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Indian urban dwellers spend far more time at work than their peers in most other cities

A glum thought for the weekend.

Indian urban dwellers spend far more time at work than their peers in most other cities. The average working person in Mumbai works 2,277 hours every year. And the average working person in New Delhi spends 2,214 hours at work. Among the other cities that come close are Jakarta, Cairo, Hong Kong, Nairobi, Shanghai and Taipei. But they work just 1,604 hours in Paris.

This is what a new research report by investment bank UBS on living standards in 71 major global cities shows. All that hard work does not necessarily mean higher standards of living. The two Indian cities are relatively cheaper to stay in compared with New York. But it takes 73 minutes of work in New Delhi and 49 minutes of work in Mumbai to buy a kilo of rice. The global average is 16 minutes. As expected, the difference in the cost of living is higher for services such as haircuts while it is less stark for technology goods such as iPhones.

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