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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 90.58
Rent Index: 45.84
Groceries Index: 70.38
Restaurants Index: 106.77
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 68.86
Local Purchasing Power: 100.49

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 €
12.50
19.78
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 €
43.00
80.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 7.00 €
6.00
7.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 4.00 €
3.93
5.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 3.45 €
2.91
4.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.67 €
2.41
3.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.10 €
1.50
2.50
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.94 €
1.50
2.50
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 0.84 €
0.70
1.10
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 1.47 €
1.00
1.95
Rice (white), (1kg) 1.51 €
1.00
2.00
Eggs (12) 2.00 €
1.50
2.50
Local Cheese (1kg) 9.14 €
7.23
12.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 6.73 €
5.40
10.00
Apples (1kg) 2.01 €
1.50
3.00
Oranges (1kg) 2.27 €
1.61
3.00
Tomato (1kg) 1.98 €
1.00
3.00
Potato (1kg) 1.46 €
0.80
2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 0.96 €
0.80
1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.85 €
0.50
1.20
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.00 €
4.82
5.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.96 €
0.80
1.25
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 1.47 €
1.00
2.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 6.00 €
6.00
6.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.80 €
2.60
2.80
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 €
79.00
89.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.90 €
2.89
5.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 2.12 €
2.03
2.50
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 21.00 €
20.40
35.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.76 €
1.65
1.80
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,905.00 €
19,000.00
26,591.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 157.49 €
130.00
221.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.21 €
0.12
0.29
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 24.56 €
15.00
35.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 33.04 €
20.00
45.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 19.00 €
15.00
25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 €
9.00
11.50
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 86.53 €
70.00
100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 35.61 €
25.00
45.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 92.86 €
70.00
120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 117.33 €
70.00
150.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,108.09 €
850.00
1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 751.27 €
500.00
1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,729.75 €
1,500.00
2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,241.04 €
1,000.00
1,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 4,820.00 €
4,000.00
5,500.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 3,112.50 €
2,900.00
3,500.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 2,352.08 €
1,800.00
3,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.08
3.50
4.50

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Last update: November, 2014

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21 Comments so far

#ganny on Oct 20, 2014 :
hi I some imformation im a Malaysian live in Hawaii usa almost 25 year im planning to move to retherland to start a small business like handy man 24 hour x 7 day a week. do have any idea the netherland allowed me to have thew business
#Anonymous on Jun 30, 2014 :
I am interested in moving to Armen. What is the housing cost to rent in Armen? Health care for expats, do I need health care or can I pay as I go?
#subha on May 08, 2014 :
i would like know ,, how much is the cost for a new flat around amsterdam ,,or any other small town ,, is it 2 lakh - 2.5 lakh EURO ?? what about in small town ??
#Koen on Apr 11, 2014 :
@Vabby and Linnie

I would say that is enough to live from. But it all depends on where you want to live (in the center area renting will cost you approximately 1500-2000 euro's a month for a house of 100m2), inside the center it is more expensive and outside the center you can count on 1000-1500 per month. If you want to buy, you should think of a price of 500.000-700.000 in the center for a standard family home (again in the center), outside the center you will pay appr. 300.000-400.000. Food will cost you 200 euro's per month per person (only buying at supermarket). And utilities will cost around 300 per household. Going to primary and high school is relatively cheap (maybe a few hundred euros a year), but going to university is more expensive (appr. 2000 euros a year). Extra's like eating at a restaurant will cost you 30-40 per person. Most people (age 20-30) in the center live of around 1500-2000 euro's per month. With children it becomes doable from appr. 3000-4000. Again, this is for living in the center of Amsterdam. And it all depends on your own lifestyle.
#Ozkan on Apr 02, 2014 :
Hi, I got a job offer as an engineer from amsterdam. how much many could I ask for salery (without tax)?
#Vabby on Mar 27, 2014 :
Hi, I am from india getting an offer of around 70000 Euros in amsterdam. Will that be good to live a good life with parents, wife and kids
#Linnie Krysch on Nov 26, 2013 :
I'm retied with an income of 61,000 usd yearly. Could I make it there in Amsterdam?
#Robert on Nov 26, 2013 :
I am retired and total cash income is 61,000 usd ayear.Would I be able to live there with this income?
#amouni on Aug 20, 2013 :
Can I find job easley in Netherlands my career is a( barber).is it easy to get human refuge there if I go with my wife ?
#johnjs on May 19, 2013 :
What are the demographics (%), ie.age, males, females, race ,religion, etc.?
#Ange on May 03, 2013 :
I don't want to be rude, but surely this forum requires just a little more attention to spelling? The other information is helpful if it can be deciphered..uno wharrI meen?
#Thomas on Mar 19, 2013 :
@Violet

Average price of a whole canal house in the western canal zone is roughly 2.000.000 a 2.500.000 euro.

