10 most expensive cities

Imagine paying $7,000 a month for a two-bedroom apartment, or $42 for a movie? These are the world's 10 priciest cities, according to a study which helps companies assess the costs of relocating employees abroad.

5. Zurich

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2 bedroom apt.: $4,131.95 per month
Pair of jeans: $156.23
One movie ticket: $21.22

Nearly a quarter of Zurich's residents work at banks or investment firms, so it's no wonder the city is so expensive. A fast-food hamburger meal there goes for a staggering $15.

Source: Mercer 2014 Cost of Living Survey determines costs of living in 211 cities around the world by measuring prices on 200 items. All cities are compared to New York City. Survey responses are collected in March, and all figures are in U.S. dollars.
- Last updated July 10 2014 10:43 AM ET
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