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Ranked: Africa’s ten most expensive cities

A number of African cities feature in this year’s rankings of the most expensive places for expatriates.

N'Djamena in Chad is the world's third most expensive city for expatriates.

N'Djamena in Chad is the world's third most expensive city for expatriates.

According to Mercer’s 2011 Cost of Living Survey, Luanda is the world’s most expensive city for expatriates, followed by N’Djamena in third place. Libreville (12) has slipped five places from the 2010 rankings. Niamey remains at 23 whereas Victoria (25) in the Seychelles dropped 12 places as the Seychelles rupee has weakened against the US dollar. In South Africa, Johannesburg (131) and Cape Town (158) have leapt 20 and 13 places in the ranking respectively, reflecting the strengthening of the South African rand. The least expensive cities in the region are Tunis (207) and Addis Ababa (211).

“Finding good and secure accommodation for expatriate employees is a real challenge in most of the African cities on the list and costs can be significant compared to other regions. Accommodation prices are currently at record levels in cities like Luanda and this is generally the main reason why we find so many African cities high up in the ranking,” commented Nathalie Constantin-Metral, a senior researcher at Mercer.

The top 10 most expensive African cities are listed below:

1. Luanda, Angola
2011 overall ranking: 1
2010 overall ranking: 1

2. N’Djamena, Chad
2011 overall ranking: 3
2010 overall ranking: 3

3. Libreville, Gabon
2011 overall ranking: 12
2010 overall ranking: 7

4. Niamey, Niger
2011 overall ranking: 23
2010 overall ranking: 23

5. Victoria, Seychelles
2011 overall ranking: 25
2010 overall ranking: 13

6. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
2011 overall ranking: 28
2010 overall ranking: 67

7. Djibouti, Djibouti
2011 overall ranking: 39
2010 overall ranking: 62

8. Lagos, Nigeria
2011 overall ranking: 41
2010 overall ranking: 62

9. Dakar, Senegal
2011 overall ranking: 44
2010 overall ranking: 32

10. Khartoum, Sudan
2011 overall ranking: 44
2010 overall ranking: 141


  • AKOS

    WONDER WHY ITS MOSTLY FRANCOPHONES

  • aimable sibomana

    Dear all,
    How is ranking of kigali,which cheap one in the world.

  • Arsène du Gabon

    I find that it is not shiny to see that countries it developpement are at the top of picture of inflation. We should us Africans annoyed, with rates of poverty insuportables, we are all the same dear. It shows clearly l failure of our government to stabilize inflation

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