World’s 10 cheapest cities
A survey has revealed the ten most inexpensive cities in the world.
The tenth cheapest city in the annual survey was Tunis in Tunisia.Most African cities have become more expensive in the past year, according to consulting firm Mercer.Tunis is both the capital and the largest city of Tunisia. The greater metropolitan area of Tunis, often referred to as Grand Tunis, holds some 2,700,000 inhabitants.
Chennai (Madras), in India, was ranked cheaper than New Delhi and Mumbai, which both became considerably cheaper this year after the Indian rupee made a significant loss against the US dollar. Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, is the capital of the Tamil Nadu state. It’s home to Fort St. George, built in 1644 and now a museum showcasing the city’s roots as a British military garrison and East India Company trading outpost. Religious sites include Kapaleeshwarar Temple, adorned with carved and painted gods, and St. Mary’s, a 17th-century Anglican church.
Quito, in Ecuador, was named the eighth cheapest city, the first of four Central and South American cities in the inexpensive top ten. Quito, Ecuador’s capital, sits high in the Andean foothills at an altitude of 2,850m. Constructed on the foundations of an ancient Incan city, it’s known for its Spanish colonial buildings dating back more than 500 years. It all can be taken in from the TelefériQo, a gondola ride up the Pichincha volcano, with the Parque Vulqano amusement park at its base.
7 Mexico City
Mexico City came next as the seventh least expensive city, after living costs fell compared to last year.Most European cities were also judged to be cheaper in the 2009 ratings as many European currencies weakened against the dollar.Costs fell substantially in Warsaw, London, Glasgow and Birmingham.Mexico City is the densely populated, high-altitude capital of Mexico. It’s known for its Templo Mayor (a 13th-century Aztec temple), the baroque Catedral Metropolitana of the Spanish conquistadors and the Palacio Nacional, which houses historic murals by Diego Rivera. All of this resides in and around the Plaza de la Constitución, the massive main square also known as the Zócalo.
The cost of living in Auckland, in New Zealand, also fell this year. It was named the world’s sixth cheapest city. Auckland, based around 2 large harbors, is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. In central Queen Street, the iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbor, which is full of super-yachts and lined with bars and cafes. Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, is based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Winter-gardens. Mission Bay Beach is minutes from Downtown.
Wellington, also on New Zealand’s north island, is even cheaper.The survey could partly explain the island’s reputation as a popular holiday destination if it offers such value for money.Australian cities also became dramatically cheaper this year, with Sydney sliding from 15th to 66th place in the list.Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, sits near the North Island’s southernmost point on the Cook Strait. A compact city, it encompasses a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, a working harbour and colourful timber houses on surrounding hills. Though sunny and mild most of the year, strong winter winds through the Cook Strait give it the nickname “Windy Wellington.”
Karachi, in Pakistan, is fourth cheapest among the cities of the world, coming in at 140th overall.It continues to be the least costly city in Asia.Karachi is the largest and most populous metropolitan city in the world and is the capital of Pakistani province of Sindh. It is the main seaport and financial center of Pakistan.
Third from top in the cheap list is Asunción, in Paraguay in South America. In 2008 it was the cheapest city in the survey.Nuestra Señora Santa María de la Asunción is the capital and largest city of Paraguay. The Ciudad de Asunción is an autonomous capital district not part of any department.
Monterrey, in Mexico, was the next cheapest when goods such as housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment were measured.Monterrey, capital of the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo León, is a sprawling business and industrial center fringed by mountains. It’s overlooked by the Palacio del Obispado, a storied Baroque palace with a regional museum. Downtown lies the Macroplaza, a vast green area of connected squares home to the striking Museo de Arte Contemporáneo and the Faro de Comercio tower, which beams a green laser into the sky.
Finally, Johannesburg was deemed the world’s cheapest city.Tokyo, named the most expensive city, is nearly three times as costly.Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city and capital of its inland Gauteng province, began as a 19th-century gold-mining settlement. It’s known for Soweto township, a sprawling jumble of African workers’ houses that was once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Mandela’s former residence is now the Nelson Mandela National Museum. To the northeast, Herman Ekstein Park encompasses a boating lake and Johannesburg Zoo.
Edited By- Mir Niaz Morshed