Top 7 Largest Cities (By Population)

Considering the amount of “different” information about this subject, this is probably (so far) the post that took me more time to put together valuable and reliable information. Finally here we can check the Top 7 Largest Cities in the World.

Each of the places in this list can be called “Megacity” which, by definition, is a recognized metropolitan area with a total population in excess of 10 million people. Some definitions also set a minimum level for population density (at least 2,000 persons/square km). A megacity can be a single metropolitan area or two or more metropolitan areas that converge upon one another. All population figures for the world’s largest urban areas are simply estimates. There’s no way to know the exact population of such a large place, but this is one of the most accurate estimate that we found:

7. New York


English name: New York

Country: United States of America

Population: 22 200 000 people

City population: 8 143 197 people (*)

Area: 11 264 sq km

Remarks: Metropolitan population including Newark, Paterson. Considered one of the Top 7 Most Visited Cities in the World; also has one of the Top 7 Most Expensive Hotel Rooms

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(*) According to United Nations

6. Ciudad de México

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English name: Mexico City

Country: Mexico

Population: 22 800 000 people

City population: 18 204 964 people (*)

Area: 2 137 sq km

Remarks: Metropolitan population including Nezahualcóyotl, Ecatepec, Naucalpan

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5. Mumbai

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English name: Bombay

Country: India

Population: 23 300 000 people

City population: 11 914 398 people (*)

Area: 777 sq km

Remarks: Metropolitan population including Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Thane, Ulhasnagar

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4. Delhi

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English name: Delhi

Country: India

Population: 23 900 000 people

City population:  9 817 439 people (*)

Area: 1 425 sq km

Remarks: Metropolitan population including Faridabad, Ghaziabad

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3. Seoul

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English name: Seoul

Country: South Korea

Population: 24 500 000 people

City population: 9 895 217 people (*)

Area: 1 943 sq km

Remarks: Metropolitan population including Bucheon, Goyang, Incheon, Seongnam, Suweon. The city is served by one of the Top 7 Best Airports in 2010

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2. Guangzhou

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English name: Canton

Country: China

Population: 24 900 000 people

City population: 8 524 826 people (*)

Area: 2 590 sq km

Remarks: Northern Pearl River Delta including Dongguan, Foshan, Jiangmen, Zhongshan

Official Website:

1. Tokyo

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English name: Tokio

Country: Japan

Population: 34 200 000 people

City population: 8 489 653 people (*)

Area: 7 835 sq km

Remarks: Metropolitan population including Yokohama, Kawasaki, Saitama. This city is served by one of the Top 7 Busiest Airports in 2010. Also has one of the Top 7 Most Exclusives Neighborhoods in the World and is considered # 1 in our Top 7 Most Expensive Cities in the World in 2010

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Top 7 Most Exclusive Neighborhoods in the World

Lately, we were hearing some news about “La Finca”, the neighborhood where Cristiano Ronaldo, José Mourinho and Carlos Sanz, among others, live in Madrid, considering it one of the more exclusive neighborhoods in Europe, and in the world. This brought my curiosity in investigate more about this topic, to find out that “La Finca” is not one of the most exclusives. Here you can check the Top 7 Neighborhoods in the World:

1. Kensington Palace Gardens

Location: London, England

Average home price: $85 million

Tucked between Kensington High Street and Notting Hill, this half-mile street is London’s crowning jewel of residential excess. Even the richest Londoners secretly seethe at the regal mansions that line the street, since few are actually owned by Brits — Middle Eastern and Swiss tycoons have grabbed first dibs. Strangely, the turnover of many homes is high, signaling that these aren’t really homes, but rather fleeting investments.

What not to miss: House number 18-19, billed at more than $160 million, is London’s single most expensive house.

2. Jupiter Island

Location: Florida, USA

Average home price: $5.6 million

Forty minutes from glitzy Palm Beach lies this little enclave that has been rated by Forbes as the most expensive ZIP code in the United States. Not surprisingly, this community of mansions linked to yacht clubs and golf courses, which flank a 17-mile-long beach, has been the home to some of America’s — and the world’s — richest families. Among its most illustrious denizens are President Truman’s Secretary of Defense Robert A. Lovett, and former President George H.W. Bush.

What not to miss: A boat trip past the Intercoastal Waterway beaches is scenic and relaxing.

3. Belle Haven

Location: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

Average home price: $5 million

Seeking small-town solace, New York’s brokers and mutual funds wizards relocated to this New England refuge with clean streets, lush parks, golf courses, yacht clubs, and an awesome beach. The harbor is dotted with boutiques that buzz with activity in the summer. And only a 50-minute commute away from downtown Manhattan, it’s the perfect getaway for the world’s most stressed businessmen. Belle Haven, the city’s wealthiest neighborhood, has no houses selling for under $3 million.

