The Jakarta Post
Oslo was named the world’s most expensive city to clean a suit with an average cost of US$52.03. (Shutterstock/File)
Jakarta has been named the cheapest city in the world to clean a suit, according to a study conducted by ZipJet, a Europe-based on-demand laundry and dry cleaning service.
The research discovered that the average cost of dry cleaning a single suit in Jakarta is US$2.20. By comparison, the cost to clean a suit in Oslo is $52.03.
Based on the study, Oslo was named the world’s most expensive city to clean a suit, followed by Helsinki with an average cost of $41.13 per suit and Gothenburg, Sweden, with $35.12 per suit.
The company said in a statement that the research started by determining a final list of 100 global cities, focusing on capitals, business districts and financial centers. It then calculated the average cost of dry cleaning a suit in each of these cities.
Furthermore, it also calculated the amount of hours an individual earning minimum wage must work to afford the dry cleaning service.
The research found that people in Jakarta have to work at least 1.4 hours at minimum wage to afford the service.
“For traditionally business-oriented cities, such as Oslo, Helsinki and Zurich, our study shows that citizens are paying between 13 and 30 percent more to dry clean their suits than the rest of the world. Although you could consider this a ‘suit tax’, our data also shows that as salaries are higher in these nations, it would only take around 1 to 3 hours of working at minimum wage to afford such a service in these cities,” said ZipJet founder and managing director Florian Färber. (jes/kes)