Dublin is now the most expensive city in the eurozone for expats

The Irish capital has overtaken Paris as a result of rising costs for rental accommodation.

By Sarah Harford

DUBLIN HAS BEEN ranked as the most expensive city in the eurozone in terms of the cost of living for expatriate workers.

According to an annual global survey from human resources consultancy Mercer, the capital has moved up 34 places from last year, rising from 66th position to 32nd overall.

It has overtaken Paris, which was the most expensive eurozone city in last year’s survey, and also ranks higher than Milan, Vienna, Rome and Amsterdam.

Out of 375 cities across the world, Hong Kong was named as the most expensive city for employees working abroad, followed by Tokyo, Zurich, Singapore and Seoul.

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Cost pressures

According to Mercer, factors such as housing markets, inflation and fluctuating prices for goods and services are impacting the cost of doing business in cities around the world.

Noel O’Connor, senior consultant at Mercer, noted that every city in the eurozone has risen in the rankings due to the relative strength of the euro against the US dollar, but Dublin has come out on top because of rising rents.

“The survey identifies cost pressures on expatriate rental accommodation in Dublin as the key driver of this and this in turn reflects the growth of the economy with continuing high levels of foreign direct investment,” he said.

The average rent for properties across Ireland has hit a new record high, with costs by far at their highest in the capital.

A separate survey by ECA International earlier this month ranked Dublin as the 48th most expensive city for expatriate workers. However, this report did not take rental accommodation prices into account.

Cost of living

Mercer’s survey compares the price of more than 200 goods and services in each city, including housing, transportation, food, clothing and entertainment.

Although this year’s top five is dominated by Asian cities, there are a number of European cities from outside the euro currency bloc featured in the top 20, namely Bern, Geneva, Copenhagen, Moscow and London – which rose from 29th place to 19th.

At the other end of the scale, the least expensive cities for expatriates are Tashkent, Tunis and Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek.

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