3 African cities on the list of the top 10 most expensive cities for expats

According to Mercer’s 21st annual Cost of Living Survey,  the 3 most expensive African Cities for expats to live in are :

  • Luanda, Angola (2nd overall 2016,  1st Overall in 2015)
  • Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (6th overall 2016, 13th overall 2015)
  • N'Djamena, Chad (9th overall 2016, 10th overall 2015))

Mercer's widely recognized survey is one of the world’s most comprehensive, and is designed to help multinational companies and governments determine compensation strategies for their expatriate employees. 

New York City is used as the base city for all comparisons and currency movements are measured against the US dollar

The survey includes over 375 cities throughout the world; this year’s ranking includes 209 cities across five continents and measures the comparative cost of more than 200 items in each location, including housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods, and entertainment.

There was a notable increase in the cost of living in Kinshasa (DRC) in 2016, from 13th place to 6th place, and Luanda (Angola) dropped from number 1 in 2015 to number 2 in 2016 due to the weakening of it’s local currency.

Johannesburg (South Africa) and Cape Town (South Africa) are comparatively cheap and only feature at 205th and 208th respectively, with Windhoek (Namibia) the least expensive at 209th (out of 209 cities featured)

Here are the top 5 most costly African Cities to live in for expats.

  • Luanda, Angola (2nd)
  • Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (6th)
  • N'Djamena, Chad (9th)
  • Lagos, Nigera (13th)
  • Abuja, Nigeria (20th)

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