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This is a list of the world's most expensive cities for expatriate employees, (not local residents) according to the Mercer Human Resource Consulting 2006 Cost of Living Survey [1] . Various factors enter in to a city's cost-of-living for expatriate employees, such as monetary value, consumer confidence, investment, interest rates, exchange rates of the country's currency, housing costs, among others. This list does not account for cost-of-living savings accrued to local citizens through government-subsidized housing, health care, and education, differences in taxation, and many other factors irrelevant to expatriates. Cost of living may be much higher for expatriates than for local residents in a developing country, especially if expatriates expect a standard of living similar to a developed country. A city is an urban area, differentiated from a town, village, or hamlet by size, population density, importance, or legal status. ... A cost-of-living index measures differences in the price of goods and services over time. ... An expatriate (in abbreviated form, expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country and culture other than that of his upbringing or legal residence. ... The Index of Consumer Confidence is issued periodically by The Conference Board, an independent economic research organization. ... Invest redirects here. ... An interest rate is the rental price of money. ...  High human development Medium human development Low human development Unavailable A developing country is a country with a relatively low standard of living, undeveloped industrial base, and moderate to low Human Development Index (HDI). ... Coloured world map indicating Human Development Index (as of 2003). ...

Moscow
Moscow
Toronto
Toronto
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Tokyo
Tokyo
Hong Kong
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Hong Kong
London
London
Osaka City
Osaka City
Geneva
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Geneva
Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Zurich
Zurich
Oslo
Oslo
New York City
New York City
Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg
Milan
Milan
Beijing
Beijing
Istanbul
Istanbul
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Paris
Singapore
Singapore
Dublin
Dublin
Sydney
Sydney

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Image File history File links File links The following pages link to this file: Moscow Red Square ... Image File history File links File links The following pages link to this file: Moscow Red Square ... Download high resolution version (469x683, 29 KB)Picture of CN Tower from lake, taken by my wife. ... Download high resolution version (469x683, 29 KB)Picture of CN Tower from lake, taken by my wife. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1200x800, 282 KB) Description: Downtown L.A., half an hour before sunset Photographer: Thomas Pintaric File links The following pages link to this file: Los Angeles, California ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1200x800, 282 KB) Description: Downtown L.A., half an hour before sunset Photographer: Thomas Pintaric File links The following pages link to this file: Los Angeles, California ... 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ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1048x786, 732 KB) Summary London Skyline Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1048x786, 732 KB) Summary London Skyline Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 468 KB) View of Osaka from the top of the Umeda Sky Building File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Osaka ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 468 KB) View of Osaka from the top of the Umeda Sky Building File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Osaka ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 150 KB) Summary Location: Geneva, Switzerland Author: Sikander Date: September 25th 2005 Details: http://www. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 150 KB) Summary Location: Geneva, Switzerland Author: Sikander Date: September 25th 2005 Details: http://www. ... Kongens Nytorv, Copenhagen, photographer: Thorfinn Stainforth, released under GNU File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... 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Mercer Human Resource Consulting 2006 survey

