Denmark vs Switzerland - Cost of Living Comparison

Denmark Switzerland
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1665
$2507
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3941
$6465
🏠 One person rent
$879
$1351
🏘️ Family rent
$1606
$2468
🍽️ Food expenses
$526
$806
🚐 Transport expenses
$109
$127
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$3217
$6135
💸 GDP per capita
$61063
$87100
😃 Human freedom index
8.98
9.11
❤️ Life expectancy
81.6
83.1
👮 Corruption perceptions index
88
84
🌐 English speaking %
86.1%
61.3%
🎓 Higher education
97
98
😀 Quality of life
82
85
🏙️ Population
5.83M
8.47M

The average cost of living in Denmark ($1665) is 34% less expensive than in Switzerland ($2507). Denmark ranked 20th vs 3rd for Switzerland in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.9 months in Denmark compared to 2.4 months in Switzerland. Ranked 9th and 3rd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Denmark vs Switzerland

We calculate prices for Denmark and Switzerland as a population-weighted mean of 27 and 50 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.

Denmark Switzerland
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$16.6
$22.8
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$80.2
$103
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$11
$15.4
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$6.35
$6.69
 Cappuccino
$5.28
$4.95
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$3.29
$4.22
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$967
$1419
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$691
$1103
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1767
$2700
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1329
$2091
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$103
$129
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$158
$199
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$30.6
$55.7
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.81%
1.47%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5032
$12711
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3503
$8175
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.22
$3.87
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$68.5
$85.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$24.1
$39.7
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$2.03
$1.95
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.48
$1.69
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.45
$3.04
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.12
$2.87
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.82
$6.49
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.4
$21.7
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.76
$25
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.5
$43.7
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.72
$3.91
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.77
$2.81
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.88
$3.24
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.62
$4
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.84
$2.58
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.61
$2.46
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.87
$0.75
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$3.1
$2.76
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$10.8
$14
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.77
$2.23
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7.59
$8.99
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$7.13
$16.7
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.19
$5.17
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.58
$3.75
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.98
$3.65
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$34.2
$81.3
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$15.1
$19.7
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$65.5
$127
💇 Haircut, simple
$22.9
$34.6
👖 Brand Jeans
$94.4
$108
👟 Brand Sneakers
$98.5
$122
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$434
$2247
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$6094
$24364

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Cities Comparison in Denmark vs Switzerland

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Denmark

City Cost of living Population
Copenhagen
$2071
644K
Aarhus
$1568
269K
Odense
$1604
177K
Aalborg
$1405
113K
Frederiksberg
$1845
105K
Naestved
$1439
41.9K
Gentofte
$1486
75.8K
Esbjerg
$1365
72.3K
Vejle
$1633
56.6K
Kolding
$1382
58.8K
Silkeborg
$1344
44.3K
Horsens
$1384
59.4K
Viborg
$1265
41.1K
Horsholm
$1491
47.5K
Helsingor
$1489
47.4K
Randers
$1376
62.6K
Roskilde
$1582
50K
Fredericia
$1469
39.9K
Holstebro
$1175
35.4K
Herning
$1419
44.6K
Hillerod
$1721
35.4K
Svendborg
$1582
27.2K
Frederikshavn
$1108
23.5K
Sonderborg
$1214
27.6K
Haderslev
$1337
22K
Nuuk
$2011
18.3K
Torshavn
$1597
13.3K

In Switzerland

City Cost of living Population
Zurich
$2888
434K
Geneva
$2895
202K
Basel
$2456
178K
Lausanne
$2495
139K
Bern
$2267
134K
Winterthur
$2492
110K
Lucerne
$2419
81.7K
St. Gallen
$1937
75.8K
Lugano
$2470
63.2K
Biel/Bienne
$2118
54.5K
Vernier
$2377
35.1K
Schaffhausen
$2320
36.6K
Koniz
$2419
41.5K
Thun
$2466
43.7K
La Chaux-de-Fonds
$2334
39K
Fribourg
$1917
38.4K
Bellinzona
$2388
43.2K
Uster
$2417
34.4K
Neuchatel
$2053
33.5K
Sion
$2400
34.7K
Dubendorf
$2465
28K
Yverdon-les-Bains
$2037
30.2K
Altstetten
$2409
32.6K
Lancy
$2348
31.9K
Chur
$2233
35K
Zug
$2864
30.5K
Emmen
$2413
29.3K
Kriens
$2478
27K
Rapperswil-Jona
$2407
27K
Montreux
$2644
26K