What not to miss: The Homestead Inn, a luxury inn and restaurant, is known for offering the best dining experience in New England.

4. Pacific Heights

Location: San Francisco, California

Average home price: $4.5 million

With a stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay, Pacific Heights is home to San Francisco’s first families and accomplished artists and businessmen. Tourists to the Bay Area flock in droves to catch glimpses of the ber-refined locals strolling in and out of Fillmore Street’s swank shops and cafes, and returning to their Victorian mansions. In July, Pacific Heights hosts the largest jazz festival (Fillmore Street Jazz Festival) on the West Coast — a must-see.

What not to miss: The steps between Broadway and Lyon, tucked between mansions and the Presidio, offer the classic Pacific Heights experience: a view of the Palace of Fine Arts with the Bay in the background.

5.Victoria Peak

Location: Hong Kong, China

Average home price: $3.5 million

“The Peak,” for those in the know, is the top visitor spot in Hong Kong thanks to its altitude, which offers an unparalleled view of the bustling port city. The neighborhood is dominated by the Peak Tower, a wok-shaped structure housing multiple shops and entertainment venues, such as Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditorium and Madame Tussauds wax museum. A stone’s throw away, you’ll find picturesque nature walks through Victoria Peak Gardens.

What not to miss: A ride on the Peak Tram, where a panoramic view of the city from above attracts six million people a year.

6.Sea Island

Location: Georgia, USA

Average home price: $2.23 million

For generations, its natural beauty has attracted America’s ultra-rich, who habitually rent the island’s vast cottages in the peak seasons. The upscale character of Sea Island is underscored by colorful buildings and luxurious homes designed by Addison Mizner, as well as golf courses known the world over. Nature lovers can stroll through the misty woods, which are as close to enchanted forests as they come. Athletic travelers will enjoy kayaking, boating, fishing, and horseback riding.

What not to miss: Clay shooting at the 70-year-old shooting school.

7.Shibuya Neighborhood

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Average home price: $1.8 million

Shibuya, in west Tokyo, is a newer shopping and entertainment district abuzz with bright lights that attract Japan’s ultra-trendy like moths to a flame. You’ll find Japan’s Olympic stadium and dizzyingly huge department stores, which beckon even the staunchest non-consumer. The NHK studios (Japan’s public television and radio broadcaster) are also a great site, offering tons of attractions for visitors.

What not to miss: The statue of Hachiko, the small dog who faithfully awaited his dead master’s return to the subway station every day for 11 years.

Source: AskMen
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Top 7 Most Visited Cities in the World

Once we talked about the Top 7 Most Expensive Hotel Rooms and the Top 7 Most Spoken Languages, it would be nice to know which are the Top 7 most visited cities in the world by international visitors (according to 2009 official numbers):

1. Paris, France

14.8 million visitors

Paris is the most visited city in the world and is full of great tourist attractions like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe as well as great restaurants and hotels. Paris is a romantic city that draws in enough tourist money that 6.2% of the cities workforce is employed in tourism.

2. London, UK

14.1 million visitors

London is the 2nd most visited city in the world at 14.1 million visitors who come to see such great sites as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. London is also one of the financial capitals of the world which also brings international visitors into the city on business trips which keeps London’s fine restaurants and hotels filled.

3. Singapore, Singapore

9.7 million visitors

Singapore is a world financial center and popular city with tourists. The city of Singapore has actively courted more visitors by legalizing gambling and allowing two casino resorts.

4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

9.11 million visitors

Kuala Lumpur is the 5th most visited city in the world and home to the magnificent Petronas Towers which were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998-2004.

5. Hong Kong, China

8.95 million visitors

When it comes to “East Meets West”, Hong Kong is the city. Vibrant and cosmopolitan, Honk Kong is considered one of the safest large cities in the world and the city with the best public transport in the world.

6. New York City, USA

8.7 million visitors

New York City would rank higher on this list but is a long plane flight for most visitors. You can see where most visitors to New York come from at Where International Visitors to New York city Come From and where most stay at 10 Largest Hotels in New York City.

7. Bangkok, Thailand

8.45 million visitors

Bangkok is the capital and financial capital of Thailand and is the most visited city in Asia at 10.2 million tourists per year. Big tourist attractions in Bangkok include the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun.

