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North American locations account for almost a third of the top 100 most expensive locations compared to only five in 2014.

Hong Kong is now the third most expensive location in Asia for expatriates to live, behind Ashgabat and Tokyo.

Singapore is now the seventh most expensive location in Asia for expatriates to live, climbing above Seoul and Shanghai.

Brexit uncertainty causes London to fall to 140th in global rankings, down 94 places since the 2016 referendum.

A weak German economy and a strong US dollar deliver a double-hit to eurozone countries with only eight locations remaining in the top 100, compared to 22 in 2014.

UK professionals are expected to receive a 1.1 percent real salary increase in 2020, equating to approximately £334.62pa on average.

The average real salary increase in China is forecast to be 3.6% above inflation in 2020, down slightly from 3.7% in 2019.

The average real salary increase in Hong Kong is forecast to be 1.4% above inflation in 2020, up from 1.0% in 2019.

The average real salary increase in Singapore is forecasted to be 3.0% in 2020, down from 3.3% in 2019.

Europe now accounts for less than a fifth of the world's top 100 most expensive cities due to the weakened euro.