Australia vs North Korea - Cost of Living Comparison

Australia North Korea
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1947
$1554
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4459
$3778
🏠 One person rent
$1094
$881
🏘️ Family rent
$1701
$1903
🍽️ Food expenses
$495
$493
🚐 Transport expenses
$226
$126
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$4211
$342
💸 GDP per capita
$51680
$1700
😃 Human freedom index
8.84
1.4
❤️ Life expectancy
83.2
72.5
👮 Corruption perceptions index
73
16
🌐 English speaking %
92.8%
0%
🎓 Higher education
98
23
😀 Quality of life
92
14
🏙️ Population
24.5M
25.5M

The average cost of living in Australia ($1947) is 25% more expensive than in North Korea ($1554). Australia ranked 10th vs 23rd for North Korea in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.2 months in Australia compared to 0.2 months in North Korea. Ranked 2nd and 193rd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Australia vs North Korea

We calculate prices for Australia and North Korea as a population-weighted mean of 64 and 24 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Australia North Korea
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$12.6
$9.11
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$56.4
$112
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.06
$5.06
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$6.18
$1.66
 Cappuccino
$3.36
$1.67
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.46
$0.6
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1161
$794
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$900
$726
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1991
$2790
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1389
$1447
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$91.4
$84.2
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$141
$130
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$50.6
$56.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
3.17%
11.79%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$7083
$1235
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4653
$723
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.2
$0.41
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$103
$71.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$16.5
$19.6
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.38
$0.87
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.17
$2.31
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.96
$2.4
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.86
$2.64
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.73
$2.52
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.34
$8.57
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.42
$18.2
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.9
$6.35
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.06
$3.09
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.5
$1.09
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.64
$1.31
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.61
$6.81
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.25
$3.05
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.86
$0.89
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.05
$0.35
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.28
$2.21
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.5
$6.37
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.02
$2.74
🚬 Cigarette pack
$26.2
$2.44
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$7.75
$3.32
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.41
$2.9
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.33
$1.46
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.49
$4.28
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$46.3
$23.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$13.4
$4.05
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$52.1
$20.2
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.5
$4.21
👖 Brand Jeans
$72
$30.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$101
$61.1
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1480
$111
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$13190
$3454

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Cities Comparison in Australia vs North Korea

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Australia

City Cost of living Population
Sydney
$2294
4.84M
Melbourne
$1968
4.53M
Brisbane
$2056
2.36M
Perth
$1873
2.14M
Adelaide
$1654
1.3M
Gold Coast
$1776
638K
Canberra
$1792
381K
Sunshine Coast
$1808
353K
Newcastle
$1798
153K
Hobart
$1648
222K
Darwin
$1610
137K
Geelong
$1708
191K
Wollongong
$1554
262K
Townsville
$1224
179K
Launceston
$1477
106K
Toowoomba
$1462
136K
Cairns
$1400
147K
Ipswich
$1612
163K
Bendigo
$1610
95.6K
Blacktown
$1581
51K
Ballarat
$1740
98.5K
Rockhampton
$1390
78.6K
Orange
$1661
41.2K
Melton
$1633
72.2K
Bunbury
$1466
71.1K
Wagga Wagga
$1386
67.4K
Gladstone
$1603
45.1K
Tarneit
$1570
56.4K
Hervey Bay
$1658
54.7K
Pakenham
$1631
54.1K

In North Korea

City Cost of living Population
Pyongyang
$1691
2.86M
Hamhung
$1548
769K
Chongjin
$1540
668K
Sunchon
$1508
437K
Wonsan
$1494
363K
Sinuiju
$1500
359K
Tanchon
$1494
346K
Kaechon
$1489
320K
Nampo
$1495
311K
Sariwon
$1486
308K
Kanggye
$1481
252K
Anju
$1480
240K
Haeju
$1478
242K
Tokchon
$1472
237K
Pyongsong
$1481
237K
Kimchaek
$1470
207K
Kusong
$1472
197K
Rason
$1472
197K
Kaesong
$1473
193K
Hyesan
$1470
193K
Chongju
$1467
190K
Huichon
$1460
168K
Hoeryong
$1455
154K
Sinpo
$1453
153K