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Cost of Living in Switzerland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Dec 19, 2023

Summary: The cost of living in Switzerland is generally high, with prices for goods and services being higher than in many other countries. The cost of a nice 1 bedroom apartment in Switzerland can range from around $1,500 to $2,500 per month, while a nice 2 bedroom apartment can range from around $2,000 to $3,500 per month. The cost of dinner at a moderately priced restaurant in Switzerland can range from around $20 to $50 per person.

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Is the cost of living in Switzerland high?

We asked people how much they someone comfortably live on in Switzerland, they wrote:

"The cost of living in Switzerland is relatively high compared to many other countries. Goods and services cost more overall compared to some other parts of Europe, but wages tend to be significantly higher to balance this out. The cost of food, particularly fresh produce, is typically more expensive in Switzerland than it is in other countries. Accommodation in Switzerland is also generally significantly more expensive than elsewhere. Transportation costs, such as public transport, can also be quite high," wrote a person living in Switzerland.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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