Japan vs North Korea - Cost of Living Comparison

Japan North Korea
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1171
$1554
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2988
$3778
🏠 One person rent
$531
$881
🏘️ Family rent
$1043
$1903
🍽️ Food expenses
$394
$493
🚐 Transport expenses
$143
$126
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2440
$342
💸 GDP per capita
$40193
$1700
😃 Human freedom index
8.73
1.4
❤️ Life expectancy
84.6
72.5
👮 Corruption perceptions index
73
16
🌐 English speaking %
15%
0%
🎓 Higher education
99
23
😀 Quality of life
79
14
🏙️ Population
126M
25.5M

The average cost of living in Japan ($1171) is 25% less expensive than in North Korea ($1554). Japan ranked 43rd 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 2.1 months in Japan compared to 0.2 months in North Korea. Ranked 18th and 193rd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Japan vs North Korea

We calculate prices for Japan and North Korea as a population-weighted mean of 907 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.

Japan North Korea
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$6.34
$9.11
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$31.9
$112
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.35
$5.06
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.39
$1.66
 Cappuccino
$3.03
$1.67
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.08
$0.6
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$558
$794
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$359
$726
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1157
$2790
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$783
$1447
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$98.6
$84.2
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$152
$130
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$34.2
$56.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.48%
11.79%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4765
$1235
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2789
$723
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.84
$0.41
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$67
$71.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$26
$19.6
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.18
$0.87
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.4
$2.31
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.6
$2.4
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.3
$2.64
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.84
$2.52
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13
$8.57
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.87
$18.2
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$18.1
$6.35
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.91
$3.09
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.5
$1.09
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.16
$1.31
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.29
$6.81
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.93
$3.05
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.28
$0.89
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.6
$0.35
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.59
$2.21
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$8.76
$6.37
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.01
$2.74
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.97
$2.44
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.5
$3.32
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.65
$2.9
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.52
$1.46
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.82
$4.28
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$56
$23.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12.5
$4.05
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$34.4
$20.2
💇 Haircut, simple
$17
$4.21
👖 Brand Jeans
$47.5
$30.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$59.8
$61.1
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$331
$111
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$11700
$3454

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Cities Comparison in Japan vs North Korea

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Japan

City Cost of living Population
Tokyo
$1698
14M
Yokohama
$1653
3.76M
Osaka
$1295
2.75M
Nagoya
$1337
2.33M
Kawasaki
$1133
1.54M
Kobe
$1305
1.51M
Sapporo
$1140
1.96M
Kyoto
$1163
1.46M
Hiroshima
$1227
1.2M
Fukuoka
$1234
1.6M
Sendai
$1128
1.06M
Yokosuka
$1133
390K
Kitakyushu
$1049
935K
Sakai
$1220
824K
Chiba
$1395
982K
Saitama
$1179
1.32M
Kumamoto
$1200
738K
Okayama
$1155
720K
Sagamihara
$1153
726K
Shizuoka
$1057
686K
Kagoshima
$1170
594K
Funabashi
$1170
641K
Kashiwa
$999
434K
Kawaguchi
$1085
593K
Hachioji
$1234
576K
Utsunomiya
$1136
518K
Niigata
$1034
791K
Hamamatsu
$1232
788K
Himeji
$1164
528K
Kanazawa
$924
462K

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