In their press release Line Theilsgaad, a ”Mercer” consultant in Denmark, explained that one of the reasons why Copenhagen moved from the 17th to the 21st place in the rating over the past year, was the fact, that the American dollar became more expensive compared with a number of European currencies, including euro.
"Fluctuations in the currency exchange rates between the dollar and euro, as well as Asian currencies influence the rating of a few cities. It is evident that most cities of North America are shifting upwards in the list compared to the European cities", she said.
According to Mercer, the most expensive cities to visit are:
and Geneva (Switzerland)
At the bottom of the list there are a number of Pakistan cities and the capital of Bolivia - La Paz.
The survey conducted by Mercer compares the cost of living in 214 cities on five continents. It measures and compares expenses in over 200 categories, including accommodation, transport, foods, household goods and entertainments.
Ole Andersen, Sales and Marketing Director for "Wonderful Copenhagen", believes that the lower rating will be beneficial for the city visitors, since it will encourage people to go to Copenhagen. If the cost of a holiday is an important issue for a person, he or she will certainly consider the places where it is cheap or expensive to stay while selecting their holiday destination. Naturally, it would be great if we were not considered an expensive city”, he said.
These preconditions give hope that Copenhagen will see more tourists in the near future. The Northern capital may offer a lot to its guests, both in cultural leisure activities including visits to museums, exhibitions, extraordinary urban architecture and the alternative lifestyle, and in active touristic activities, including biking, visits to theme parks, royal castles etc.