Mercer’s 2022 Cost of Living City Ranking has listed Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Dushanbe (Tajikistan) and Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) among the least expensive places to travel.    

In all, there are 227 cities on the list and Mercer’s 2022 Cost of Living City Ranking reveals the most expensive and cheap cities for international employees.  

Tashkent, Dushanbe and Bishkek are placed 221st, 225th and 226th, respectively.    

The top 10 least expensive cities reportedly also include two Turkish cities -- Ankara and Istanbul, two Pakistani cities -- Islamabad and Karachi, and the Kazakh city of Almaty, which is placed 219th.

Hong Kong holds the top spot in Mercer's latest survey, followed by Zurich in second place. Three other Swiss cities - Geneva, Basel and Bern - complete the top five world's most expensive locations for expats.  

Mercer’s latest survey also places Copenhagen in 11th place with London 15th. In the euro zone Vienna was placed 21st followed by Amsterdam (25), Munich (33), Paris (35) and Brussels (39).

Mercer said its cost of living data, along with its mobility research, shows that widespread inflation, exchange rate variations and the rise of remote and flexible working are all having a material impact on expatriate employees' pay and savings.

It cautioned that these influences may have serious consequences for employers in the global battle for talent.