Turkmenistan’s Ashgabat Tops Rundown of Rich Cities


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The capital of Turkmenistan in Central Asia has been named as the world’s most costly city for foreign laborers. Ashgabat, a city of around a million individuals, bested a 2021 average cost for living overview by consultancy firm Mercer.

The positioning puts Ashgabat above last year’s priciest city, Hong Kong, which was put second, trailed by Beirut in Lebanon and Tokyo in Japan.

The yearly report positions 209 urban areas dependent on the relative costs of expenses like shelter, transport, and food.

Mercer said it assessed more than 200 labor and products for the report, which is intended to help organizations and governments throughout the planet decide the amount they should pay ostracize or expatriates workers.

Expatriates, or expats, are individuals who live or work outside their local nations.

A large portion of the urban communities in Mercer’s best 10 is business center points where monetary development has prompted a climb in the cost of housing and other living expenses.

In any case, Ashgabat owes its high positioning to monetary hardships as opposed to success, making it an exception.

For what reason is Ashgabat at the first spot on the list?

It is revealed that “high local inflation” disclosed Ashgabat’s ascent to first from second in last year’s overview.

Inflation is the pace of expansion in costs for labor and products over the long haul.

Known for its absolutist government and enormous gas reserves, Turkmenistan has been wrestling with a long-running financial emergency that has dived numerous residents into destitution.

Previously a piece of the Soviet Union Association, the nation is profoundly reliant upon flammable gas fares to Russia.

Given this current, Turkmenistan’s financial disturbance has been driven, to some degree, by low gas costs.

A worldwide drop in energy costs in 2014 pushed up inflation and food costs.

In September last year, a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the Coronavirus pandemic had “radically exacerbated Turkmenistan’s previous food emergency”.

“Deficiencies of financed food, speeding up since 2016, have deteriorated, with individuals holding up hours in line to attempt to purchase more moderate food items, frequently being dismissed flatly broke,” the report said.

Despite this present, Turkmenistan’s government began a significant extension of Ashgabat in May.

Long-term President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov promised to transform the capital into “perhaps the most prosperous urban communities on the planet”.

In the UK, London was set eighteenth, edging up by one spot from number 19 last year, while Birmingham was positioned at 121, climbing by eight spots from 129 out of 2020.

At the lower part of the rundown, Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek was positioned as the most affordable city for foreign workers by the study.


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