Belgrade the most expensive city in the region

Belgrade is the most expensive place to live in the Western Balkans, followed by Budva, Montenegro and Tirana, Albania, the Numbeo 2023 Cost of Living report has found.

The report takes a snapshot of daily costs across the world, creating an index of the most expensive cities to live in, to the cheapest.

Basel tops the list of the most expensive European cities to live in, followed by Zurich, Lausanne, Zug, and Bern, all in Switzerland. The Norwegian cities of Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim and Tromsø in Norway completed the top 10. Others ranking high in Europe include Copenhagen in Denmark, Espoo in Finland, Dublin in Ireland, and Nice in France.

At the bottom of the list is war-torn Ukraine, with the besieged city of Kharkiv in last place. Other cheap places to live include the Ukrainian cities of Lviv, Odessa, Dnipro and Kyiv.

In terms of the Western Balkans, Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, is one of the cheapest places to live in Europe, along with Niš (Serbia), Craiova (Romania) and Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Belgrade is the most expensive city in the Western Balkan region. The cost of living in Belgrade is at 42.5% of that of New York, while Tirana fared at 41% – a 3.7-point increase from the previous year.

(, 11.01.2023)

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