High costs continue to hit Zurich and Geneva

City of Zurich: still a pricey place to live. Photo: Switzerland Tourism

by Malcolm Curtis|The Local Switzerland|March 4, 2014

Zurich and Geneva remain among the ten most expensive cities in the world, according to the results of a comprehensive study released on Tuesday.

The two Swiss cities often rank among the most costly places to live on the planet and this was confirmed by the results from the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2014 Worldwide Cost of Living Survey.

Zurich ranked fourth on the list, up from seventh the previous year, behind top-ranked Singapore, Paris and Oslo, while Geneva was tied for sixth (up from tenth in 2013) behind Sydney, Australia.

The biannual study found the cities of Tokyo, Melbourne and Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, to be on par with Geneva for expensive living.

The results are based on a comparison of more than 400 different price indicators, from grocery staples to the cost of utilities, in 131 cities.

The high cost of accommodation in Switzerland’s largest cities accounts in large part for their continued high ranking in the list as well as the strong Swiss franc.

Renting a three-bedroom apartment in the centre of Zurich averages £2,200 a month, according to the report.

Buying an apartment in downtown Geneva meanwhile will set you back around $9,400 per square metre, the Economist Intelligence Unit says.

That rivals prices in Singapore where the rise in value of the small republic’s dollar over the past several years is blamed in part for the elevated costs.

To read the complete article, click here.

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About Malcolm Curtis

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