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The 20 most expensive cities on the planet

UBS financial firm recently did a survey of the cities with the highest cost of living.

on a basket of 27 services, including domestic help, visits to hairdressers and restaurants, and TV, phone and internet charges

  • Rent based on prices for normal local households
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    #12 Frankfurt, Germany

    Monthly cost of food: $439

    Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $1,730

    Price of monthly services: $710

    Average local monthly rent: $1,280

    Source: UBS

    • Food costs are based on a basket of  39 food items
    • Wardrobe costs are based on items from large department stores (Women's wardrobe includes 2-piece suit, blazer/jacket/dress, pantyhose, outdoor shoes; Men's wardrobe includes suit, blazer/jacket, shirt, jeans, socks, outdoor shoes)
    • Services costs are based on a basket of 27 services, including domestic help, visits to hairdressers and restaurants, and TV, phone and internet charges
    • Rent based on prices for normal local households

     

    #11 Helsinki, Finland

    Monthly cost of food: $497

    Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $1,810

    Price of monthly services: $840

    Average local monthly rent: $1,440

    Source: UBS

    • Food costs are based on a basket of  39 food items
    • Wardrobe costs are based on items from large department stores (Women's wardrobe includes 2-piece suit, blazer/jacket/dress, pantyhose, outdoor shoes; Men's wardrobe includes suit, blazer/jacket, shirt, jeans, socks, outdoor shoes)
    • Services costs are based on a basket of 27 services, including domestic help, visits to hairdressers and restaurants, and TV, phone and internet charges
    • Rent based on prices for normal local households

     

    #10 London, England

    Monthly cost of food: $436

    Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $1,280

    Price of monthly services: $760

    Average local monthly rent: $1,980

    Source: UBS

    • Food costs are based on a basket of  39 food items
    • Wardrobe costs are based on items from large department stores (Women's wardrobe includes 2-piece suit, blazer/jacket/dress, pantyhose, outdoor shoes; Men's wardrobe includes suit, blazer/jacket, shirt, jeans, socks, outdoor shoes)
    • Services costs are based on a basket of 27 services, including domestic help, visits to hairdressers and restaurants, and TV, phone and internet charges
    • Rent based on prices for normal local households

     

    #9 Caracas, Venezuela

    Monthly cost of food: $689

    Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $1,470

    Price of monthly services: $690

    Average local monthly rent: $2,100

    Source: UBS

    • Food costs are based on a basket of  39 food items
    • Wardrobe costs are based on items from large department stores (Women's wardrobe includes 2-piece suit, blazer/jacket/dress, pantyhose, outdoor shoes; Men's wardrobe includes suit, blazer/jacket, shirt, jeans, socks, outdoor shoes)
    • Services costs are based on a basket of 27 services, including domestic help, visits to hairdressers and restaurants, and TV, phone and internet charges
    • Rent based on prices for normal local households

     

    #8 Stockholm, Sweden

    Monthly cost of food: $553

    Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $2,000

    Price of monthly services: $890

    Average local monthly rent: $1,180

    Source: UBS

    • Food costs are based on a basket of  39 food items
    • Wardrobe costs are based on items from large department stores (Women's wardrobe includes 2-piece suit, blazer/jacket/dress, pantyhose, outdoor shoes; Men's wardrobe includes suit, blazer/jacket, shirt, jeans, socks, outdoor shoes)
    • Services costs are based on a basket of 27 services, including domestic help, visits to hairdressers and restaurants, and TV, phone and internet charges
    • Rent based on prices for normal local households

     

    #7 Luxembourg, Luxembourg

    Monthly cost of food: $525

    Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $2,400

    Price of monthly services: $860

    Average local monthly rent: $1,810

    Source: UBS

    • Food costs are based on a basket of  39 food items
    • Wardrobe costs are based on items from large department stores (Women's wardrobe includes 2-piece suit, blazer/jacket/dress, pantyhose, outdoor shoes; Men's wardrobe includes suit, blazer/jacket, shirt, jeans, socks, outdoor shoes)
    • Services costs are based on a basket of 27 services, including domestic help, visits to hairdressers and restaurants, and TV, phone and internet charges
    • Rent based on prices for normal local households