Source: Factoidz, Wikipedia, Vacationideas
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Top 7 Most Spoken Languages

Once you decided to learn a new language, it would be useful to know which are the most spoken languages in the world. And if you think that, once you speak English, the next language you could learn should be German or French, think again.

Here we have the Top 7 list of the most spoken languages in the world. It is interesting to notice that some of the sources consulted for this post mention that Portuguese is officially a second language in Venezuela. Despite the efforts of the actual govern of Venezuela to implement Portuguese in the schools and the vast Portuguese immigration in the country, it won’t be accurate to consider this as an official second language of the country.

1. Mandarin

Number of native speakers: 845 million

Approximate number of speakers (including second language speakers): 1052 million

Official language in: People’s Republic of China, Republic of China, Singapore

Surprise, surprise, the most widely spoken language on the planet is based in the most populated country on the planet. but don’t let that lull you into thinking that Mandarin is easy to learn. Speaking Mandarin can be really tough, because each word can be pronounced in four ways (or “tones”), and a beginner will invariably have trouble distinguishing one tone from another. But if over a billion people could do it, so could you. Try saying hello!

To say “hello” in Mandarin, say “Ni hao” (Nee HaOW). (“Hao” is pronounced as one syllable, but the tone requires that you let your voice drop midway, and then raise it again at the end.)

2. Spanish

Number of native speakers: 329 million

Number of speakers (including second language speakers): 417 million

Official language in: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, United States (New Mexico, Puerto Rico), Uruguay, Venezuela

Aside from all of those kids who take it in high school, Spanish is spoken in just about every South American and Central American country, not to mention Spain, Cuba, and the U.S. There is a particular interest in Spanish in the U.S., as many English words are borrowed from the language, including: tornado, bonanza, patio, quesadilla, enchilada, and taco grande supreme.

3. English

Number of native speakers: 328 million

Number of speakers (including second language speakers): 508 million

Official language in: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Dominica, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong (People’s Republic of China), India, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Maritius, Micronesia, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevs, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somolia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe

While English doesn’t have the most speakers, it is the official language of more countries than any other language. Its speakers hail from all around the world, including New Zealand, the U.S., Australia, England, Zimbabwe, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Canada. We’d tell you more about English, but you probably feel pretty comfortable with the language already. Let’s just move on to the most popular language in the world.

4. Arabic

Number of native speakers: 221 million

Number of speakers (including second language speakers): 246 million

Official language in: Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Quatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Western Sahara, Yemen

Arabic, one of the world’s oldest languages, is spoken in the Middle East, with speakers found in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt. Furthermore, because Arabic is the language of the Koran, millions of Moslems in other countries speak Arabic as well. So many people have a working knowledge of Arabic, in fact, that in 1974 it was made the sixth official language of the United Nations.

5. Hindi

Number of native speakers: 182 million

Number of speakers (including second language speakers): 487 million

Official language in: India, Fiji

Hindi is the primary language of India’s crowded population, and it encompasses a huge number of dialects. While many predict that the population of India will soon surpass that of China, the prominence of English in India prevents Hindi from surpassing the most popular language in the world. If you’re interested in learning a little Hindi, there’s a very easy way: rent an Indian movie. The film industry in India is the most prolific in the world, making thousands of action/romance/musicals every year.

6. Bengali

Number of native speakers: 181 million

Number of speakers (including second language speakers): 211 million

Official language in: Bangladesh, India (Tripura, West Bengal)

In Bangladesh, a country of 120+ million people, just about everybody speaks Bengali. And because Bangladesh is virtually surrounded by India (where the population is growing so fast, just breathing the air can get you pregnant), the number of Bengali speakers in the world is much higher than most people would expect.

7. Portuguese

Number of native speakers: 178 million

Number of speakers (including second language speakers): 213 million

Official language in: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Macau (People’s Republic of China), Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé e Príncipe

Think of Portuguese as the little language that could. In the 12th Century, Portugal won its independence from Spain and expanded all over the world with the help of its famous explorers like Vasco da Gama and Prince Henry the Navigator. (Good thing Henry became a navigator . . . could you imagine if a guy named “Prince Henry the Navigator” became a florist?) Because Portugal got in so early on the exploring game, the language established itself all over the world, especially in Brazil (where it’s the national language), Macau, Angola, Venezuela, and Mozambique.

Source: Wikipedia, Infoplease, Vistawide, Listverse

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Top 7 Property Markets

Real estate markets worldwide are stabilizing and showing signs of tentative recovery, according to a recent report from London-based global property consultancy Knight Frank. Unlike during the first quarter of this year, when many countries continued to suffer double-digit declines in average home prices, the second quarter saw upticks in half of the countries tracked by Knight Frank, compared with the previous three months. (Year-over-year prices are still down across the board.) Among the remaining countries, none saw a decline of greater than 10%.

