Perhaps coming as no surprise, countries in Europe and Asia make up the top 10 most expensive places in the world to live in 2020. So, if you’re planning to make a grand international move, you’d better take note of this new study.

Switzerland, Norway and Iceland top the list with the highest cost of living indexes, according to new data collated by CEOWorld.

The data was collected from a number of studies analysing five major metrics including cost of living, rent, groceries, eating out and power costs.

Using New York City as the benchmark due to its costly reputation, nations scoring higher than 100 means the country is more expensive than the renowned city.

France, Australia, the US, the UK and the UAE came in respectively as the 14th, 16th, 20th, 27th and 32nd most expensive countries to live in this year.

While Switzerland topped the list as the most expensive place to live, it also has the most expensive restaurant prices, grocery prices and power prices.

By comparison, Pakistan came in as the most affordable country to live in with a cost of living index rank of 21.98.

Top 10 most expensive countries to live in 2020

  1. Switzerland
  2. score 122.4

    The nation’s picturesque mountains, quaint villages and striking ski resorts come at a cost with Switzerland taking out the most expensive country to live in the world.

    world’s most expensive countries to live 2020
    Switzerland

  3. Norway
  4. score 101.43

    The Scandinavian nation renowned for its beautiful mountains and glaciers is one of Europe’s most costly countries.

    world’s most expensive countries to live 2020
    Norway. Image: Dconvertini.

  5. Iceland
  6. score 100.48

    Following closely behind its Nordic neighbour, the breathtaking country is ranked the third most expensive place to live in the world.

    world’s most expensive countries to live 2020
    Iceland.

  7. Japan
  8. score 83.35

    Home to the 2020 Olympics, Japan comes in as the most expensive nation in Asia to live in.

    world’s most expensive countries to live 2020
    Japan. Image: Giuseppe Milo.

  9. Denmark
  10. score 83

    The Scandinavian country boasting medieval cobblestoned streets and half-timbered houses is a quaint destination worth every penny.

    world’s most expensive countries to live 2020
    Denmark.

  11. Bahamas
  12. score 82.51

    Famed for its crystal-clear water, pearl-white sandy shores and swimming pigs, the Bahamas is not a country for those on a tight budget.

    world’s most expensive countries to live 2020
    Bahamas.

  13. Luxembourg
  14. score 81.89

    As one of the richest countries in the world, it comes as little surprise the landlocked European country is the seventh most expensive place in the world to live.

    world’s most expensive countries to live 2020
    Luxembourg.

  15. Israel
  16. score 81.15

    Dubbed as being one of the trending travel destinations for 2020, Israel is also the most expensive country in the Middle East to live.

    world’s most expensive countries to live 2020
    Israel. Image: Karina Paciornik.

  17. Singapore
  18. score 81.1

    Home to the iconic Gardens by the Bay, Singapore comes in as the second most expensive Asian country to live in.

    world’s most expensive countries to live 2020
    Singapore.

  19. South Korea
  20. score 78.18

    If living in the tech-savvy East Asian nation surrounded by cherry trees, scenic fishing villages and centuries-old Buddhist temples is your dream, it won’t come cheap.

    world’s most expensive countries to live 2020
    South Korea.

    10 most affordable countries to live in 2020

    • Pakistan
    • score 21.98

    • Afghanistan
    • score 24.24

    • India
    • score 24.58

    • Syria
    • score 25.31

    • Uzbekistan
    • score 26.01

    • Kyrgyzstan
    • score 26.97

    • Tunisia
    • score 27.04

    • Venezuela
    • score 27.17

    • Kosovo
    • score 28.47

    • Georgia
    • score 28.48

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