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What living abroad will cost you in these 13 cities

Moving to another city is an exciting step. A new culture, new cuisine, new language and a whole new world of opportunities greet you. But how do different cities around the globe compare to one another in terms of cost?

To calculate how much a family with kids would spend during one month abroad, we chose 13 global cities and rounded up local "basic expenses"(food, household goods and clothing) and local "expat extras" such as rent in a two-bedroom furnished apartment, tuition for international school for the children, household help twice a month and a language course.

The result? If you can't afford the hefty price tags of Dubai or Geneva (USD 6,000 cost per month) and are surprised by the high cost of Frankfurt (USD 5,315.26), pack your bags for Bangkok or Buenos Aires!

Read our ranking, from the most expensive city to the most affordable (all figures in US dollars).

1. Geneva

2,099.30Basic expenses
4,227.43Expat extras
6,326.73

Basic costs are the highest of any city on our list, and accommodation is especially expensive (2397.80 per month).

2. Brussels

1,431.18Basic expenses
4,728.04Expat extras
6,159.22

Accommodation is significantly cheaper in the Belgian capital than in Geneva, but school fees (2,356.76 per month) and the cost of language courses (678.43 per month) can add up.

3. Dubai

1,311.10Basic expenses
4,545.89Expat extras
5,856.99

As in Geneva, the biggest expenditure here is for accommodation (2,745.60 per month).

4. Frankfurt

1,172.95Basic expenses
4,142.30Expat extras
5,315.26

Accommodation is more affordable than in all previous cities, but international school fees can reach 1,756.71 a month.

5. Hong Kong

1,451.46Basic expenses
3,854.66Expat extras
5,306.12

Accommodation expenses here exceed those of all other cities on our list (2,867.54).

6. Amsterdam

1,302.73Basic expenses
3,882.89Expat extras
5,185.62

High accommodation costs (1,751.57) and international school fees (1,339.72).

7. Toronto

1,443.17Basic expenses
3,634.12Expat extras
5,077.28

Pricy international school fees (2,036.99).

8. Sydney

1,792.15Basic expenses
2,986.97Expat extras
4,779.12

High basic expenditures (behind only Geneva) and significant accommodation cost (1,957.64).

9. Santiago de Chile

1,232.55Basic expenses
2,728.01Expat extras
3,960.56

Very low accommodation cost (685.78).

10. Bangkok

1,480.25Basic expenses
1,963.26Expat extras
3,443.51

Low accommodation costs (842.41).

11. Buenos Aires

1,125.16Basic expenses
2,105.74Expat extras
3,230.90

Low accommodation (674.10) and basic costs.

12. Jakarta

1,121.16Basic expenses
1,864.62Expat extras
2,985.79

The accommodation carries a 1,167.37 price tag but the international school is very affordable.

13. Mumbai

1,098.38Basic expenses
1,240.07Expat extras
2,338.45

As in Santiago de Chile, accommodation here is very cheap at USD 658.71 and basic costs are even cheaper.

Cost of living as an expat

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Note: The cost of a basket is based on the average consumption of a family with 1-2 children.

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