The Telegraph21 March 2017
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Singapore is the most expensive major city on Earth - and Almaty in Kazakhstan the cheapest - according to an extensive annual study of prices.
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living Survey assessed more than 150 different purchases in 133 cities around the world to determine where budget travellers should go - and where they should avoid.
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The Far East and Western Europe dominate the upper end of the table. Singapore, which has topped the charts for four consecutive years, is followed by Hong Kong, while Zurich and two Japanese cities - Tokyo and Osaka - complete the top five. Seoul, Geneva, Paris and Copenhagen also featured in the top 10.
London fell sharply from sixth last year to 24th, thanks to the tumbling value of sterling since last year’s vote in favour of Brexit.