Hong Kong is back in top spot as the most expensive city to live in theworld as an expat, according to research.
The city of skyscrapers had dropped to second place last year behindLuanda, the capital of Angola.
But it now heads the Asia-dominated list again, according to the 24thannual cost of living survey carried out by advisory firm Mercer.
The survey covers costs ranging from housing and clothes to bread andbeer.
It examines the cost of 200 items in each location, includingaccommodation, transport, clothes, food and entertainment, comparing prices suchas a cinema ticket, a pair of jeans, a litre of water, a cup of coffee, a litreof petrol and a litre of milk.
Mercer defines expatriates, also called assignees, as employees of anorganisation who are assigned to work in a different country than her or hisoriginal country of employment for a definite period of time.
In this year's rankings, Tokyo is the second most expensive city followedby Zurich and Singapore, with Seoul in fifth. This means that four out of fiveof the world's most expensive cities for expatriates are now in Asia, accordingto the survey.
The top 10 is completed, in order, by Luanda, Shanghai, N'Djamena, Beijingand Bern.
The world's least expensive city for expats is Tashkent, sitting in 209thplace in the Mercer list, below Tunis and Bishkek.
Mercer uses New York as its benchmark for comparing the costs of living inother cities, and measures currency movements against the US dollar.