7 African Cities Are Among The World’s Least Expensive Towns For Expats

Mercer, the human resource consulting company, recently published its 2016 Cost of Living City rankings. The survey evaluates the general inflation of basic goods such as the price of accommodation for new residents while taking into account currency fluctuations. The study, which uses New York as a base for comparison, is widely recognized and is used by several multinational companies and governments to determine compensation strategies for their employees.

12. Tbilisi, Georgia

The capital city of Georgia is very diverse. It is home to more than 100 ethnic groups. The city also boasts several cultural landmarks and sightseeing locations.

11. Skopje, Macedonia

This city, which has been inhabited since at least 4000 BC, used to be called Scupi during the Roman period. The unemployment rate in Skopje is among the highest in Europe.


10. Lusaka, Zambia

Lusaka is one of the fastest growing cities in southern Africa. The city has become a popular destination for Zambians as well as for tourists.

9. Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone is Botswana’s capital and largest city. It is also the headquarters of several financial institutions. About 20% of the working population is employed in the financial sector.

8. Karachi, Pakistan

Karachi is the 7th most populated city in the world with close to 25 million inhabitants. The city hosts the main seaport and financial center of Pakistan.

7. Tunis, Tunisia

Tunis’s economy is shifting from manufacturing to a service-based economy. A year after the deadly terrorist attack in Sousse, expats and tourists are slowly returning to the city.


6. Minsk, Belarus

Minsk is the major industrial center of Belarus. The city’s contributions represent close to 46% of Belarusian budget.

5. Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city has become one of Africa’s most important economic and financial hub. The city is also among the 50 largest urban agglomerations in the world.

4. Blantyre, Malawi

Blantyre is Malawi’s commercial capital. The city boasts dynamic finance and agricultural sectors.

3. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek stands at 800 metres above sea level. Despite being an affordable city to live in for expats, the metropolitan area suffers from a notably high level of air pollution.

2. Cape Town, South Africa

This coastal city is the second most populous urban area in South Africa. It is also the legislative capital of the country and an important tourist region in the country.

1. Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, is the world’s cheapest city to live in as an expat. Located in central Namibia, the city is the social, economic, political, and cultural center of the country.

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