3. Norway

It is no secret that the North Sea oil brought a lot of wealth into the country, trickling down to the cost of everyday items. Foreigners may be surprised to see the relatively high cost of basic goods in the country.


2. Switzerland

Switzerland is almost as famous for its high cost of living as it is for its ski slopes. Three Swiss cities featured in the 2015 Mercer Cost of Living Survey’s top ten – Geneva, Zurich and Bern – and rural areas aren’t necessarily that much cheaper. Swiss rent is high, but the urban planning is genius and extremely compact. Public transportation is punctual and fast, and probably one of the best systems in the world.