March 2006 Rank City March 2005 Rank
1 Malaysia Kota Bharu, Kelantan 4
2 Seoul, South Korea 5
3 Tokyo, Japan 1
4 Hong Kong, People's Republic of China 9
5 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 3
6 Osaka, Japan 2
7 Switzerland Geneva, Switzerland 6
8 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark 8
9 Switzerland Zurich, Switzerland 7
10 (tie) Norway Oslo, Norway 10
10 (tie) United States New York City, United States 13
12 St. Petersburg, Russia 15
13 Italy Milan, Italy 11
14 Beijing, People's Republic of China 19
15 Turkey Istanbul, Turkey 22
16 France Paris, France 12
17 Singapore, Singapore 34
18 Dublin, Ireland 13
19 Australia Sydney, Australia 20
20 Shanghai, People's Republic of China 30
21 Italy Rome, Italy 17
21 Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine 54
21 Austria Vienna, Austria 16
24 Tel Aviv, Israel 39
25 Helsinki, Finland 20
25 United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates 73
27 Cameroon Douala, Cameroon 22
28 Republic of China Taipei, Taiwan 29
29 United States Los Angeles, United States 44
30 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 64
31 Nigeria Lagos, Nigeria 96
32 Lebanon Beirut, Lebanon 52
32 Vietnam Hanoi, Vietnam 50
34 Brazil Sao Paulo, Brazil 119
34 United States San Francisco, United States 50
35 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico 42
36 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden 18
37 Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 56
38 United States Chicago, United States 52
39 United States Miami, United States 57
40 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 124
41 Zambia Lusaka, Zambia 123
41 Netherlands Amsterdam, The Netherlands 24
43 United States White Plains, United States 45
44 Shenzhen, People's Republic of China 63
45 Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire 26
45 Senegal Dakar, Senegal 36
47 Canada Toronto, Canada 82
48 Jakarta, Indonesia 71
49 Bratislava, Slovakia 31
50 Prague, Czech Republic 28
56 Canada Vancouver, Canada 87
56 Spain Barcelona, Spain 43
56 Luxembourg Luxembourg, Luxembourg 33
59 Greece Athens, Greece 41
60 United Kingdom Glasgow, United Kingdom 40
61 Germany Frankfurt, Germany 34
62 Jordan Amman, Jordan 67
62 Germany Dusseldorf, Germany 32
62 Warsaw, Poland 27
65 Germany Munich, Germany 37
65 Hungary Budapest, Hungary 24
67 United States Honolulu, United States 61
68 India Mumbai, India 105
69 United Kingdom Birmingham, United Kingdom 47
70 Brussels, Belgium 41
71 Canada Calgary, Canada 98
72 Germany Berlin, Germany 38
73 India New Delhi, India 110
74 Australia Melbourne, Australia 68
75 Ghana Accra, Ghana 91
76 United States Houston, United States 70
77 Germany Hamburg, Germany 49
78 Kuwait Kuwait City, Kuwait 72
79 Croatia Zagreb, Croatia 48
80 Canada Montreal, Canada 107
81 Latvia Riga, Latvia 54
81 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico 95
83 United States Washington, United States 78
84 United States Morristown, United States 80
84 United States Boston, United States 79
86 United States Atlanta, United States 83
87 Manama, Bahrain 86
88 Morocco Casablanca, Morocco 59
88 Portugal Lisbon, Portugal 66
90 Canada Ottawa, Canada 122
91 Santiago, Chile 128
91 France Lyon, France 61
93 Guatemala Guatemala City, Guatemala 108
93 Egypt Cairo, Egypt 97
93 Australia Perth, Australia 93
96 Tallinn, Estonia 60
97 United States Denver, United States 94
98 Saudi Arabia Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 88
99 Australia Brisbane, Australia 84
100 Saudi Arabia Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 89
100 New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand 69
102 United States Seattle, United States 103
103 Mexico Monterrey, Mexico 115
103 United States St. Louis, United States 102
105 New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand 76
106 Ljubljana, Slovenia 76
107 Kenya Nairobi, Kenya 119
108 Australia Adelaide, Australia 89
109 Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica 105
110 United States Cleveland, United States 109
111 United States Portland, United States 112
111 Sofia, Bulgaria 81
113 United States Pittsburgh, United States 111
114 Malaysia Kota Bharu, Malaysia 117
114 Romania Bucharest, Romania 103
116 Lithuania Vilnius, Lithuania 91
117 South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa 116
118 Limassol, Cyprus 100
118 Peru Lima, Peru 118
118 Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei 113
121 Panama Panama City, Panama 114
122 United States Detroit, United States 101
123 Germany Leipzig, Germany 85
124 United States Winston-Salem, United States 119
125 Iran Tehran, Iran 129
126 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 99
127 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand 125
128 Tianjin, People's Republic of China 131
129 Malawi Blantyre, Malawi 130
130 Colombia Bogotá, Colombia 133
131 Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh 127
132 Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka 132
133 Tunisia Tunis, Tunisia 126
134 San Jose, Costa Rica 135
135 Ecuador Quito, Ecuador 137
136 Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela 138
137 India Chennai, India 138
138 Uruguay Montevideo, Uruguay 140
139 India Bangalore, India 141
140 Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan 136
141 Philippines Manila, Philippines 143
142 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina 142
143 Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe 134
144 Paraguay Asuncion, Paraguay 144

