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These are not the most expensive cities… unless you are a certain kind of expat

Lists of the world’s priciest urban centres assume you’re a tennis-playing, vermouth-drinking expat paid in US$ with a maid and a car

One of the reasons Singapore features so highly each year on the list of most expensive cities is because it’s so costly to own a vehicle in the city-state. PHOTO: ST FILE
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TOKYO - How much do you pay for six tennis balls or vermouth?

Twice a year, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) publishes its Worldwide Cost of Living Survey. Asian cities typically feature high in the rankings, with Singapore tied with New York for the most expensive in 2022.

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