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Oslo is world's most expensive city: survey

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11:08 CET+01:00
In a finding that will come as no surprise to anybody who has ever visited or lived in Oslo, the Norwegian capital has emerged as the most expensive shopping city in the world.

Oslo comes out so far on top in a study of 32 countries worldwide that second-placed São Paulo seems almost ludicrously cheap by contrast in a survey carried out by price comparison service PriceRunner.

The results are based on a comparison of the prices of 25 different products, including coffee, petrol, books and mobile phones.

“The products that are more expensive in Oslo than in a lot of other major cities are milk, Coca-Cola, bus tickets and Big Macs,” PriceRunner’s Martin Andersen told news agency NTB.

For example, the study shows that a 33cl can of Coca-Cola, costing 4 kroner ($0.66) in Bombay, will set the Oslo shopper back a cool 38 kroner ($6.40).

Oslo is a budget-wrecking 40 percent more expensive than the average in the multi-city survey. São Paulo, by contrast, is 20 percent pricier than Dublin, the city marking the average level.

Swedish capital Stockholm takes third place, followed by Sydney and Copenhagen.

“We think it’s important for travellers to know more than just the cost of a hotel room. The price of everyday items is also important,” said Andersen.

Consumers looking for good deals are best advised to hit the streets of Mumbai, which was 30 percent cheaper than the average. Bangkok also offers a wallet-friendly alternative and is 25 percent less expensive than the average.

For price-conscious travellers in Europe, Warsaw looks to be the ideal destination, with the Polish capital offering prices 20 below the average.

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