Image File history File links Flag_of_Malaysia. ... Kota Bharu (or Kota Baru or Kota Baharu), a city in Malaysia, is the state capital of Kelantan. ... State Motto: Berserah kepada Tuhan Kerajaan Kelantan (English : Submit to God, government of Kelantan Capital Kota Bharu Sultan Tuanku Ismail Petra ibni al-Marhum Sultan Yahya Petra Chief minister Tuan Guru Dato Haji Nik Aziz Nik Mat Area 14,922 km² Population 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Korea_(bordered). ... Seoul (Sŏul[1] 서울)   is the capital and largest city of South Korea (Republic of Korea). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan_(bordered). ... Tokyo , literally Eastern capital)   is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, the home of the Japanese Imperial Family, and the de facto[1] capital of Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Peoples_Republic_of_China. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan_(bordered). ... Osaka )   is the capital of Osaka Prefecture and the third-largest city in Japan, with a population of 2. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Switzerland. ... Geneva (pronunciation //; French: Genève //, German:   //, Italian: Ginevra) is the second most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich), and is the most populous city of Romandy (the French-speaking part of Switzerland). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Denmark. ... Copenhagen (IPA: , rhyming with pagan (the way the Danes themselves pronounce the name of the capital in English), or , with a as in spa; Danish   IPA: ) is the capital of Denmark and the countrys largest city (metropolitan population 1,211,542 (2006)), at present made up of 16 municipalities. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Switzerland. ... Location within Switzerland   Zürich[?] (German pronunciation IPA: ; usually spelled Zurich in English) is the largest city in Switzerland (population: 366,145 in 2004; population of urban area: 1,091,732) and capital of the canton of Zürich. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Norway. ... County Oslo NO-03 District Viken Municipality NO-0301 Administrative centre Oslo Mayor (2004) Per Ditlev-Simonsen (H) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 224 454 km² 426 km² 0. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Nickname: Big Apple; City that never Sleeps; Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Manhattan Queens Brooklyn Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Russia_(bordered). ... Saint Petersburg (Russian: Санкт-Петербу́рг, English transliteration: Sankt-Peterburg), colloquially known as Питер (transliterated Piter), formerly known as Leningrad (Ленингра́д, 1924–1991) and... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Milan (Italian: Milano; Milanese: Milán (listen)) is the main city of northern Italy, located in the plains of Lombardy. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Peoples_Republic_of_China. ... Beijing [English Pronunciation] (Chinese: 北京 [Chinese Pronunciation]; Pinyin: BÄ›ijÄ«ng; IPA: ), a city in northern China, is the capital of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Turkey. ... Istanbul (Turkish: , Greek: Konstandinúpoli, historically known in English as Constantinople; see other names) is Turkeys most populous city, and its cultural and economic center. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) Location Coordinates Time Zone CET (GMT +1) Administration Country France Région ÃŽle-de-France Département Paris (75) Subdivisions 20 arrondissements Mayor Bertrand Delanoë  (PS) (since 2001) City Statistics Land... Image File history File links Flag_of_Singapore_(bordered). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ireland_(bordered). ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Australia. ... The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia with a metropolitan area population of over 4. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Peoples_Republic_of_China. ... Shanghai (Chinese: ; pinyin:  ; Shanghainese: ), situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta in East China, is the largest city of the Peoples Republic of China and the eighth largest in the world. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Nickname: The Eternal City Motto: SPQR: Senatus PopulusQue Romanus Location of the city of Rome (yellow) within the Province of Rome (red) and region of Lazio (grey) Coordinates: Region Lazio Province Province of Rome Founded 21 April 753 BC Mayor Walter Veltroni Area    - City 1,285 km²  (496. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ukraine. ... Location Map of Ukraine with Kiev highlighted. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Austria. ... Inhabitants according to official census figures: 1800 to 2005 Vienna in 1858 Vienna (German: Wien ) is the capital of Austria, and also one of the nine States of Austria. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Israel_(bordered). ... Tel-Aviv was founded on empty dunes north of the existing city of Jaffa. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Finland_(bordered). ... Founded 1550 Country Finland Province Southern Finland Region Uusimaa Sub-region Helsinki Area[1] - Of which land - Rank 185. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Arab_Emirates. ... Coordinates: Emirate Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Area    - City 4,114 km² Population    - City (2006) 1,241,000[1]  - Density 293. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Cameroon. