May 29, 2018 / 8:22 AM / a month ago

Zurich too pricey? Then try LA for affordability

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Swiss financial hub of Zurich remains the world’s most expensive major city and Egypt’s capital Cairo the cheapest, the annual rankings of 77 metropolitan areas by Swiss bank UBS found on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: People drive a motorboat during sunny summer weather on the Limmat river in Zurich, Switzerland June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

But Los Angeles features the world’s best buying power for the average worker’s salary, with Angelenos able to afford almost a quarter more than New Yorkers, according to the study, which uses New York as the basis for comparisons.

Still, when factoring the high salaries many Zurich residents enjoy, the Swiss lakeside city came second to the Californian metropolis in purchasing power, with New York tenth. London was 23rd.

In a subset of data for 11 big cities, UBS looked at where millennials would be best off to buy a package of typical must-have goods including an Apple iPhone, a laptop, and a Netflix subscription. Expensive Hong Kong was the surprise winner.

A couple looking for a Friday night out with a meal, bottle of wine and a movie will pay the most in Tokyo, New York and Stockholm, while the best values were in Prague, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro.

For the full set of data on prices and earnings see: here

Reporting by Michael Shields; editing by David Stamp

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