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2 of the 10 Cheapest Cities in the World are in Turkey

Due to the difference in the exchange rate or the suitability of living and working conditions, many people aim to settle in cities in other countries and continue their careers here. At this point, in addition to the average salary in the targeted city, the prices of items such as housing, basic living materials and transportation can be effective in decision making. In this context, two cities from Turkey were among the 10 cheapest cities in the world for foreign workers. The city leading the list is also from Turkey…

The 2022 data of the Cost of Living Survey reports, conducted twice a year by the international consulting organization Mercer, have been published. 227 cities were included in the study. According to the final report, two cities from Turkey are among the 10 cheapest cities in the world for foreign workers: the capital Ankara and the mega city Istanbul


Among the cheapest cities, 2 cities from Pakistan and Turkey, 1 city each from Algeria, Kazakhstan, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan took place. The top of the list was Ankara. Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, followed Ankara, followed by Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan.

After Dushanbe, 2 cities from Pakistan came on the list. The capital city Islamabad was in the 4th place and Karachi was in the 5th place.


The city in the 6th place was Istanbul, the most populated city in Turkey with a population of 16 million and receiving the highest number of immigrants.

The cities following Istanbul were listed as Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, Almaty, the largest city of Kazakhstan, and Algeria, the capital of Algeria.

While conducting the research, factors such as currency volatility, inflation, and housing conditions are taken into account.

Ece Nagihan

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