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Zurich - World's Most Expensive City

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Switzerland is expensive. Life in Switzerland is expensive. If you've only thought it a rumor that living expenses in Switzerland are horrendous you are now officially proven wrong! After several years of absence Zurich has reclaimed the throne of world's most expensive city!

Zurich #1 of Most Expensive Cities

In 2012, The Economist published a survey that placed Zurich number one on the list of the most expensive cities. Even in front of Paris, London, New York and Tokyo! In Zurich or Geneva you buy a cup of coffee for 5 Swiss Francs. This equals more or less 5 USD, depending on the exchange rate. In other cities of the world people don't spend more than a dollar or two for their daily caffein intake! We Swiss still like to drink a lot of coffee though!

How Zurich makes up for high cost of living

That is just one side of the medal. True, Switzerland is more expensive than many other countries but salaries are generally also much higher. Also, the quality of life in Switzerland is also very high in all of its cities.

Mercer has researched the quality of living in 221 cities from all over the world. And the result? In 2019, three Swiss cities rank in the top 10 of the worlds cities with the highest quality of living:
  1. Vienna (Austria)
  2. Zurich (Switzerland)
  3. Vancouver (Canada)
  4. Munich (Germany)
  5. Auckland (New Zealand)
  6. Düsseldorf (Germany)
  7. Frankfurt (Germany)
  8. Copenhagen (Denmark)
  9. Geneva (Switzerland)
  10. Bern (Switzerland)
According to Mercer, Berne, Zurich and Geneva also rank in the top 10 of the world's cities with the highest personal safety! It is no surprise then, that Switzerland is also considered one of world's safest travel destinations!



  1. You can see the spanish translation of the entry at :). I found it very interesting! I'll think it twice before going to Switzerland!

  2. You have an interesting blog! Thanks for sharing!


  3. Interesting! Having just lived in Copenhagen for two years, I am really really surprised it's at no.10 and! Thanks for joining us over at Loveallblogs this week!


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