The strongest region was the Nordic countries, where prices rose 5.3% in Norway, 3.9% in Finland, and 3.6% in Sweden. The U.S. also saw a rebound, with a 1.7% quarterly increase in average prices. The worst-hit places? Dubai and Bulgaria, where residential property prices fell 7.5% and 9.7%, respectively.

Which countries around the world saw the greatest price increases? Check the list…

1. Norway

Quarterly Price Change: 5.3% (Change in average price, second quarter 2009 vs. first quarter 2009)

Annual Rank: 11

Annual Price Change: -1.5% (change in average price, second quarter 2009 vs. second quarter 2008)

There has been a sharp slowdown in the number of houses under construction in Norway, with new starts falling to their lowest levels since 2000. Given the country’s tight housing supply, prices have been pushed up. Norway posted a strong quarterly gain in the second quarter of 2009, up 5.3% from the second quarter of 2008, marking the country’s second successive quarterly increase after a 4.1% hike in the first three months of the year. Real estate taxes have also remained relatively low in this oil-rich country.

2. Australia

Quarterly Price Change: 4.2%

Annual Rank: 10

Annual Price Change: -1.4%

Home prices have bounced back in Australia since the start of this year thanks to a commodities boom that has fueled strong demand for exports to Asia. But price growth in Sydney’s residential market remains relatively lackluster, compared with other state capitals. Over the past year, the country’s financial capital has witnessed softening demand in its commercial real estate sector and increased numbers of tenants subleasing space.

3. Israel

Quarterly Price Change: 4.0%

Annual Rank: 1

Annual Price Change: 12.5%

Israel remains the best performer worldwide on an annual basis and is the only country to have recorded double-digit growth over the past year despite the onset of the financial crisis. Housing prices were driven up thanks to a steady stream of foreign investment by wealthy individuals, particularly Americans, who have strong ties to the country and remain keen to invest there.

4. Finland

Quarterly Price Change: 3.9%

Annual Rank: 15

Annual Price Change: -2.9%

Finland is among the other Nordic countries holding up relatively well despite the economic recession, as prices didn’t increase to the same extent as other areas during the property boom. Housing prices in Finland increased in the second quarter of 2009, up 3.9% from the first quarter.

5. Sweden

Quarterly Price Change: 3.6%

Annual Rank: 13

Annual Price Change: -2.0%

There has been a sharp slowdown in the number of houses under construction, keeping housing supply down and prices up. In Sweden, construction started on 45% fewer houses in the first half of 2009 compared to the same period in 2008. The country’s real estate market has been recovering well, as prices didn’t skyrocket out of proportion compared to other European countries during the property boom.

6. Netherlands

Quarterly Price Change: 2.7%

Annual Rank: 24

Annual Price Change: -10.3%

Though the overall office vacancy rate remains high in the Amsterdam market, availability is limited in prime central markets. Vacancy rates in sought-after areas like central Amsterdam and South Axis were below 5% at the end of 2008. The country’s small supply pipeline will likely keep vacancy rates in check and prices firmer.

7. Switzerland

Quarterly Price Change: 2.1%

Annual Rank: 2

Annual Price Change: 6.1%

Switzerland was less harmed by the economic recession than many of its European neighbors. With demand from domestic and international buyers outstripping the country’s relatively constrained housing supply, real estate prices mounted.

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek
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Top 7 Most Expensive Cities in the World in 2010

If you think $43 is too much to pay for lunch, you shouldn’t live in Oslo. According to “ECA International”, a global human resources company, that’s how much an average lunch costs in Norway’s capital. But Oslo is only the second-most expensive city on ECA’s ranking of 399 global locations. And while the price of an average lunch in Tokyo is a comparatively modest $17.86, other costs, such as a $22 movie ticket and an $8.47 kilo of rice, earn it the dubious honor as the world’s most expensive city.

ECA’s ranking is based on a basket of 128 goods that includes food, daily goods, clothing, electronics, and entertainment, but not rent, utilities, and school fees, which are not typically included in a cost-of-living adjustment. ECA researchers and local partners gathered prices in September 2009 and March 2010 for domestic and imported brands that are internationally recognized—such as Kellogg’s cereal or Sapporo beer. While lower-priced goods and services are available in these markets, the study estimated the cost of supporting the standard of living expected by expatriate employees, says Lee Quane, ECA’s regional director for Asia. Some of the cities, such as Seoul and Stockholm, jumped up in the ranking as the local currency strengthened against the U.S. dollar. Quane says that while a slowdown in business may tempt employers to scale back compensation, “recessions only last so long” and retaining top talent in these places is critical to companies’ success when the global economy recovers.

