expenses for living abroad

Comparison of worldwide cost of living

Living ist most expensive in Switzerland and cheapest in India. In our ranking of 97 countries all around the world the USA comes 18th.

The cost of living are periodically calculated in nearly representative baskets of consumer goods. But many factors are complicating a worldwide comparison. E.g. a typical apartments dont have a standard size nor fittings. Even the quality of a branded packet of butter isn't the same in the Third World. Consequently, comparisons like this have to to be accepted with caution.

Zusätzlich sollte bei einen Kostenvergleich die Höhe des jeweils vorherrschenden eine Rolle spielen.Additionally, the average income of the single country should play a role in a cost comparison like this.
RankCountryCost of living index
1
Switzerland
155.96
2
Iceland
131.93
3
Norway
131.93
4
Denmark
119.55
5
Singapore
114.53
6
Australia
112.83
7
Hong Kong
111.48
8
Kosovo
109.96
9
New Zealand
109.96
10
Luxembourg
109.51
11
Israel
109.24
12
Japan
108.07
13
Ireland
106.28
14
Finland
105.29
15
United Kingdom
103.86
16
Sweden
103.86
17
Belgium
100.54
18
United States
100.00
19
France
98.57
20
Netherlands
97.76
21
South Korea
94.89
22
Canada
93.27
23
Austria
93.09
24
Italy
91.93
25
United Arab Emirates
90.40
26
Germany
89.69
27
Argentina
87.71
28
Macau
87.62
29
Ghana
86.82
30
Malta
83.95
31
Venezuela
82.15
32
Costa Rica
79.01
33
Spain
78.74
34
Cyprus
78.03
35
Jamaica
76.23
36
Zimbabwe
74.62
37
Greece
73.99
38
Slovenia
71.57
39
Burma
70.58
40
Portugal
70.40
41
Iraq
69.15
42
Tanzania
67.71
43
Estonia
66.64
44
Croatia
65.92
45
China
65.83
46
Mauritius
65.56
47
Saudi Arabia
65.11
48
Nigeria
64.57
49
Chile
63.68
50
Latvia
63.23
51
Lithuania
62.33
52
Ethiopia
60.54
53
Slovakia
60.36
54
Fiji
60.00
55
Czech Republic
57.31
56
Turkey
57.31
57
Iran
56.23
58
Thailand
54.80
59
Kenya
54.53
60
Namibia
54.35
61
Vietnam
54.08
62
Montenegro
54.08
63
Belarus
53.99
64
Hungary
53.81
65
Brazil
53.18
66
Russia
52.65
67
Peru
52.02
68
Malaysia
51.30
69
Bolivia
51.21
70
Egypt
50.22
71
Bulgaria
49.78
72
Indonesia
49.69
73
Poland
49.69
74
Mexico
49.06
75
Morocco
48.70
76
Armenia
48.61
77
Bangladesh
48.61
78
Romania
47.62
79
South Africa
47.53
80
Philippines
47.53
81
Bosnia and Herzegovina
47.35
82
Sri Lanka
46.64
83
Albania
46.28
84
Serbia
45.92
85
Syria
43.41
86
Macedonia
42.51
87
Tunisia
41.97
88
Colombia
40.00
89
Algeria
39.55
90
Georgia
39.28
91
Ukraine
39.10
92
Nepal
37.40
93
Kazakhstan
36.68
94
Pakistan
36.50
95
Moldova
35.16
96
India
33.00


We ajusted the average cost of living inside the USA (based on 2014) to an index of 100. All other countries are related to this index. Therefore with an index of e.g. 80, the usual expenses in another country are 20% less then inside the US.