Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru among cheapest cities to live in; Paris & Singapore among most expensive

Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong are tied at the top spot.

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(From left clockwise) India Gate in Delhi, Vidhan Soudha in Bangalore, and Kapaleeshwarar in Chennai
NEW YORK: Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong are most expensive cities in the world while Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru are among the cheapest places to live, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2019 Worldwide Cost of Living Survey.

The three top cities are tied at the top spot, CNN quoted the annual survey as saying. It evaluated the cost of over 150 items in 133 cities around the world.

Zurich, Switzerland, was placed at fourth position. Japan's Osaka shared the fifth place with Geneva, also in Switzerland.


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It’s been voted as one of the best cities to live in the world. Not exactly unknown, the city does tend to lose out to the hordes that prefer the shinier, bigger cities of neighbouring United States. But by itself, Vancouver, a west coast seaport in British Columbia, is not just one of Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities, it is also a thriving metropolis with a buzzing art, music, food and theatre scene. Surrounded by mountains, it isn’t too hard on the eyes either.

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Seoul (South Korea) and Copenhagen (Denmark) and New York (US) were jointly placed at the seventh spot.

Los Angeles (US) was named the 10th most expensive city in the world, along with Israel's Tel Aviv.

The world's cheapest cities include Caracas (Venezuela), Damascus (Syria), Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Karachi (Pakistan), Lagos (Nigeria), Buenos Aires (Argentina) as well as the three Indian cities of Bengaluru, Chennai and Delhi.

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The Most Powerful Passports Of 2019: Japan Leads, Singapore Retains 2nd Spot; India At No.79
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For the second time in a row, Japan retained its top spot as the world's most powerful passport in 2019, according to the Henley Passport Index.

The country became the world's most travel-friendly passport due to the document's access to 190 countries.

In 2019, 27 countries were in the top 10 positions on the index, with 20 of those countries located in Europe, and three in Asia.

Here's a look at all the top ranking passports of this year.
For the second time in a row, Japan retained its top spot as the world's most powerful passport in 2019, according to the Henley Passport Index. The country became the world's most travel-friendly p..
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South Korea passport (R) edged up the ranking from October's index to join Singapore at second spot, offering access to 189 jurisdictions.

South Korea has moved 10 places up the rankings since 2009, when it held 12th place with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 144.
South Korea passport (R) edged up the ranking from October's index to join Singapore at second spot, offering access to 189 jurisdictions. South Korea has moved 10 places up the rankings since 2009,..
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Passport of France & Germany made it to the third rank with access to 188 countries across the world.
Passport of France & Germany made it to the third rank with access to 188 countries across the world.
European countries - (clockwise) Denmark, Finland, Sweden & Italy - tied at the fourth spot. The passports of these nations permits access to 187 countries.
European countries - (clockwise) Denmark, Finland, Sweden & Italy - tied at the fourth spot. The passports of these nations permits access to 187 countries.
With access to 186 countries, Luxembourg & Spain passports made it to the fifth spot.
With access to 186 countries, Luxembourg & Spain passports made it to the fifth spot.
European countries - Austria, Portugal, Norway, Netherlands, Switzerland - also performed favourably with the United Kingdom & the United States of America.

The UK drops from 4th place to 6th place, while the US drops from 5th place to 6th place, with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 185 destinations.
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(Clockwise) Belgium, Canada, Ireland & Greece share joint 7th place, with access to 184 destinations around the globe.
(Clockwise) Belgium, Canada, Ireland & Greece share joint 7th place, with access to 184 destinations around the globe.
Czech Republic solely rules eighth spot on the powerful passport index with access to 183 destinations.
Czech Republic solely rules eighth spot on the powerful passport index with access to 183 destinations.
Malta is holding strong at the nineth position with permission to 182 countries.
Malta is holding strong at the nineth position with permission to 182 countries.
(L-R) Australia, Iceland and New Zealand mshare the 10th position with access to 181 nations.
(L-R) Australia, Iceland and New Zealand mshare the 10th position with access to 181 nations.
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