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According to a study carried out by Mercer consultants based on the prices from January to June 2003 in 144 metropolis worldwide, Barcelona is one of the least expensive cities in the whole world in which to live after Madrid and Lisbon.

This study, which analysed the cost of over 200 products and services, placed Barcelona in the 81th position out of the 144 cities taken into account. The most expensive city in the European Union is still London, and the most expensive city in the world is Tokyo, followed by Moscow in 2nd place and Osaka 3rd.







Ams * Paris Dublin Lisboa London Madrid Hong-Kong Bcn * New-york
  1 coffee +
  tip
1,41 1,76 2,42 1,45 2,45 1,53 5,6 1,20 3,3
  taxi /km 1,38 0,6 0,63 0,44 1,3 0,57 0,91 0,71 0,9
  2p furnished 1187 1627 1055 703,2 2737,8 923,7 4951,2 967,7 3252
  1h baby-s 5,72 7,04 6,6 5,06 6,5 7,5 7,5 7,04 8,12
  2 x cinema 14,51 13,93 12,75 7,9 25,94 9,5 15,64 9,52 0,3
  newspaper 0,86 0,7 1,11 0,62 0,65 0,80 0,9 0,8 0,6
  l. petrol 1,01 0,9 0,75 0,8 1,2 0,8 1,47 0,8 0,4

* Ams/Amsterdam     * Bcn/Barcelona

Here are some more approximate prices for Barcelona :

Renting : in the centre of Barcelona (and Madrid), calculate approximately 9 per m2 and month, whereas in the rest of the country it costs about 4.

Electricity bill : for 2 people, the bill is 60/2 months.

Telephone : 30/2 months plus calls. For Internet connection, add 0.06/min.

Food : for 2 people, the amount is 400/month.

The average restaurant bill per person is 11. A draft beer or a glass of wine in a bar costs 2, a coffee 1, tapas 3 or 4. A gym subscription is 50/month. A man's haircut is 9. A packet of American cigarettes is on average 2.25.


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