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Most Expensive Capital Cities

Name the world's most expensive cities that are national capitals.
According to Expatistan as of January, 2018
The "reference city" of Prague has a price index of 100
Last updated: January 18, 2018
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Price Index
City
240
Reykjavik
224
Oslo
222
London
220
Luanda
218
Washington D.C.
214
Bern
201
Dublin
193
Paris
192
Singapore
191
Copenhagen
Price Index
City
185
Wellington
185
Amsterdam
181
Doha
180
Luxembourg
180
Stockholm
178
Canberra
175
Tokyo
175
Helsinki
169
Jerusalem
159
Abu Dhabi
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level 66
Jan 18, 2018
If anybody is wondering about Luanda, I looked it up when the issue came up in a different recent quiz, and I'll re-post my general findings here:

There is lots of oil money in Angola so oil companies are sending Western expats to Luanda to get a piece of the pie. As a result, there is a demand for Western items in Luanda, but there is also a high security cost for importing goods. In essence, quick "forced" Westernization of an otherwise populous but African city is resulting in expensive living conditions.
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level 61
Jan 18, 2018
Thank you for the explanation, it really surprised me to see it on the quiz!
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level 68
Jan 18, 2018
What about domestically produced items in Luanda? Are they expensive too?
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level 75
Feb 21, 2018
I remembered seeing it at the top of an article on this subject a couple years back.
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level 75
Jan 18, 2018
I would have guessed that affordable housing is hard to find in Vatican City.
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level 75
Jan 18, 2018
I think it's impossible. Prices are based on supply and demand. If there's no supply, the price index for the Vatican is the same as the price of a unicorn or a yeti. Mathematically, I think it's a Divide by Zero error that reboots the universe.
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level 51
Apr 30, 2018
Good one!
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level 72
Jan 18, 2018
How is Monaco not on this list?
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level 33
Apr 30, 2018
Or Vaduz? Last time I checked, it is crazy expensive over there, just as expensive as Switzerland, or maybe even a bit more.
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level 64
Apr 30, 2018
According to the source, Monaco is at 162, which would be right at the edge of this list. It also gives the caveat that it is based on just a few data points and might not be accurate. Same with Vaduz, which was at 154.
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level 60
Jul 17, 2018
I get why Monaco is missing here because the source has a list with a ranking where Monaco is missing. I'm sure the list is the base of this quiz. What I don't get is why Monaco is missing on that said list. There's data about Monaco on the site and I can even let it compare cities which tells me that #1 on this list is 13% cheaper than Monaco.
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level 76
Jan 19, 2018
Not to get political but is Jet Punk recognizing Jerusalem instead of Tel Aviv? Has it always been that way?
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level 51
Jan 19, 2018
The State Department's website lists Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Sadly, I don't think you can discuss Israel without some element of controversial politics.
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level 66
Jan 19, 2018
I don't think anyone seriously thinks that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel even though most of the embassies are concentrated there instead of de facto & de jure capital Jerusalem due to the delicate political situation.
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level 55
Jan 19, 2018
I think most educated people consider Tel Aviv the capital of Israel and not Jerusalem.
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level 65
Jan 21, 2018
The seat of Israel's government is in Jerusalem, and Israel claims Jerusalem to be its capital. Tel Aviv is Israel's most populous metropolitan area and is the financial hub of the country, much like New York is to the United States. The US and the majority of the UN have not traditionally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital city as a concession to the Palestinians and to Israel's other Arab neighbors, and rather or not the US should have maintained that status quo is outside of the scope of the argument I am making. The Knesset, the prime minister, the Supreme Court and the High Court of Justice are all located in Jerusalem along with the overwhelming majority of the offices for various ministries, much like Washington, D.C. is the central location of the US government. It seems clear that an educated person sould be able to identify Jerusalem as the only city in Israel that fits the description of a capital city.
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level 67
Feb 1, 2018
A sovereign nation is entitled to name any city within its territory as its capital. The nation of Israel has named Jerusalem as its capital and therefore even un-educated and biased people with their own agendas must realise that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
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level 75
Feb 21, 2018
I think Napoleon is confusing the term educated with willfully ignorant.
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level 72
Jan 19, 2018
The capital is where each country says it is. No matter how much you dislike it, I don't see how other countries can decide which city is the capital in another country. You can only consider Israel to be without capital city if you don't reocgnize Jerusalem.
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level 65
Jan 21, 2018
Gerbolistico: that's comparing apples to oranges, but I think you already know that.
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level 62
Jan 23, 2018
I second this. Tel Aviv is not the capital of Israel. At least no country including Israel itself is claiming this, to my knowledge. Jerusalem is the proclaimed captial of two countries. Like Rome is the capital of two countries. IMHO, the bigger problem in Trump's declaration is that he does not consider Jerusalem to be ALSO the capital of Palestine. Just imagine Trump has said: "USA will move two embassies to Jerusalem, one for Israel and one for Palestine."
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level 67
Feb 1, 2018
'TheLastFish' can you show where your source for your statement that President Trump has stated that he does not consider Jerusalem to be ALSO the capital of Palestine. Or are you just putting words into President Trumps mouth to try and make your biased point.
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level 75
Feb 21, 2018
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. But the reason many countries don't recognize this is because they don't recognize Israeli control of Jerusalem. Not that they are right to do so... but it would be like the USA claiming that Paris was its capital.

