An extensive cost of living survey has ranked Pakistan as the third cheapest country in the world.
The cheapest country to feature in the study is India, with a cost of living index of 24.14, followed by Moldova, Pakistan, Kazakhstan and Nepal. A little further down the list you’ll find Colombia, Serbia, The Philippines, South Africa and Romania.
The survey takes into account the price of around 50 items, including a wide variety of accommodation, food and drink from both supermarkets and restaurants, clothing, taxi fares, leisure activities, utility, internet and mobile phone bills.
The cheapest restaurant meals and apartments are found in Nepal, while Cuba has the cheapest cinema prices, public transport and electricity bills. The cheapest McDonalds combo meal is found in the Ukraine, and the cheapest pair of Levis 501s can be purchased in Uganda.
Of those countries among the cheapest 20, India has the most world heritage sites (32), Colombia has the highest life expectancy (79) and the highest percentage of forested land (54%).
Romania has the best average internet connection speed (12.8mbits per second), Moldova has the fewest roads (9,352kms), Bosnia and Herzogovina is the least urbanised, while a natural disaster is least likely to occur in the Ukraine.
The cheapest countries according to the survey feature are as follows:
16. Sri Lanka
17. Bosnia and Herzegovina
18. The Philippines
19. South Africa
The most expensive country, meanwhile, is Bermuda – a British Overseas Territory – which has a cost of living index of 133.68. Switzerland, The Bahamas, Norway and Iceland complete the top five, while the UK comes 12th, and the US 21st.
The most expensive countries rank as follows:
3. The Bahamas
10. Hong Kong
12. United Kingdom
14. New Zealand