We often hem and haw about prices, and how expensive things are, but if you lived in Switzerland, you might think differently about things! True, it's a beautiful country and has a reputation for delectable chocolate, but it also topped the list of the "Ten most expensive countries in the world to build", in a recent article.
According to a story on InternationalEat.com, "Switzerland remains the most expensive place in the world to build new properties", with data pulled from the latest EC Harris report. Using UK prices as a baseline, construction costs in Switzerland are more than 25% higher than anywhere else in the world (the story adds that the "price of construction in Switzerland is 71% higher than in the UK"). Mathew Riley of EC Harris said that he was not surprised to see Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries as the most expensive places to build, since "high labour costs and the need to import materials are all combining to drive prices up."
Taking a step back, Europe came in as the most expensive continent in which to build, with 8 European countries populating the Top 10 list. The other two countries were both Australia and Canada. The cheapest countries to build in? It was a tie between India and Sri Lanka (construction costs estimated to be 72% cheaper than the UK baseline).
If you are a builder or a contractor, you have seen your profit margins get slimmer and the competition on the rise, and the results of this report point to the need for Western economies to, "start planning ahead now to guarantee access to the raw materials needed for future construction projects."
As for North America, the report finds that the average construction costs in the US are around 10% lower than in the UK, however, as the economic recovery progresses, these costs are likely to rise.
In terms of construction spending during August 2011, we were at $799.1 billion (Up 1.4% from July and almost 1% from August 2010). Public Construction was on the upside, at 3.1% above July, and more specifically, Educational construction and Highway construction both posted gains of 3.5% and 4.3%, respectively. Private Construction Changes were negligible to minor.
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