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michealo

« on: January 02, 2011, 11:02 »
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I thought it would be interesting to compare costs of living around the world, I'll start

Ireland
Currency Euro
Minimum wage €7.65

Pint (568 ml) of beer - €4
Cinema ticket -  €9
Rent for a two bedroom apartment per month - €800
Visit to the doctor - €50
Cappuccino - €2.50

If you have other ones I am happy to edit this post to add them


lagereek

« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2011, 11:33 »
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Sweden.   10 kronas= 1 Euro.

Dont know what the min wages is but here you go. and in Euro. in Stockholm.

pint of lager: 6 Euro.

small espresso: 3 Euro.

two bedroom flat inside Stockholm.  900 Euro/month.

one stop on the underground.  2 Euro.

pack of ciggies.  5 Euro.

1. litre of petrol:  1.5. Euro.

« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2011, 11:36 »
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Romania
currency - Leu

0.5l of ber - 3-7 lei (0.8-1.75 eur)
cinema ticket - 15-25 lei (4-6 eur)
rent for a two bedroom apartment per month (depending on size of the city etc)
                   2-300 eur
cappuccino - 2-5 lei (0.5 - 1.2 eur)

« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2011, 11:36 »
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Ok, here I go:
Montreal (Canada)
Currency $CA. (=$US these days)
Minimum wage 9.50$

Pint (568 ml) of beer - 6$
Cinema ticket -  11$
Rent for a two bedroom apartment per month - 800$. (+/-)
Visit to the doctor - 0$
Cappuccino - 5$

And I'll add regular gas:  1.15$/liter


Claude

« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2011, 12:38 »
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Houston, Texas USA
Currency US dollars

Minimum wage - $7.65

Beer - $4
Cinema ticket - $10
Rent on 2 bedroom apt - $800-$1200
Visit ti dr - $25 (with insurance)
Cappuccino - $5

Gas per gallon - $2.80

« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2011, 13:07 »
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Small town in Norway
Currency NOK (8NOK=1EURO)

Minimum wage - We don't have it, but the unions make sure that no one makes less than 10-15 Euro/hour. The starting salary at McDonalds is 15 Euro.

Beer - 10 Euro
Cinema ticket - 10 Euro
Rent on 2 bedroom apt - 600 Euro
Visit to dr/hospital - approx 20 Euro, but no more than 250 Euro a year, including medicins and transportation.
Cappuccino - 3-4 Euro

Petrol/liter - 1.5 Euro

« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2011, 13:14 »
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Philippines (Southern)
Currency PHP (converted to USD)

Minimum wage 0.85$ (college graduates, industry) 0.55$ (agriculture, fastfood)
Pint (500 ml) of beer 0.75$
Cinema ticket -  1.5$ (not advisable due to loud SMS ringtones all the time)
Rent for a two bedroom apartment in guarded compound per month - 200$ (60 sq m)
Visa fee (+ bribes) 45$ per month
Visit to the doctor ?
Cappuccino 3.5$ (Starbucks) 1.5$ (elsewhere)
Pack of 20 long filter cigs 0.43$
Booze (35%) 750cc 1.5$
Public transport ride 0.15$ - taxi ride (5km) 1.5$
Fuel 1.30$/l
« Last Edit: January 02, 2011, 13:16 by FD-regular »

« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2011, 13:25 »
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Welcome back FD

"Visa fee (+ bribes) 45$ per month"  . . . .  you are kidding, right . . I guess not.  :)

« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2011, 13:35 »
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"Visa fee (+ bribes) 45$ per month"  . . . .  you are kidding, right . . I guess not.  :)
No I'm not.  ;) I could tell much more to the point you wouldn't believe me, but I learned one lesson well: Vivons cachιs, vivons heureux.
« Last Edit: January 02, 2011, 13:38 by FD-regular »

« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2011, 13:39 »
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"Visa fee (+ bribes) 45$ per month"  . . . .  you are kidding, right . . I guess not.  :)
No I'm not.  ;)

Thinking about living the good life in Thailand in a few years, I guess I will include that in my budget.

« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2011, 14:01 »
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http://www.travelspender.nl/#/android/demo
In Dutch, sorry, but it works great  :)
Gives you prices for a lot of countries.
(Biertje = Beer)

lisafx

« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2011, 16:57 »
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Houston, Texas USA
Currency US dollars

Minimum wage - $7.65

Beer - $4
Cinema ticket - $10
Rent on 2 bedroom apt - $800-$1200
Visit ti dr - $25 (with insurance)
Cappuccino - $5

Gas per gallon - $2.80

Pretty much the same here in Florida, except the min. wage is $7.25.

On the "visit to the doctor - $25" one, though, I would add a qualifier.  We pay $300 per person, per month (so $900/month) for the damned medical insurance  >:(

« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2011, 17:59 »
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^We pay about $300 per month for insurance through my hubby's job.

donding

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« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2011, 18:02 »
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No insurance....was $1800.00 a month for hubbie and me two and a half years ago so no telling what it would be now.

Doctor...125.00
Specialist....200.00

« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2011, 19:10 »
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^
I pay about $500 a month for health care through taxes (7-10% are tied directly to health care). Hubby earns less, so he pays less. Any and all health care for the kids is free.

« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2011, 19:38 »
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I'll be using today's currency exchange rates: US$1=R$1.66 and  €1=R$2.22

I thought it would be interesting to compare costs of living around the world, I'll start

Ireland
Currency Euro
Minimum wage €7.65    R$3.06=US$1.85=€1.38   (considering 22 days and 8h/day)

Pint (568 ml) of beer - €4   R$4=US$2.41=€1.8   (350ml)
Cinema ticket -  €9   R$17=US$10.24=€7.66   (early weekend session)
Rent for a two bedroom apartment per month - €800   R$1000=US$600=€450   (rental only, doesn't include gas/water/light/personnel/maintenance/taxes; can be easily twice as that in better located areas, and cheaper if you don't mind living far from the coastal neighbourhoods)
Visit to the doctor - €50   R$200=US$121=€91   (my ophtalmologist, which is not in my medical plan; my share in a doctor from my medical plan is R$40; my mother's doctors charged twice as that)
Cappuccino - €2.50   R$5=US$3.01=€2.25   (average on two places I know)

gas per liter   R$2.70=US$1.63=€1.23  
gas per gallon   R$10.22=US$6.16=€4.60  (1 gallon = 3.785 liters)


in the supermarket:
1 liter of Coke  R$2.90=US$1.74=€1.30  
1.5 liter of mineral water R$1.80=US$1.08=€0.81  

private secondary school (because public ones here suck)
R$1200/month=US$723=€541  (not the top ones)  



« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2011, 20:27 »
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When you see what we pay on Long Island, NY you'll think we're absolutely crazy for living here.  Of course the salaries in many case are higher too, but it's really starting to spiral out of control and we have no intention of retiring here.  In the US the cost of many basic expenses can vary wildly so it's possible to find retirement living at a better cost.  Many of the smaller expenses listing are things I don't spend on so I couldn't really say what a movie costs, or a pint of beer costs, but here are a few costs to make your head spin.

