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These Are the 50 Costliest Places for Expats to Live and Work

Hong Kong and Switzerland dominate the top five.

Visitors sit on a bench along the promenade at Victoria Harbour in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong.

Visitors sit on a bench along the promenade at Victoria Harbour in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong.

Photographer: Chan Long Hei/Bloomberg

Hong Kong is the world’s most expensive place for employees sent abroad to work, according to a new study comparing the prices of 200 goods and products in more than 400 cities.

Switzerland was hot on Hong Kong’s heels, with four cities — Zurich, Geneva, Basel and Bern — ranking second to fifth place respectively in Mercer’s Cost of Living Survey 2022.