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Results based on: Cost estimates

Turkmenistan remains the most expensive country in the world for expats but inflation is finally slowing.

Europe now accounts for less than a fifth of the world's top 100 most expensive cities due to the weakened euro.

Singapore has moved up the ranks to become the 12th most expensive location in the world for expatriates, up from 20th place last year.

Hong Kong is now the fourth most expensive location in the world for expatriates, climbing from 11th last year.

Iran's CPI tops 50%, but there could be some signs of hope for the Argentinian economy.

Outside pressures force Argentina to adopt conflicting policies in the fight against inflation.

It is no secret that free, crowdsourced cost of living information exists online but there are many reasons why free-to-access data should be used with caution.

One of the major challenges in managing the costs of a global mobility programme is collating the information involved. Using cost estimates can provide insight into the total costs of a programme and help better manage the assignees involved.

In countries where inflation is particularly high, ECA undertakes interim cost of living surveys so that companies can protect their assignees’ spending power.

This free report looks at some of the hundreds of cost of living indices published by ECA, how they are calculated and applied and the factors that cause them to change.