A new survey has ranked Nairobi among the top 100 most expensive cities in the world for expatriates.

In other words, if you have been complaining of the high cost of living in the Green City Under the Sun, you are justified to think so.

The 2020 survey by Mercer has placed Kenya’s capital city at at 95th position compared to last year’s stand at 97.

In Africa, Kenya is 15th behind Sychelles, Chad, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Cote de Ivoire, Congo, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Djibouti, Ghana and Senegal.

The Merger used statistics of 209 cities distributed throughout five continents.

They measured the costs of more than 200 particulars in each of the cities then compared the results against the US Dollar

Such indicators included fluctuation rates of currencies, inflation and the average cost of accommodation and facilities.

Other items that were sampled out were the cost of food, domestic supplies, clothing, personal care items, alcohol and tobacco, transportation, recreational facilities and entertainment.

The survey is designed to help governments determine ways to appropriately  compensate their diplomats and expatriates.

Hong Kong was listed as the most expensive city followed by Ashgabat and Turkmenistan.

Tokyo and Zurich remain in the third and fourth positions respectively while Singapore is fifth.

New York came sixth compared to last year’s ninth space.

 

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