Belgium vs North Korea - Cost of Living Comparison

Belgium North Korea
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1324
$1554
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3115
$3778
🏠 One person rent
$696
$881
🏘️ Family rent
$1100
$1903
🍽️ Food expenses
$446
$493
🚐 Transport expenses
$71.3
$126
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2162
$342
💸 GDP per capita
$45205
$1700
😃 Human freedom index
8.61
1.4
❤️ Life expectancy
80.8
72.5
👮 Corruption perceptions index
73
16
🌐 English speaking %
59%
0%
🎓 Higher education
95
23
😀 Quality of life
72
14
🏙️ Population
11.5M
25.5M

The average cost of living in Belgium ($1324) is 15% less expensive than in North Korea ($1554). Belgium ranked 31st 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 1.6 months in Belgium compared to 0.2 months in North Korea. Ranked 29th and 193rd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Belgium vs North Korea

We calculate prices for Belgium and North Korea as a population-weighted mean of 91 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.

Belgium North Korea
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$15.5
$9.11
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$65.1
$112
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.16
$5.06
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.84
$1.66
 Cappuccino
$2.99
$1.67
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.42
$0.6
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$642
$794
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$530
$726
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1078
$2790
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$860
$1447
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$96.1
$84.2
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$148
$130
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$48
$56.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.85%
11.79%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3337
$1235
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2765
$723
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.64
$0.41
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$45.2
$71.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$21.2
$19.6
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.81
$0.87
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.94
$2.31
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.66
$2.4
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.94
$2.64
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.7
$2.52
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.4
$8.57
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.13
$18.2
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14.1
$6.35
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.25
$3.09
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.7
$1.09
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.31
$1.31
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.23
$6.81
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.53
$3.05
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.24
$0.89
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.5
$0.35
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.47
$2.21
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$6.85
$6.37
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.54
$2.74
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7.43
$2.44
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.2
$3.32
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.71
$2.9
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.9
$1.46
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.49
$4.28
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$28.8
$23.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$10.3
$4.05
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$28.4
$20.2
💇 Haircut, simple
$16.8
$4.21
👖 Brand Jeans
$86.7
$30.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$87.8
$61.1
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$481
$111
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$16083
$3454

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Cities Comparison in Belgium vs North Korea

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Belgium

City Cost of living Population
Antwerp
$1407
529K
Ghent
$1356
262K
Brussels
$1474
185K
Charleroi
$1374
202K
Liege
$1193
197K
Schaerbeek
$1310
133K
Leuven
$1450
101K
Anderlecht
$1310
121K
Bruges
$1454
118K
Namur
$1249
111K
Hasselt
$1297
77.7K
Mechelen
$1373
86.9K
Mons
$1204
95.3K
La Louviere
$1311
81K
Aalst
$1432
85.7K
Sint-Niklaas
$1365
76.8K
Tournai
$1244
69.6K
Kortrijk
$1280
76.3K
Seraing
$1294
64.3K
Genk
$1306
66.1K
Ostend
$1202
71.3K
Geel
$1341
40.7K
Mouscron
$1260
58.2K
Roeselare
$1266
62.3K
Woluwe-Saint-Lambert
$1303
57.7K
Forest
$1261
56.6K
Verviers
$1026
55.2K
Saint-Gilles
$1239
49.7K
Beveren
$1350
48.2K
Beringen
$1275
46.1K

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