Switzerland vs United Arab Emirates - Cost of Living Comparison

Switzerland United Arab Emirates
🚶 Cost of living one person
$2507
$1660
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$6465
$3704
🏠 One person rent
$1351
$1050
🏘️ Family rent
$2468
$1827
🍽️ Food expenses
$806
$374
🚐 Transport expenses
$127
$112
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$6135
$3128
💸 GDP per capita
$87100
$36285
😃 Human freedom index
9.11
6.06
❤️ Life expectancy
83.1
78.1
👮 Corruption perceptions index
84
69
🌐 English speaking %
61.3%
65%
🎓 Higher education
98
68
😀 Quality of life
85
80
🏙️ Population
8.47M
9.89M

The average cost of living in Switzerland ($2507) is 51% more expensive than in the United Arab Emirates ($1660). Switzerland ranked 3rd vs 21st for the United Arab Emirates in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.4 months in Switzerland compared to 1.9 months in the United Arab Emirates. Ranked 3rd and 10th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Switzerland vs the United Arab Emirates

We calculate prices for Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates as a population-weighted mean of 50 and 9 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.

Switzerland United Arab Emirates
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$22.8
$8.09
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$103
$50.3
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$15.4
$7.63
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$6.69
$10.1
 Cappuccino
$4.95
$4.86
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$4.22
$0.89
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1419
$1173
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1103
$777
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2700
$2007
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2091
$1473
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$129
$97.5
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$199
$151
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$55.7
$95.8
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.47%
4.2%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$12711
$3532
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$8175
$2461
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.87
$1.29
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$85.4
$56.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$39.7
$8.73
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.95
$0.94
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.69
$1.7
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$3.04
$1.19
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.87
$1.73
🥚 Eggs, x12
$6.49
$2.84
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$21.7
$9.6
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$25
$6.93
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$43.7
$10.5
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.91
$2.16
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.81
$1.69
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.24
$1.6
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4
$1.35
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.58
$1.01
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.46
$0.85
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.75
$0.38
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.76
$2.11
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$14
$12.9
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.23
$2.89
🚬 Cigarette pack
$8.99
$5.59
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$16.7
$7.3
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.17
$5.08
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$3.75
$3.16
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.65
$3.29
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$81.3
$68.3
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$19.7
$11.9
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$127
$69.5
💇 Haircut, simple
$34.6
$10.3
👖 Brand Jeans
$108
$54.9
👟 Brand Sneakers
$122
$81.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$2247
$523
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$24364
$9042

Cities Comparison in Switzerland vs the United Arab Emirates

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

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

In the United Arab Emirates

City Cost of living Population
Dubai
$1899
2.5M
Abu Dhabi
$1963
1.48M
Sharjah
$1360
1.25M
Al Ain
$1448
767K
Ajman
$871
490K
Fujairah
$1095
97.2K
Ras al-Khaimah
$1376
116K
Umm al-Quwain
$1053
44.4K
Madinat Zayed
$1297
29.1K