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Most Expensive Countries

Name the world's most expensive countries, based on the ratio of prices levels to those of the United States.
For the year 2017, based on IMF data. Except for one country which uses the CIA World Factbook
Last updated: September 10, 2018
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Ratio
Country
1.34
Iceland
1.34
Liechtenstein
1.31
Switzerland
1.14
Denmark
1.11
Israel
1.11
Australia
1.08
Vanuatu
Ratio
Country
1.08
Palau
1.08
New Zealand
1.06
Marshall Islands
1.06
Finland
1.04
Norway
1.03
Sweden
1.02
Solomon Islands
Ratio
Country
1.00
United States
0.98
Luxembourg
0.98
Tuvalu
0.97
Bahamas
0.97
Ireland
0.97
Barbados
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level 52
Jun 27, 2016
Dammit Barbados.
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level 45
Jun 27, 2016
The day that it got featured there was also a blog post on it as well haha
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level 73
Jun 27, 2016
Wow that's crazy. Sort of like how Lou Gehrig died of Lou Gehrig's Disease. What are the odds!??
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level 35
Jun 27, 2016
I hate Barbados..... Everything, but Barbados
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level 75
Jun 27, 2016
Barbados hates you too.
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level 18
Jul 2, 2016
I missed israel and barbados
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level 43
Jul 9, 2016
would never have thought of Barbados 19/20
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level 47
Feb 21, 2017
Me too - guessed Antigua, St. Kitts, Bahamas and then gave up on the Caribbean.
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level 1
Jan 20, 2017
What is with Liechtenstein?
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level 21
Apr 11, 2017
No singapore
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level 42
Apr 11, 2017
I was thinking that it would be kind of hard to buy a country when I looked at the title...
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level 34
Oct 3, 2017
I question whether Australia is so much more expensive than NZ, being a kiwi we always hear Australia is cheaper living than NZ?
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level 66
Jan 28, 2018
That's only a furphy to get you to leave.
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level 73
Jan 28, 2018
I paid 3x as much in Norway for a bunk bed in a hostel dormitory room as I was paying in Ukraine for a nice modern condo in a high-rise building adjacent to the beach with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Black Sea and free garage parking. Insanity. And for the cost of the bridge toll going from Malmo to Copenhagen I probably could live for a month in the Philippines if I was willing to give up certain comforts.
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level 66
Jan 28, 2018
Such as?
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level 73
Jun 27, 2018
I just mean if I rented a room or got a modest apartment somewhere. But if I really wanted to live for less than the cost of that bridge toll for a month then I'd have to give up mobile data on my phone, any kind of night out that cost money, girls, eating out and most of the variety in my diet. That, in addition to rent, is what I spend most of my money on when I'm in the Philippines as I am right now. I'd also have to stop rescuing stray kittens off the street and trying to find homes for them- as I typically end up paying for some food and vet bills. Done that 3x in the past month alone.
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level 64
Aug 24, 2018
Insanity. Insanity, that a country which has a low level of income also has low costs. You as a rich traveller come in and are comparatively richer in Ukraine so enjoy a good life amongst the poor but have a less good life in comparison to the Norwegians earning just as much as you. Actually it makes complete sense. The costs are relative to the amount they earn. It is really a non-observation that a person who has the luxury to travel can buy more where others around are poorer. The disparity is greater than you state in fact, as a one bedroom rental may cost $200 in Ukraine and the average wage is $360/m whereas in Norway renting the same space would be $950 and the wage may be around $3000 meaning the rent is 4.5 times higher but the wage is 9 times more. For the Norwegians then that rent is actually comparatively cheap. The problem you have is you are travelling around with your savings trying to buy into someone else's culture.
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level 73
Jun 27, 2018
I don't remember if the rankings have changed significantly or entires have been added or taken away since the last time I took this; but I'm surprised that Germany shows up over some other places like Kuwait, the UAE, and some of those Pacific island nations. But the latter may be excluded due to the population restriction. I'm also surprised that Israel isn't higher in the rankings.
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level 34
Jun 27, 2018
i only missed barbados, wow i consider that a win
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level 37
Jun 27, 2018
Norway is probably on this because of their overpriced gasoline XD
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level ∞
Aug 23, 2018
The United States has gotten a lot more expensive than other countries recently due to the strong dollar.
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level 71
Aug 23, 2018
Huh. Only 58% get the United States, even though the quiz description says "based on the ratio of prices levels to those of the United States" and one of those ratios is 1.00.
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level 73
Aug 24, 2018
I wasn't actually looking at the ratios, and so almost missed it. Realised near the end though.
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level 66
Aug 24, 2018
I was one, I assumed that the US wouldn't be in a quiz that compares the prices in countries against those in ehh the US. I assumed the answer was a country with prices all but identical to the US. Clearly not.
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level 76
Aug 24, 2018
The Pacific islands make no sense here, unless you're considering the price of buying land as part of the deal.
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level 72
Aug 24, 2018
Countries that have to import everything and are very badly connected...makes perfect sense
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level 73
Aug 31, 2018
I agree, but do wonder why Malta isn't on the list. It is much more densely populated than most other micro-nations and so has to import virtually everything - maybe buying in bulk saves money??
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level 72
Sep 9, 2018
Malta has extensive and regular transport links small island nations in the Pacific lack. Makes a huge difference in price.
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level 49
Aug 24, 2018
I'm surprised it was so easy for me to get them all quick. Also, I thought Canada and Monaco will be on the list.
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level ∞
Aug 24, 2018
The IMF doesn't have data for Monaco, but according to the CIA World Factbook they are less expensive then the U.S. I'm not sure why. Obviously, the price of land isn't being taken into account, just the price of goods.
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level ∞
Aug 24, 2018
Canada would have been on the list a few years ago but their currency has fallen hard. Traveling in Canada is great for an American nowadays. It's like the whole country is 20% off.
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level 70
Aug 25, 2018
The markup on those Vatican chasubles has to be outrageous, though!
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level 46
Aug 29, 2018
Something about this data must be wrong, How does Liechtenstein appear but Monaco don't???
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level 20
Sep 16, 2018
forgot ireland and israel