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Cost Of Living: Where Does UK Stand Compared To India

As Britons continue to get squeezed by problems of low wages, dearer shopping bills, and escalating costs of energy, it will be of little surprise to hear you say that the ordinary folk of the country have been given a pretty bad deal.

Take the example of the findings of a recent financial study, which revealed that running a family car in the UK costs as much as £1000 more than anywhere else in the world.

In a totally unrelated survey, it was found that a large section of the British population at present comprises of Indians. The main reasons for this severe migration have been attributed to better living standards, more opportunities for a prosperous career, and a fatter package compared to what they can earn back home.

However, that was the scenario up until last decade, and things are fast changing with cost of living in UK rapidly rising. Though India continues to fall in the bracket of developing countries, life back home has considerably improved.

So sit back and enjoy as we take you on a journey of how UK fares as compared to India as far as cost of living in the two nations is concerned.


Britain has witnessed an annual 10% rise in electric charges on average but the country is not the most expensive in terms of energy costs. Every unit of electricity in UK costs 12p while other European nations such as Denmark and Germany have to shell out 25p and 21p respectively. Electricity supply in India may be sporadic at best, but the cost of every unit is a meagre 5p.


Weekly shopping bills in UK have witnessed an increase by 4.4% annually. That is not to say that India has been free from price rise with inflation hitting the country hard. Yet, a comparison of prices in the two countries shows that everything in the Island nation costs a lot.

A loaf of fresh white bread, a litre of milk, and a kg of local cheese purchased in the UK costs £8.92 while in India you can purchase the same for as little as £4.29. In terms of staples, a kg of white rice in UK costs £1.55 but in India it is as little as £0.55. You can argue that India produces rice in large quantities where as much of it has to be imported by UK. On the flip side, India imports Marlboro cigarettes from UK where every pack is priced at £8.94 and yet a pack in the subcontinent costs only £1.97!

The cost of living in UK can reach phenomenal proportions if you plan to take your family out for dinner, even in a mid-scale restaurant. A three-course meal for two will put you back by an astonishing £50. In India it will cost you only £9.84!


Refilling the tank of your car is a constant pain in the side for motorists in UK. Prices have almost doubled over the past decade and today, it stands at £1.18 for every unleaded litre of petrol. Taking the alternate option of public transport won’t spare a hole being burnt through your pocket as UK has the most expensive public transport system in the world.

In contrast, motorists in India are laughing their way to the fuel stations where a litre of petrol is only £0.66. Public transport, consequently, is fairly cheap!

True, your salary in Indian rupees is likely to pale in comparison to what your cousin is earning in British pounds. Indians have an average monthly salary of £360.79 while a Briton earns £1940.55 in the same period. Nevertheless, the higher cost of living in UK means that in terms of annual savings, Indians have the edge.

No wonder many are returning to their homelands while others are having second thoughts about going North of the English Channel.

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