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Brazil Among World’s Cheapest Places to Live In

In spite of the recent valorization of the real compared to the dollar, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, continue among the cheapest cities in the world to live in, according to a study by the British consultancy firm Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

EIU’s World Cost of Living research places both Brazilian capitals in the 109th position among the 124 cities evaluated, next to Bucharest (Romania) and Lusaka (Zambia). One year ago, Rio held the 108th position, and São Paulo, the 111st in the ranking elaborated by the EIU.


Tokyo continues to be the most expensive place to live in the world, followed by Osaka Kobe, another Japanese city. The third in the ranking is Oslo (Norway), followed by Paris, Copenhagen (Denmark), Zurich (Switzerland), London, Geneva, Reykjavik (Iceland) and Helsinki (Finland).


According to the EIU, the cost of living of the Japanese cities gradually approaches that of the European capitals due to the prolonged disinflation period in Japan’s economy.


Due to the devaluation of the dollar no American city made the list of the 20 more expensive of the planet. New York, the most expensive city in the United States, fell from 13rd to the 23rd place. The cost of living in Atlanta is about half that of Tokyo and is cheaper than the one from Prague, for example.


In Latin America, Mexico City is the most expensive place to live in, occupying the 64th position. Next come Lima, in Peru, and Bogota, in Colombia (both in the 95th place). They are followed by Santiago do Chile (98th) and Montevideo (107th).


Buenos Aires, the Argentinean capital, kept its 116th place in the ranking from the previous year. Teheran (Iran) and Manila (Philippines), both in 124th place, are the cheapest cities in the EIU’s Study.


According to the EIU, there are two main reasons for the changes that occur: prices and exchange moves. To get the results, the EIU converts the costs of each city into dollars.


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  • Ben De Klerk

    correction of web adress
    http://www.rbi-sa.co.za (Retai Business Intelligence basesd in South Africa) Partenships and Joint Ventures will be considered)

  • Ben De Klerk

    INVESTMENT – DIrector New Business Development
    I forgot to add, Ive never been treated with such care and passion by corporate members as i was in and during my visit to Brazil. The company Busscar in joinville was fantastic and i will reccoment people from dealing with them on luxury busses forever.

    thanx to Brazil, the most positive and pasionate, nature loveing community ive ever met. Investing there is on my agenda for 2008. Hope that the authoroties have a great investor bennifit program. If anyone can send me information on starting up a Electronic Retail Security company there please mail me. detail on http://www.rbi.sa.co.za

    thanx Brazil

    Ben De Klerk

  • Ben

    Director New Business Development
    I visited Brazil Three yoars ago on a business trip, I went to a place called Joinville. On my way there i landed in Sao Paulo. I must say, it was a very pleasant experience. What impressed me the most was the attitude and spirrit of the people there. The town Joinville was like a undiscovered Jewel. The clothing and shoes were inexpensive, the food magnifisant and the prices unbeleivable.

    I am sure that it is a cheap place to live in. At the time of me visiting the Brazillian town the living cost in RSA was acceptable with house prices averaging 300 000 usd, now in 2007 the houses in the area i live in average 4-500 000 usd. some sells for 2-3 million usd. living cost here went up and therefore lots of people are looking at relocating. It has nothing to do with racialism, it is about expeses and rising costs and scales of economy and opportunity. Quality of life is also a big factor.

    At the same cost of living in RSA i could live there in Brazil at a level at least 3 times higher than where i am at now. The oportunities i saw in the country is huge. The basic products market is flourishing and there is a hughe market for consumar goods and entertainment.

    wel i am not an economist but i think i was not placed on earth to work myself to death only, you have to enjoy the journey, Brazil is definately in my book of consideration for relocation.

    Ben RSA

  • Octaviano

    Water business in Brazil
    I am located in New york and I have a water purification business with technology that is 20 years away for purification of water. I am trying to gain access to the Brazilian market and more specifically SABESP. The technology is remarkable and is far more superior purifying water with the use of chlorine. I am always in Brazil and was there more recently in August of 2009. I plan to move to Brazil as well but I would like to have this business as one of my focus when I am there. At present, I am looking for business and or governmental contacts to move forward.

    Thanks,

    Brian
    ttomguy@aol.com

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