Finding student residence in A'dam is really tough and prices are sky-high, most of them are atleast 500 per month for only a room of 14 square meters. The further you go out of the center, the cheaper it will get. But there are some neighbourhoods that could be considered unsafe.
#Violet on Mar 12, 2013 :
I'm an American who will be moving to Amsterdam to attend UVA for graduate school in the fall. Can someone give me an idea of how expensive that area is? How safe is it? Is it a nice place to live? Do people like Americans?

Also, just out of curiosity, how much does a canal house cost? (near the university)
#vilas on Feb 26, 2013 :
The other side of grass looks always green.Amsterdam is a he'll
70% peoples are living under poverty line there is a voedselbank where peoples stand in a Que hiding tahir faces not only jonkys but working coupels who can't afford to pay thair bills there is a minimum wage 1350€ out of 50% goes for rent 2 room apartment, 79€ tram monthly pass,155€ medical card (ziekenfond)
52€for upc tv internet 120€ gas electricity +- 50€ Mobile abonement 150-200for groceries if u r smoking 150€ cigarettes ,+-50€ weekend=200 per month
if u have a car +-100 € permonth (here I confuse because idont have a car)
if u buy things on instalments like fridge, washing machine etc. +-50/100€
since u r earning minimum wages 1350 to 1450€ you will gone mad paying your bills thay give from one hand and taking back from another people's who came andhand moreover if u dont pay the bills thay give it to incasso (recovering agency) or duurwaarder ( people's who comes and takes everything u have your whole household your respect your dignity all thay take and put u on the street for this u dont have to be a jonky this happens with good working peoples too
Nederland is good for one person who like to stay alone
the result is that there are 68000 official registered homosexual are living here.
they give millions of there money to another countries when there own citizens are suffering a lot.
#Matt on Dec 16, 2012 :
Please consider to include items like: cost of daycare, schooling etc. The Netherlands is becoming highly expensive for parents with daycare running up to 1800 eur per month for 5 days a week. In Luxemburg it is a mere 300-400 euros, with muh higher salaries.
#Sammy m james on Dec 13, 2012 :
i want to move out there, it's so amasing..people out there are so happy and calm and they help one another out, unlike here its crap. ive been out there at least 3 times only for weekends but i love the netherlands!! all i want to know is how much it is to buy a place out there a small 2 bed flat or 2 bed house either in mokennimdam or in the city centre? also love the left handed vehicals cos im a lefty!! woohoo lol, im going out there agen in 2013 to have a look if there are any apartments out there, i no there are jobs out there cos of all the factory work and so on also i am a qualified beauty therapist and my boyfriend is a qualified bricklayer.. he's going out to germany in the summer 2013.
#Ted on Nov 13, 2012 :
The Median Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) is not realistic. A lot of people in Amsterdam earn between €1.300 and €1.600 after taxing. People with working experience and a University degree often earn around €2.000 or more after tax, but this is less than half of the population.

#siniss on Nov 01, 2012 :
Im planing to move in Holland,i want now is easy find some job,i finish plumber scool, please help greetings.
#SuperGast on Oct 08, 2012 :
A few years ago there was some kind of "Supermarket Price War" going on and that means that the prices are pretty much the same as 10 years ago.

Because Holland is an exporting country due the large agriculture the prices are pretty descent. Also there is no cartel between supermarkets or other forms of large scale corruption.
#Ike on Jul 09, 2012 :
Hey #Jim, I JUST got back from Netherlands and compared to France and Italy, the food prices were by far the cheapest and the food was fantastic!
#Jim on Jun 29, 2012 :
I'm actually surprised at the proce of food being pretty decent....

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