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These are the most expensive cities to live in around the world

Zurich is the most expensive city in the world. Image: Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann

Emma Charlton

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Zurich and Paris have overtaken Singapore and Osaka as the world’s most expensive cities. Image: Economist Intelligence Unit
Recreation up; clothing down
Shifting demand. Image: Economist Intelligence Unit

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Biggest movers up the rankings in the last 12 months
Tehran was the biggest mover up the rankings in US dollar terms. Image: Economist Intelligence Unit
Biggest movers down the rankings in the last 12 months
Reykjavik dropped down the rankings as inflation slowed and tourism fell. Image: Economist Intelligence Unit
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