North Korea vs Russia - Cost of Living Comparison

North Korea Russia
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1554
$868
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3778
$2161
🏠 One person rent
$881
$416
🏘️ Family rent
$1903
$754
🍽️ Food expenses
$493
$299
🚐 Transport expenses
$126
$60.2
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$342
$805
💸 GDP per capita
$1700
$10127
😃 Human freedom index
1.4
6.23
❤️ Life expectancy
72.5
71.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
16
29
🌐 English speaking %
0%
11.8%
🎓 Higher education
23
85
😀 Quality of life
14
52
🏙️ Population
25.5M
147M

The average cost of living in North Korea ($1554) is 79% more expensive than in Russia ($868). North Korea ranked 23rd vs 85th for Russia in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.2 months in North Korea compared to 0.9 months in Russia. Ranked 193rd and 81st best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in North Korea vs Russia

We calculate prices for North Korea and Russia as a population-weighted mean of 24 and 122 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.

North Korea Russia
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$9.11
$8.31
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$112
$36.1
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.06
$5.62
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.66
$2.51
 Cappuccino
$1.67
$2.54
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.6
$1.1
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$794
$458
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$726
$306
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2790
$894
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1447
$572
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$84.2
$71.3
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$130
$109
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$56.9
$8.43
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
11.79%
10.66%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1235
$3247
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$723
$2070
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.41
$0.59
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$71.9
$26.7
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$19.6
$5.54
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.87
$0.8
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$2.31
$1.17
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.4
$0.68
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.64
$1.27
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.52
$1.67
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.57
$11.4
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$18.2
$5.21
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.35
$9.72
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.09
$1.81
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.09
$1.63
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.31
$1.92
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.81
$2.92
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.05
$0.93
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.89
$0.8
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.35
$0.5
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.21
$1.87
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$6.37
$9.02
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.74
$1.1
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.44
$2.78
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$3.32
$6.96
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.9
$3.64
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.46
$1.36
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$4.28
$1.71
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$23.2
$38.8
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$4.05
$5.33
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$20.2
$23.3
💇 Haircut, simple
$4.21
$8.06
👖 Brand Jeans
$30.8
$84.9
👟 Brand Sneakers
$61.1
$100
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$111
$367
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$3454
$6764

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Cities Comparison in North Korea vs Russia

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

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

In Russia

City Cost of living Population
Moscow
$1337
12.7M
Saint Petersburg
$1164
5.38M
Yekaterinburg
$797
1.47M
Novosibirsk
$883
1.6M
Krasnoyarsk
$775
1.08M
Nizhny Novgorod
$864
1.26M
Kazan
$853
1.24M
Samara
$747
1.17M
Perm
$699
1.05M
Ufa
$709
1.12M
Voronezh
$667
1.05M
Rostov-on-Don
$806
1.13M
Tomsk
$583
573K
Chelyabinsk
$564
1.2M
Omsk
$621
1.18M
Tyumen
$779
745K
Krasnodar
$723
881K
Volgograd
$676
1.02M
Vladivostok
$998
607K
Saratov
$686
845K
Surgut
$849
361K
Khabarovsk
$929
616K
Balashikha
$807
451K
Sterlitamak
$852
280K
Tolyatti
$677
686K
Irkutsk
$719
624K
Sochi
$959
412K
Yaroslavl
$573
608K
Izhevsk
$595
646K
Yakutsk
$944
312K