Top 10 most expensive countries

In this article, we’ll look at the world’s top 10 most expensive countries, based on data from, and

1. Monaco

Often referred to as the “billionaires’ playground”, home to one of the most iconic F1 tracks, Monaco boasts luxurious boutiques, exquisite cuisine, and a vibrant cultural scene. However, all this comes at a cost – the average wage needed to cover expenses for one person in Monaco sits at $5,621/£4,417 and for a family of four it comes to $11,019/£8,658.90 – these figures are 5.51 times more expensive than the world average.

2. Singapore

Singapore, a stunning blend of modernity and tradition, diverse culture and one of the largest financial centres in the world. The cost of living will set back an individual $3,285/£2,581 or $7,461/£5,862 for a family of four. This is 3.22 times more expensive than the world average.

3. Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are a well-known tax haven, with zero corporate tax and favourable tax and privacy laws. It is the 3rd most expensive country in the world, with food for one costing around $775/£609 monthly, rent and utilities costing $2,187/£1,718 and the total cost of living is $3,208/£2,520

4. Switzerland

Considered the banking capital of the world as well as a tax haven, Switzerland offers an average salary of $6,250/£4,911 which is enough to cover living expenses of $2,809/£2,207 for 2.2 months. This is 2.75 times more expensive than the world average.

5. USA

Known as the land of opportunity, it is important to remember the cost of living in the United States of America can vary from state to state. In major cities like New York or San Francisco, the cost of living can be significantly higher than the national average, impacting housing affordability and daily expenses.

6. Iceland

Nestled in the North Atlantic, Iceland offers a unique living experience amidst stunning natural landscapes. The cost of living reflects the country’s high standard and quality of living, with it being ranked the safest country in the world. The cost of living sits around $2,384/£1,873 for one person and $5,111/£4,016 for a family of four.

7. Ireland

Ireland, with its enchanting countryside and lively urban centres, finds itself in 7th in this list. The expenses for one person in Ireland come to $2,337/£1,836 and $5,129/£4,030 for a family of four. This is 2.29 times more expensive than the world average. 

8. Australia

The average monthly cost in Australia amounts to around $2,257/1,773 for one person and $5,243/£4,120 for a family of four, 2.21 times more expensive than the world average. After taxes, the average wage comes to $3,499/£2,749enough to cover living expenses for 1.6 months.

9. Bahamas

The Bahamas, known for its breathtaking coral reefs and vibrant island culture, ranks 9th on this list. The average monthly cost amounts to approximately $2,229/£1,806 for an individual and $5,890/£4,628 for a family of four, 2.18 more expensive than the world average. 

10. Liechtenstein

One of the world’s smallest countries offering Alpine scenery and unique medieval castles, Liechtenstein has a relatively high cost of living. Monthly expenses hover around $2,198/£1,727 for an individual, and $5,071/£3,984 for a family, 2.15 times more expensive than the world average.


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