     

    #6 New York, New York

    Monthly cost of food: $552

    Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $1,550

    Price of monthly services: $1,000

    Average local monthly rent: $3,350

    Source: UBS

    • Food costs are based on a basket of  39 food items
    • Wardrobe costs are based on items from large department stores (Women's wardrobe includes 2-piece suit, blazer/jacket/dress, pantyhose, outdoor shoes; Men's wardrobe includes suit, blazer/jacket, shirt, jeans, socks, outdoor shoes)
    • Services costs are based on a basket of 27 services, including domestic help, visits to hairdressers and restaurants, and TV, phone and internet charges
    • Rent based on prices for normal local households

     

    #5 Copenhagen, Denmark

    Monthly cost of food: $567

    Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $2,100

    Price of monthly services: $950

    Average local monthly rent: $1,100

    Source: UBS

    • Food costs are based on a basket of  39 food items
    • Wardrobe costs are based on items from large department stores (Women's wardrobe includes 2-piece suit, blazer/jacket/dress, pantyhose, outdoor shoes; Men's wardrobe includes suit, blazer/jacket, shirt, jeans, socks, outdoor shoes)
    • Services costs are based on a basket of 27 services, including domestic help, visits to hairdressers and restaurants, and TV, phone and internet charges
    • Rent based on prices for normal local households

     

    #4 Geneva, Switzerland

    Monthly cost of food: $714

    Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $2,000

    Price of monthly services: $1,080

    Average local monthly rent: $1,570

    Source: UBS

    • Food costs are based on a basket of  39 food items
    • Wardrobe costs are based on items from large department stores (Women's wardrobe includes 2-piece suit, blazer/jacket/dress, pantyhose, outdoor shoes; Men's wardrobe includes suit, blazer/jacket, shirt, jeans, socks, outdoor shoes)
    • Services costs are based on a basket of 27 services, including domestic help, visits to hairdressers and restaurants, and TV, phone and internet charges
    • Rent based on prices for normal local households

     

    #3 Tokyo, Japan

    Monthly cost of food: $927

    Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $3,100

    Price of monthly services: $930

    Average local monthly rent: $1,630

    Source: UBS

    • Food costs are based on a basket of  39 food items
    • Wardrobe costs are based on items from large department stores (Women's wardrobe includes 2-piece suit, blazer/jacket/dress, pantyhose, outdoor shoes; Men's wardrobe includes suit, blazer/jacket, shirt, jeans, socks, outdoor shoes)
    • Services costs are based on a basket of 27 services, including domestic help, visits to hairdressers and restaurants, and TV, phone and internet charges
    • Rent based on prices for normal local households

     

    #2 Zurich, Switzerland

    Monthly cost of food: $704

    Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $2,290

    Price of monthly services: $1,120

    Average local monthly rent: $2,550

    Source: UBS

    • Food costs are based on a basket of  39 food items
    • Wardrobe costs are based on items from large department stores (Women's wardrobe includes 2-piece suit, blazer/jacket/dress, pantyhose, outdoor shoes; Men's wardrobe includes suit, blazer/jacket, shirt, jeans, socks, outdoor shoes)
    • Services costs are based on a basket of 27 services, including domestic help, visits to hairdressers and restaurants, and TV, phone and internet charges
    • Rent based on prices for normal local households

     

    #1 Oslo, Norway

    Monthly cost of food: $599

    Cost of a couple's wardrobe: $2,290

    Price of monthly services: $1,270

    Average local monthly rent: $1,970

    Source: UBS

    • Food costs are based on a basket of  39 food items
    • Wardrobe costs are based on items from large department stores (Women's wardrobe includes 2-piece suit, blazer/jacket/dress, pantyhose, outdoor shoes; Men's wardrobe includes suit, blazer/jacket, shirt, jeans, socks, outdoor shoes)
    • Services costs are based on a basket of 27 services, including domestic help, visits to hairdressers and restaurants, and TV, phone and internet charges
    • Rent based on prices for normal local households

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