and Trump is an idiot who doesn't understand the implications or ramifications of anything he does or says. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, sure. But there are reasons why the US keeps its embassy in Tel Aviv. Trump is too stupid to grasp those reasons, though.
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level 70
Jan 21, 2018
I know that Jerusalem / Tel Aviv has always been a whole controversial *thing*, but it would really bother me if JetPunk had previously accepted Tel Aviv (I personally cannot remember if it did or not), but has now changed it to Jerusalem just because Trump declared it so on Twitter or whatever. I think taking any of those pronouncements until truly *done* is almost always premature, as many of Trump's other off-the-cuff policy declarations do not come true due to court blockage (e.g. Muslim immigration, trans people in the military), him changing his mind (or having it changed for him by advisors), etc.
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level 75
Jan 27, 2018
As long as I've been on here, I'm pretty sure Jetpunk has always maintained Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It certainly predates any pronouncement Trump made on the subject by a long way.
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level 75
Feb 21, 2018
comjag is right. Jerusalem has always been accepted as the capital of Israel on JetPunk.
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level 67
Jan 29, 2018
18 out of 20, including Luanda, but i managed to forget Paris. Face palm. Also surprised not to see Monaco on the list.
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level 75
Apr 30, 2018
Face palm me, too, while you're at it. I was sure Australia would be on the list, but thought I was wrong when Sydney wasn't accepted. My brain must be on mute this morning.
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level 34
Feb 21, 2018
dafuq? no brussels?
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level 71
Apr 30, 2018
I was surprised not to see Vienna
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level 70
Apr 30, 2018
The government of of Vienna has built many apartment houses during the last 100 years and rents them out at low cost to citizens, thus generally reducing the prices of real estate and, indirectly, of most other goods.
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level 57
Apr 30, 2018
Theoretically yes, but in reality apartments are quite expensive in Vienna
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level 53
Apr 30, 2018
How does 'most expensive' work?
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level 75
Apr 30, 2018
"To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague."

This cost of living index includes data points on the cost of food, housing, clothing, transportation, personal care and entertainment. It uses real dollars and not PPP, to be more relevant to the people who would consult the list.
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level 43
Apr 30, 2018
Got it all except Luanda. Expected Monaco or one of the Gulf countries' capitals (ie: Abu Dhabi, Doha...) to be in the list instead...
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level 70
Apr 30, 2018
Abu Dhabi (159) and Doha (181) ARE on the list and have been there all day!
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level 64
Apr 30, 2018
he got them all except for luanda and he still complains that there weren't any gulf countries looooool
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level 75
May 3, 2018
que fumas esse?

Some might be surprised but Saudi Arabia is one of the lowest cost-of-living countries in the world. In addition to the high salaries, zero tax, and illegality of dating, this is part of why it's among the best places in the world to work and save money. Kuwait, Qatar, and the UAE (particularly Dubai) are all much more expensive comparatively.
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level 57
Apr 30, 2018
Jeruzalem is with an s. That's why it didn't work. :-(