The federal capital, Islamabad and Karachi, the largest city of Pakistan, have been ranked among the world’s cheapest 11 cities for expats in 2021.
Mercer’s Cost of Living Survey 2021 has revealed that Ashgabat in Turkmenistan is the most expensive city for overseas workers, followed by Hong Kong, Beirut (Lebanon) and Tokyo (Japan).
Whereas, the cheapest city is Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, then Lusaka in Zambia and the third cheapest city is Tbilisi in Georgia. Karachi is ranked 9th and Islamabad 11th cheapest city.
According to the report, prices of more than 200 items ranging from accommodation, transportation to food and household goods were compared in 209 cities to compile the list.
The report revealed that five of the ten cheapest cities in the world belonged to the continent of Africa.
It is pertinent here to mention that earlier this month the international magazine, Economist, had named Karachi as one of the 10 worst cities in the world.
Economist had released the ranking of the cities suitable for living. Karachi had been named among the least livable cities of the world because of the poor infrastructure, poor health, poor education systems and crime.