1. Tokyo, Japan

Rank in 2009: 2

FOOD: Lunch at a restaurant: $18

Can of beer from grocer: $3.37

One kg of rice: $8.47

One dozen eggs: $3.78

ENTERTAINMENT: Movie ticket: $22

APPLIANCES: Washing machine: $879

The strength of the yen has brought Tokyo back to the No. 1 spot on ECA International’s ranking for the first time since 2005. In addition to the costs above, rent for a two-bedroom apartment for expats is typically more than $5,000 per month in Tokyo, according to data from EuroCost International. While visitors need more pocket money here than in any other city, the monthly consumer price index in Tokyo’s wards has actually dropped year-on-year for 14 straight months as of May 2010, based on figures from Japan’s statistics bureau.

2. Oslo, Norway

Rank in 2009: 8

FOOD: Lunch at a restaurant: $43

Can of beer from grocer: $4.71

One kg of rice: $5.66

One dozen eggs: $6.72

ENTERTAINMENT: Movie ticket: $16

APPLIANCES: Washing machine: $880

Oslo rose above Copenhagen as the most expensive city in Europe when the kroner strengthened against other currencies. ECA International says an upward trend in oil prices, a short recession, and Norway’s reputation as a safe haven for investors contributed to the kroner’s rise.

3. Luanda, Angola

Rank in 2009: 1

FOOD: Lunch at a restaurant: $47

Can of beer from grocer: $1.62

One kg of rice: $4.73

One dozen eggs: $4.75

ENTERTAINMENT: Movie ticket: $13

APPLIANCES: Washing machine: $912

Angola’s capital slipped to third place this year as the kwanza depreciated. Prices in Luanda have actually increased in the past year, but currency changes offset any inflation, according to ECA International. In addition to everyday goods, EuroCost International estimates that the average expat pays more than $3,500 per month for a two-bedroom flat in Luanda.

4. Nagoya, Japan

Rank in 2009: 3

FOOD: Lunch at a restaurant: $19

Can of beer from grocer: $3.08

One kg of rice: $9.14

One dozen eggs: $3.33

ENTERTAINMENT: Movie ticket: $20

APPLIANCES: Washing machine: $621

Japan’s fourth most populous city, Nagoya is also among the country’s most expensive. The city ranks No. 1 for the cost of rice: $9.14 per kilogram, according to ECA International data. As Japan’s auto hub, the Nagoya area is an important center of business: about 44 percent of automobiles produced in Japan are made here, according to the Greater Nagoya Initiative Center. Such companies as Toyota, Honda, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, and General Motors have headquarters, manufacturing operations, or distribution points in the Nagoya

5. Yokohama, Japan

Rank in 2009: 4

FOOD: Lunch at a restaurant: $17.39

Can of beer from grocer: $3.26

One kg of rice: $6.54

One dozen eggs: $3.72

ENTERTAINMENT: Movie ticket: $19.50

APPLIANCES: Washing machine: $630

About half an hour by commuter train from Tokyo, this port city has active shipping, biotechnology, and semiconductor industries. Yokohama is one of the world’s most expensive cities, but companies here enjoy lower operating costs compared with the nearby capital. Nissan opened a new headquarters in Yokohama this year and reportedly will sell its office in Tokyo to cut costs.

6. Stavanger, Norway

Rank in 2009: 14

FOOD: Lunch at a restaurant: $33

Can of beer from grocer: $4.76

One kg of rice: $5.71

One dozen eggs: $6.34

ENTERTAINMENT: Movie ticket: $15.50

APPLIANCES: Washing machine: $749

This small seaside city earned its riches from oil in the North Sea and has become known as Norway’s petroleum capital. says food expenses in Norway are about 50 percent higher than the EU average: A can of soda is about $2.80, and a beer at a bar can be $12.

7. Kobe, Japan

Rank in 2009: 6

FOOD: Lunch at a restaurant: $16

Can of beer from grocer: $3.09

One kg of rice: $8.57

One dozen eggs: $2.81

ENTERTAINMENT: Movie ticket: $20

APPLIANCES: Washing machine: $470

The city has one of Japan’s largest ports and has become home to many heavy machinery, iron and steel, and food product companies. According to the Japan External Trade Organization, 117 foreign and foreign-affiliated companies have offices in Kobe. As the price of Kobe beef, the style of high-grade meat named after the city, suggests, food is costly here, as are other living expenses.

Source: ECA International
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