There are many ways to assess a place of living. By the possibilities, it offers your career, by the peace and sense of beauty that it afford,s or by the expense it incurs on you. Though expenses are a part of life, it may not be a good idea to judge a place on the basis of financial expenditure alone. So, here are the most expensive places to live in the world, along with what could possibly make it worth all the expense.
10. Copenhagen, Denmark
Glam facts: It’s amusing to think that the Danish capital was founded as a fishing village in the 10th century for it has certainly come a long way from the old days of marine trade. Currently being popular for destination weddings and the medieval artifacts that make for a quaint yet beautiful contrast to the urbane living style, this is one place where you live surrounded by beauty, but certainly paying for it.
Price facts: To get an idea of how expensive it can be to live in Copenhagen, sample this: having a dinner for two at a regular restaurant that wouldn’t afford you a good view(or maybe any view at all) will set you back by about $ 85, and that’s with just one drink each. As if that’s not enough a pint of the local lager, Carlsberg can cost anywhere from $5.29 to $8.82.
9. Tokyo, Japan
Glam facts: Awe-inspiring scientific advancements, unique cultural heritage, and natural beauty that has inspired artists from the classical era to the age of manga-there are many things that make Japan a place like none other.
Price facts: When a simple cup of coffee comes at about $6.17 and a cab driver for a distance of 3 km downsizes your wallet by around $14. 15, you ought to know that Tokyo is expensive.
8. Melbourne, Australia
Glam facts: An expansive landscape that includes both snowfields and deserts is just the beginning of what makes Melbourne fascinating. A highly sophisticated city hub which is the Federation Square, exciting city lanes, and an urban population that’s as athletic as it is proud makes Melbourne an enthralling experience.
Price facts: Egg lovers may not love the fact that just a dozen eggs cost an average of $4.84 $17in Melbourne. And if you are a smoking person, the fume-intake is a high-priced activity with a pack of Marlboros costing around $19.
7. Geneva, Switzerland
Glam facts: Geneva has mountains that flank rivers and an art and culture scene that’s as sophisticated as the food they create. Laidback yet chic, modern yet exquisite, there’s a fine balance to Geneva which inspires you.
Price facts: It costs to look good in Geneva-and we’re not talking about notching yourself up at a fancy salon. Just a pair of Swedish jeans would make you poorer by about $45.07. And as if to make you stay in shape for wearing good jeans fast food is not cheap here with the price for a single hamburger around $14.18.
6. Caracas, Venezuela
Glam facts: Though troubled by crimes at times, Caracas nonetheless offers paradisiacal pleasures thanks to the natural abundance and a wonderful climate. Add to that a thriving nightlife and you have a place where you get a good dose of pleasure and more.
Price facts: Let’s look at the basic: bread. To buy a loaf of white bread means spending around $11. 02. And to put things in a brand perspective, you will have to shell out a whopping $587 to buy a pair of Nike shoes.
5. Sydney, Australia
Glam facts: The capital of New South Wales, home to one of the most iconic man-made structures in the world, Sydney is where the wild side of human nature has managed to find a place in modern living. Brasher contact sports, louder celebrations, and wild disco nights are all things the city is famous for. A veritable modern Mecca for the individualist.
Price facts: Melbourne isn’t the only place in Australia where in order to live you have to spend as though there’s perennial inflation. For instance, a cocktail at a downtown nightclub in Sydney would cost you around $17 while a one-month gym membership at a business district will have you spend $84.
4. Zurich, Switzerland
Glam facts: Lying at the northern end of Lake Zurich, this is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With smart Swiss casinos, a lively music scene(famous for jazz especially), and city lanes that balance both the medieval and the modern avant-garde, Zurich has beauty etched practically on every square foot.
Price facts: If you want to rent a two-bedroom apartment in Zurich, you better be ready to pay around $4131. 95 every month. And if you want to stop your mind from thinking of all the expenses by relaxing at the movies, a single ticket would cost you $21.22. Though that may make the idea of relaxation a moot point.
3. Oslo, Norway
Glam facts: Ever since the Beatles came out with the song ‘Norwegian Wood’ in 1965 Norway has been in popular consciousness. And Oslo, the capital of Norway, encompasses everything positive that the country has to offer- rivers and monolithic mountains that look like they rose straight out of a fantasist’s mind, a unique architectural aesthetic which makes the city special and the essence of living in your own space thanks to the limited population. This is perhaps the city in the world that comes closest to a poet’s dream.
Price facts: Coke, like bread, is another basic for many humans, and a 2 liter Coca-Cola bottle would cost you at least $ 5. 78 in Oslo. And if you are a connoisseur of Italian food a dinner for two at an Italian restaurant would have you pay around $177, wine and dessert being part of the deal, thank you very much.
Glam facts: The fashion capital has been celebrated in movies and songs so much that it’s on everyone’s must-visit list. The Eiffel Tower signifies not just a landmark but also the possibility of living a dream. Beyond the alluring imageries beamed by television, the city is a cultural hub and is famous for its cuisine. For a delectable life, Paris may still be your best bet.
Price facts: The enormity of expenses in Paris can be understood by looking at this one little fact: to get 450 feet of living space, you will have to pay an eye-popping $1m. And as for getting around in the city, a liter of gas comes at around $2.50.
Glam facts: In Singapore, buildings inspired by Sci-fi architecture loom up from the ground like a glimpse of the future. The setting of decisive modernism in a gardenish landmass-limited in the area though it is-has made Singapore one of the most progressive cities in the world. And with such hotspots as Chinatown and Little India, it’s a rich cultural mix you live within this Asian Island country which the world loves.
Price facts: To put it bluntly, one must be delusional to think that one can rent a property in Singapore for less than $5245. And to celebrate the fact that you actually did find a place to your liking, you will have to pay about $25.o4 for table wine.
The irony of living in the modern world is that a higher expense may not always correlate to a greater sense of accomplishment. Hopefully, these most expensive places to live in the world don’t fall in that category.