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The Economist list Lagos among 10 cheapest cities

By News desk

Inspite of the high cost of goods in Lagos, the Economist Intelligence Unit has listed the city among the 10 cheapest cities globally.

Caracas (Venezuela) occupies the first position, followed by Damascus (Syria), Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Bangalore (India) in second, third, fourth and fifth position respectively.

Karachi (Pakistan) and Lagos (Nigeria) occupy the sixth position while Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Chennai (India) share the seventh position. New Delhi (India) is the eighth on the list.

The survey, which compares the cost of 160 items, such as food, drink, transport, utility bills, and rent, in 133 cities, also listed Paris (France), Hong Kong and Singapore at the top of world’s most expensive cities.

They are followed by Zurich (Switzerland) fourth; Geneva (Switzerland) and Osaka (Japan) fifth; Seoul (South Korea), Copenhagen (Denmark) and New York (US) occupy the seventh position while Tel Aviv (Israel) and Los Angeles (US) share the 10th position.

The annual index was designed to help companies calculate cost-of-living expenses for expatriates and business travellers.

The Economist Intelligence Unit noted that costs in the cheapest cities were low by Western standards, partly because low wages limiting household spending are the norm there.

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