to live and work in, according to a global survey done by Mercer Global.

The list, ranking the world’s most expensive and inexpensive cities for expatriates, compared expenses in 207 cities across five continents, based on the calculation of the prices of 200 goods and services including housing, entertainment, food, transport and education. In this survey, Tbilisi was ranked the tenth cheapest city.

The complete Top 20 cheapest cities for expatriates to live in, keeping in mind their respective relationships with the dollar and conditions compared to NYC, are as follows:

20. Islamabad, Pakistan
19. Gaborone, Botswana
18. Tegucigalpa, Honduras
17. Johannesburg, South Africa
16. Yerevan, Armenia
15. Kolkata, India
14. Tirana, Albania
13. La Paz, Bolivia
12. Belgrade, Serbia
11. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovinia
10. Tbilisi, Georgia
9. Managua, Nicaragua
8. Cape Town, South Africa
7. Minsk, Belarus
6. Banjul, Gambia
5. Skopje, Macedonia
4. Tunis, Tunisia
3. Karachi, Pakistan
2. Windhoek, Namibia
1. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The most expensive cities in the world, according to Mercer’s survey, are:

1. Luanda, Angola
2. Hong Kong, China
3. Zurich, Switzerland
4. Singapore, Singapore
5. Geneva, Switzerland
6. Shanghai, China
7. Beijing, China
8. Seoul, South Korea
9. Bern, Switzerland
10. N’Djamena, Chad

The costliest city for the third consecutive year, surprisingly, is Luanda, the capital of Angola. Despite being recognized as a relatively inexpensive city, the cost of imported goods and safe living conditions in this country are available at a steep price, hence the hostile working and living environment for expatriates coming into Luanda. The Mercer survey is designed to help multinational companies and governments determine compensation allowances for their expatriate employees.