Switzerland, an expensive country?
Switzerland has a reputation for being an expensive country. This cliché is occasionally true, but frequently misleading. On the contrary, the cost of living in Lausanne is actually quite reasonable. This particularly applies in the case of rents, both residential and commercial. It is true that prices in Switzerland are high in comparison with other countries. Nevertheless, they remain well below those with which Londoners, for example, are familiar. And the real purchasing power of the Swiss is one of the best in absolute terms. Along with Dubliners and Luxembourgers, wage earners in Swiss towns are able to buy the most for the number of hours worked. How much does a Lausannois earn? How much does he pay to rent or buy his home? How much does a coffee, a beer, a restaurant meal cost? The answers in figures.
Office d’appui économique et statistique
Service de l'économie
Rue du Port-Franc
Case postale 5354
Phone +41 21 315 24 39
Fax +41 21 315 20 04
tl 18: Port-Franc; tl: Chauderon
m1: Vigie; m2 Lausanne-Flon