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Republic_of_China. ... Nickname: the City of Azaleas Government Official Website City of Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou Capital District Xinyi Geographical characteristics Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 16 of 25 271. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Arab_Emirates. ... Abu Dhabi or Abu Zaby (Arabic language: أبوظبي) is the largest of the seven emirates that comprise the United Arab Emirates and was also the largest of the former Trucial States. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Nigeria. ... Lagos (pron. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Lebanon. ... For other uses, see Beirut (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Vietnam. ... Hanoi (Vietnamese: Hà Ná»™i)  , estimated population 3,083,800 (2004), is the capital of Vietnam. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... This article is about the Brazilian state, São Paulo. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Puerto_Rico. ... San Juan, the Spanish for Saint John, is a common toponym in parts of the world where Spanish is or was spoken: Argentina San Juan Province San Juan, Argentina, the capital of that province Cuba San Juan Hill Mexico San Juan, Campeche San Juan, Chihuahua San Juan, Coahuila San Juan... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sweden. ...   (IPA: ; UN/LOCODE: SE STO) is the capital of Sweden, and consequently the site of its Government and Parliament as well as the residence of the Swedish head of state, King Carl XVI Gustaf. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Vietnam. ... Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnamese: Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh  ) is the largest city in Vietnam and is located near the Mekong River delta. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, The City of Big Shoulders The 312 Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook Incorporated March 4, 1837 Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Nickname: The Magic City Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Location of Rio de Janeiro Coordinates: Country Brazil Region Southeast State Rio de Janeiro Mayor Cesar Maia (PFL) Area    - City 1,260 km² Population    - City (2005) 5,613,000 [1]  - Density 4,781/km²  - Metro 11,620,000 [2] Time zone UTC-3 (UTC-3) Website: www. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Zambia. ... // Lusaka is the capital and largest city of Zambia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Amsterdam Location Flag Country Netherlands Province North Holland Population 741,329 (1 August 2006) Demonym Amsterdammer Coordinates Website www. ... Motto: Je Maintiendrai (Dutch: Ik zal handhaven, English: I Shall Uphold) Anthem: Wilhelmus van Nassouwe Capital Amsterdam1 Largest city Amsterdam Official language(s) Dutch2 Government Parliamentary democracy Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Beatrix  - Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende Independence Eighty Years War   - Declared July 26, 1581   - Recognised January 30, 1648 (by Spain... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Location of White Plains. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Peoples_Republic_of_China. ... Shenzhen (Sham Chun or Shamchun in old documents) is a sub-provincial city of Guangdong province in southern China, located at the border with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Cote_d'Ivoire. ... Région Lagunes District Governor Pierre Djédji Amondji (FPI) (since 2002) Area 2,119 km² Subdivisions 10 communes of Abidjan Ville 3 subprefectures outside of Abidjan Ville Population unofficial estimate 2003 official estimate 1998 census between 4 and 5 million 3,660,682 3,125,890 Density 1,728... Image File history File links Flag_of_Senegal. ... (City of Dakar, divided into 19 communes darrondissement) City proper (commune) Région Dakar Département Dakar Mayor Pape Diop (PDS) (since 2002) Area 82. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Indonesia_(bordered). ... Jakarta (also Djakarta or DKI Jakarta), formerly known as Sunda Kelapa, Jayakarta and Batavia is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Slovakia_(bordered). ... Bratislava (see below for name alternatives), is the capital of Slovakia and the countrys largest city, with a population of some 450,000. ... 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Nickname: Paris of the East, Pearl of the Danubeor Queen of the Danube Location of Budapest in Hungary Country Hungary County Pest Mayor Gábor Demszky (SZDSZ) Area    - City 525,16 km²  - Land n/a km²  - Water n/a km² Population    - City (2006) 1,695,000  - Density 3570/km... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Honolulu as seen from the International Space Station Honolulu is the largest city and the capital of the U.S. state of Hawai‘i. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_India. ... Mumbai (IPA: ,Marathi: मुंबई), formerly known as Bombay, is the capital of the state of Maharashtra, and the most populous city of India, with an estimated population of about 13 million (as of 2006)[1]. Mumbai is located on Salsette Island, off the west coast of Maharashtra. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The city from above Centenary Square. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Belgium_(civil). ... 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Economist Intelligence Unit 2006 survey

