No. 25 Cheapest City for Expensive Living: Tripoli, Libya

Monthly rent, unfurnished 2-br luxury apartment: $1,614.76
Lunch for one at a nice restaurant: $34.31*
One liter of gas, unleaded 95 octane: $0.20*
Beer, local brand: N/A*
Cup of coffee, including service: $3.53*

As Libya's capital and largest city, Tripoli serves as a major commerce and manufacturing center. However, due to violence and security threats following the uprising against Colonel Muammar Qaddafi, many residents, including U.S. citizens and other aliens, have fled the city. The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli suspended operations on Feb. 25 and NATO began conducting air strikes against Libya's military in March.

*For Tripoli, only accommodation prices were collected for the March 2011 survey; additional pricing data have been drawn from the September 2010 survey

Price data on all slides: Mercer 2011 Worldwide Cost of Living Survey
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