Luxembourg vs Paris

Posted: 27/08/2011 in Economics, Travel
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As I am moving to Luxembourg soon, this post is a small comparison between Paris and Luxembourg.

General Information

Luxembourg Paris
Area 51.46 km2 105.4 km2
Population 88,586 2,193,031
Density 1,721.5/km2 20,807 /km2


Weather comparison (temperature in degrees [min;max])

Month Luxembourg Paris
Jan  [-1; 2]  [2;6]
Feb  [-1; 4]  [1;8]
Mar  [1; 8]  [3;11]
Apr  [3;12]  [5;14]
May  [7;17]  [8;18]
Jun  [10;20]  [11;22]
Jul  [12;22]  [13;24]
Aug  [12;21]  [13;24]
Sep  [9;18]  [11;21]
Oct  [6;13]  [8;16]
Nov  [1;7]  [4;10]
Dec  [0;3]  [2;7]

In general, Paris has a better weather.
Paris has as temperature average per year: [8.5 ; 15.5] temperature interval with 649.6 mm of precipitation in 111.5 days.
Luxembourg’s average per year: [4.7 ; 12.3] temperature interval with 875.6 mm of precipitation in 182.3 days.

Cost of Living comparison

LUX

Paris

%

Food (4% more expensive in Lux. Than in Paris)

-4%

Daily menu in business district

13.50 €

15.02 €

10%

Big Mac Meal

7.33 €

6.60 €

-11%

1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of chicken breast

5.50 €

5.03 €

-9%

1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk

1.13 €

1.26 €

10%

500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese

7.00 €

5.15 €

-36%

1 kg (2 lb.) of apples

3.50 €

2.56 €

-37%

2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes

2.50 €

2.42 €

-3%

0.5 l (16 oz) beer in the supermarket

1.40 €

1.47 €

5%

2 l Coke

1.83 €

1.67 €

-10%

bread for 2 people 1 day

1.40 €

1.03 €

-36%

Housing (2% cheaper in Lux. than in Paris)

2%

monthly rent for a 85 m2 furnished
apartment in expensive area of the city

1 429.00 €

1 540.00 €

7%

Internet 8MB (1 month)

33.00 €

30.00 €

-9%

40” flat screen TV

687.00 €

687.00 €

-1%

utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …)

110.00 €

63.00 €

-74%

Clothes (5% cheaper in Lux. than in Paris)

5%

1 pair of Levis 501

85.00 €

95.00 €

11%

1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, …)

31.00 €

33.00 €

7%

1 pair of Adidas trainers

84.00 €

74.00 €

-14%

1 pair of average business shoes

100.00 €

102.00 €

2%

Transportation (19% cheaper in Lux. than in Paris )

19%

Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel., with no extras

21 180.00 €

22 220.00 €

5%

1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas

1.28 €

1.30 €

1%

monthly ticket public transport

45.00 €

60.00 €

26%

Personal Care (1% cheaper in lux. than in Paris)

1%

medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, …)

10.00 €

6.75 €

-48%

1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, …)

4.00 €

4.50 €

11%

4 rolls of toilet paper

2.14 €

Tube of toothpaste

2.30 €

2.55 €

10%

Standard men’s haircut in expat area of the city

20.00 €

23.00 €

13%

Entertainment (16% cheaper in Lux. than in Paris)

16%

2 tickets to the movies

16.50 €

19.38 €

15%

2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)

29.00 €

50.00 €

42%

dinner out for 2 in Italian restaurant with wine and dessert

73.00 €

60.00 €

-22%

basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub

39.00 €

36.00 €

-8%

1 cocktail drink in downtown club

9.00 €

9.89 €

9%

1 beer in neighbourhood pub

2.12 €

5.02 €

58%

iPod nano 8GB (6th generation)

135.00 €

151.00 €

10%

1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)

0.11 €

0.40 €

72%

1 month of gym in business district

79.00 €

75.00 €

-5%

1 package of Marlboro cigarretes

4.38 €

5.74 €

24%

TOTAL (Luxembourg is 7% cheaper than in Paris)

7%


In general, Luxembourg is cheaper than Paris for at least 7%.
This is confirmed by the Mercer’s cost of living chart where Paris is ranked as 27th most expensive city in the world, however Luxembourg does not figure in the first 50 chart.

Here is another pessage found on university of Luxembourg website:

By way of comparison, here is a summary ranking of the cost of living in 150 cities throughout the world. The calculations were based on an index of 100 for New York:

Paris has an index of 97.9,
Brussels 85.3,
Geneva 107.5
Luxembourg 87.1.

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