Cost of living

The FDFA monitors prices in the 175 cities in which Switzerland has a representation. The data are collected in March and September, and the survey encompasses around 200 goods and services (excluding accommodation costs, social security contributions and tax). The basis for comparison is Bern.

Emigrants who are interested in a comparison to one particular country, can write an e-mail to

UBS Switzerland surveys prices and salaries in several major business locations around the world. It calculates the costs for a family with West European consumption standards (122 goods and services, main suppliers, average price range). The UBS index is therefore suitable for expatriates living in an urban environment. The basis for comparison is Zurich.
Prices and salaries

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) calculates a monthly purchasing power parity comparison for its 30 member states, based on officially published salaries and consumer prices in each country. Exchange rate fluctuations are statistically levelled out. The OECD index can be used as a means of assessing living costs for people who are familiar with the country they are living in.

Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs) Data

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