KAMPALA. – Kampala is the least expensive city to live within East Africa followed by Rwanda, a survey shows.
According to the annual Cost of Living Survey done by Mercer, Kampala ranked 30th, Kigali 29th Dar es Salaam 26th and Nairobi 16th.
A total of 40 countries were sampled in Africa.
The ranking is based on the prices of goods and services such as food, clothing and rent. It is mainly used by multinational organisations to set remuneration packages for their foreign-based employees.
The survey shows that Victoria in the Seychelles is the most expensive city to live in Africa, followed by N’Djamena in Chad, Lagos in Nigeria, Kinshasa in Democratic Republic of Congo and Libreville in Gabon.
Tunis in Tunisia is the least expensive city to live in on the continent followed by Windhoek in Namibia, Banjul in Gambia, Lusaka in Zambia and Gaborone in Botswana.
Hong Kong tops the list of most expensive cities for expatriates, followed by Ashgabat in Turkmenistan in second position. Tokyo in Japan and Zurich in Switzerland remain in third and fourth positions respectively, whereas Singapore city in Singapore is fifth, down two places from last year. New York City ranked sixth from ninth place.