Cost of living in North Korea

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 6,442 ₩
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,000 ₩
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 1,000 ₩
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,000 ₩
12 eggs, large 1,680 ₩
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 1,000 ₩
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 2,000 ₩
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,000 ₩
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 648 ₩
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 337 ₩
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,000 ₩
2 liters of Coca-Cola 456 ₩
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 520 ₩
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area -
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,800,000 ₩
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat -
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area -
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio -
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) -
40” flat screen TV -
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) -
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 786 ₩
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,000 ₩
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) -
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) -
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) -
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes -
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 786 ₩
Monthly ticket public transport 52,675 ₩
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 786 ₩
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 1,000 ₩
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 786 ₩
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 983 ₩
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 786 ₩
4 rolls of toilet paper 786 ₩
Tube of toothpaste 786 ₩
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city -
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub -
2 tickets to the movies -
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert -
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,000 ₩
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 786 ₩
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 786 ₩
iPod nano 16GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 786 ₩
1 month of gym membership in business district -
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 786 ₩

Map of Cost of Living in North Korea

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This map shows only the top cities in North Korea. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Pyongyang costs 1,000 ₩ (5 days ago)
  • 12 doses box of antibiotics in Pyongyang costs 15 ₩ (9 days ago)
  • 1 imp. gal of gasoline in Pyongyang costs 2,199,690 ₩ (9 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Pyongyang costs 70 ₩ (9 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Pyongyang costs 50 ₩ (9 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Pyongyang costs 20 ₩ (10 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Pyongyang costs 250 ₩ (10 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Pyongyang costs 150 ₩ (10 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Pyongyang costs 100 ₩ (10 days ago)
  • 250 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Pyongyang costs 200 ₩ (10 days ago)