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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

Bucharest gets even cheaper for expats: down 9 places in Mercer ranking

Bucharest has become even cheaper for expats, according to the Cost of Living Survey 2017 by Mercer.

The Romanian capital ranks 181st in this year’s ranking, down nine places from the 172nd place in 2016. The study listed a total of 209 countries.

Although it found Asian and European cities to be the most expensive cities for expatriates, Angola’s capital Luanda ranked first in the top, being the costliest city, mainly due to the high cost of goods and security.

Hong Kong ranked second in the 2017 ranking, after it was at the top of the list in 2016. Next in the ranking are Tokyo, Zurich, Singapore, Seoul, Geneva, Shanghai, New York City, and Bern.

On the other hand, the world’s least expensive cities for expatriates, according to Mercer’s survey, are Tunis (209), Bishkek (208), and Skopje (206).

In Europe, Zurich (4) remained the most costly city on the list, followed by Geneva (7), and Bern (10). Moscow (14) and St. Petersburg (36) climbed 53 and 116 places from last year respectively, due to the strong appreciation of the ruble against the US dollar and the cost of goods and services, according to Mercer.

Meanwhile, London (30), Aberdeen (146) and Birmingham (147) dropped thirteen, sixty-one and fifty-one spots respectively as a result of the pound weakening against the US dollar following the Brexit vote.

Moreover, as a result of local currencies depreciating against the US dollar, some cities in Eastern and Central Europe, including Prague (132) and Budapest (176) also fell in the ranking.

Irina Marica, [email protected]

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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

Bucharest gets even cheaper for expats: down 9 places in Mercer ranking

Bucharest has become even cheaper for expats, according to the Cost of Living Survey 2017 by Mercer.

The Romanian capital ranks 181st in this year’s ranking, down nine places from the 172nd place in 2016. The study listed a total of 209 countries.

Although it found Asian and European cities to be the most expensive cities for expatriates, Angola’s capital Luanda ranked first in the top, being the costliest city, mainly due to the high cost of goods and security.

Hong Kong ranked second in the 2017 ranking, after it was at the top of the list in 2016. Next in the ranking are Tokyo, Zurich, Singapore, Seoul, Geneva, Shanghai, New York City, and Bern.

On the other hand, the world’s least expensive cities for expatriates, according to Mercer’s survey, are Tunis (209), Bishkek (208), and Skopje (206).

In Europe, Zurich (4) remained the most costly city on the list, followed by Geneva (7), and Bern (10). Moscow (14) and St. Petersburg (36) climbed 53 and 116 places from last year respectively, due to the strong appreciation of the ruble against the US dollar and the cost of goods and services, according to Mercer.

Meanwhile, London (30), Aberdeen (146) and Birmingham (147) dropped thirteen, sixty-one and fifty-one spots respectively as a result of the pound weakening against the US dollar following the Brexit vote.

Moreover, as a result of local currencies depreciating against the US dollar, some cities in Eastern and Central Europe, including Prague (132) and Budapest (176) also fell in the ranking.

Irina Marica, [email protected]

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