Rental apt - 1 bedroom, 1 bath, approx. $1200 a month
Small, older starter home (was probably a summer cottage 40 years ago) about $350,000 and probably NOT updated with newer appliances and bathroom fixtures. 
Property taxes about $8000 - $12,000 a year to cover schools, police, fire department, road and street lighting, trash services, etc.
Electric - $120 a month (if you're frugal - can reach $400 a month in the summer if you have central air conditioning)
Cable and Internet - about $120 a month for broadcast and basic - if you want the movie channels and other bells and whistles add more, and they are moving to all digital - if we want to add that to all the TV's in the house (required if we want any reception at all on those units) it will be another $8.00 per unit per month

Gas is about $3.50 a gallon right now
Fuel Oil for heating - about the same
Our health insurance runs about $6800 a year plus co-pay expenses and dental is not included but I have to say it is really good coverage.
Of course we're just a few miles from the ocean, and an hour away from New York City so there are other advantages.  If our jobs didn't keep us tied here and retirement wasn't that far off we'd be heading for other areas.

jbarber873

« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2011, 20:45 »
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So far, Romania is looking pretty good! I'm not sure I'm up for the guarded compound in the Philippines ( although I did live in the east village in NYC in the seventies, when a guarded compound would have come in handy). And I easily paid that much a month in bribes, but we called them "tips".
But anyway, here in Connecticut, it's just about the same as others have reported for the US.
Maybe I should start studying Romanian!

« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2011, 21:37 »
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Portugal (Lisbon, capital)
Currency Euro
Minimum wage €465 (month)

Pint (33 ml) of beer - €1
Cinema ticket -  €5.5
Rent for a two bedroom apartment per month - €500
Visit to the doctor ? from 5 (public fee) to 100 (private).. around 150 for insurance
Cappuccino ? around 1

« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2011, 21:45 »
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Here in St John, USVI the prices can be borderline rediculous. The locals call this place the "wild west" for good reason, prices vary a lot depending on unknown factors.

Gas -$3.80 USD gallon
livable 1BR, $1,500.00+ month, 2BR $2,000+ month
avg home price- 1.4 million
power-40cents a KWH last month, but it varies... for comparison: Florida is about 11cents a KWH, central air would run $500+ a month.
internet $100.00 for 1.5MB service  ???
satellite $100.00
carton of strawberries -$6.00-$15.00, stagering prices for any fresh fruit or veggies.
oil change for car-$100.00
Sandwich for lunch-$10.00+
Avg dinner-$30.00 plate

Most things on the Island are 30-40% higher than in the states.
There are a few things that are cheap: good rum is $10.00 a gallon (made in St Croix) and cigarettes are $24.00 a carton (10 packs), due to the lack of tax.

« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2011, 23:56 »
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Australia
The Australian dollar has gone throught the roof at the moment sitting at around $1UD for 1AUD. Not that long ago it was about 0.6USD for 1 AUD. So for visitors stuff is 40% more expensive. Imports have got a bit cheaper


Currency Australian Dollar
Minimum wage $15

Schooner (425 ml) of beer - at the pub $4.50 ish wide variation depending on where.
Cinema ticket -  $15
Rent for a two bedroom apartment per month - $1200 (Capital cities would be much higher than this.)
Visit to the doctor - can be free if you want to go and line up for a long time, about $25 out of pocket to go to my doctor.
Cappuccino - $3.50
1 LT petrol = $1.20-1.40

« Reply #21 on: January 03, 2011, 00:47 »
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Malaysia.

Fresh graduate income = $500 usd.
Manager level income = $2000 usd.

Average cost of living = $500 per month.

traveler1116

« Reply #22 on: January 03, 2011, 03:44 »
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Malaysia.

Fresh graduate income = $500 usd.
Manager level income = $2000 usd.

Average cost of living = $500 per month.
Sounds good I'm thinking about moving there.

lagereek

« Reply #23 on: January 03, 2011, 04:26 »
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No matter what I think we are going to find Norway the most costly, I heard somewhere that Oslo, Tokyo, London and Stockholm, tops the list of costs.

« Reply #24 on: January 03, 2011, 04:32 »
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jbarber873 you are right, maybe here are the cheapest products in Romania but we also have very small earnings, if you understand.
There are a lot of romanians forced to live with the minimum salary, that would be 600 lei, around 200$ per month. The medium salary is around 1200-1500 lei, or 4-500$ monthly. That's not much money!

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