According to a survey released in January 2006 by The Economist Group: This entity, also known as EIU is part of The Economist Group. ... The Economist Group delivers a series of publications and services under The Economist brand, such as The Economist (called a newspaper for historical reasons, but to all appearances a weekly news magazine), Economist. ...

2006 Rank City 2005 Rank
1 Norway Oslo, Norway 3
2 Tokyo, Japan 1
3 Osaka/Kobe, Japan 8
4 (tie) Iceland Reykjavík, Iceland 2
4 (tie) France Paris, France 4
6 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark 5
7 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 7
8 Switzerland Zurich, Switzerland 6
9 Switzerland Geneva, Switzerland 8
10 Helsinki, Finland 10
11 Brussels, Belgium 11

Image File history File links Flag_of_Norway. ... County Oslo NO-03 District Viken Municipality NO-0301 Administrative centre Oslo Mayor (2004) Per Ditlev-Simonsen (H) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 224 454 km² 426 km² 0. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan_(bordered). ... Tokyo , literally Eastern capital)   is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, the home of the Japanese Imperial Family, and the de facto[1] capital of Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan_(bordered). ... Osaka )   is the capital of Osaka Prefecture and the third-largest city in Japan, with a population of 2. ... , Kobe ) is a city in Japan located on the island of Honshu. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Iceland. ... For the town in Canada see Reykjavik, Manitoba Location in Iceland Coordinates: Constituency Reykjavík North Reykjavík South Area    - City 274. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) Location Coordinates Time Zone CET (GMT +1) Administration Country France Région ÃŽle-de-France Département Paris (75) Subdivisions 20 arrondissements Mayor Bertrand Delanoë  (PS) (since 2001) City Statistics Land... Image File history File links Flag_of_Denmark. ... Copenhagen (IPA: , rhyming with pagan (the way the Danes themselves pronounce the name of the capital in English), or , with a as in spa; Danish   IPA: ) is the capital of Denmark and the countrys largest city (metropolitan population 1,211,542 (2006)), at present made up of 16 municipalities. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Switzerland. ... Location within Switzerland   Zürich[?] (German pronunciation IPA: ; usually spelled Zurich in English) is the largest city in Switzerland (population: 366,145 in 2004; population of urban area: 1,091,732) and capital of the canton of Zürich. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Switzerland. ... Geneva (pronunciation //; French: Genève //, German:   //, Italian: Ginevra) is the second most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich), and is the most populous city of Romandy (the French-speaking part of Switzerland). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Finland_(bordered). ... Founded 1550 Country Finland Province Southern Finland Region Uusimaa Sub-region Helsinki Area[1] - Of which land - Rank 185. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Belgium_(civil). ... Nickname: The Capital Of Europe, Comic City City of a 100 Museums Map showing the location of Brussels in Belgium Coordinates: Country Belgium Region Brussels-Capital Region Founded 797 Founded (Region) June 18, 1989 Mayor (Municipality) Freddy Thielemans Area    - City 162 (Region) km²  (62. ...

Sources

  • Vadgama's Dictionary of Interesting Facts
  • The Mercer 2006 Cost of Living Survey [2]
  • Finfacts Ireland [3]
  • BBC News article referring to the survey [4]
  • MCMXCIII News article about the survey [5]
  • CNNMoney.com article about the survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit [6]
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) [7]
  • Global/Worldwide Costo of Living [8]

This entity, also known as EIU is part of The Economist Group. ...

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