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Cost of living: Malaysia vs France

The cost of living France vs Malaysia

You may want to live in France or Malaysia and wonder about the cost of living of these two countries. Lucky for you in this article, we are going to give an idea of the cost of living of these two countries to help you choose.

Hey guys, we are Roman and Fizah, we have been living in Malaysia for the past three years now. I am originally from France and as far as I know, the cost of living in France is way more expensive than in Malaysia. Even though incomes are higher.

Accommodation / Rent / Buy

Renting a house in France is very expensive compared to Malaysia! I am originally from a little city on the seaside called “Les Sables d’Olonne” located on the West coast of France but for the purpose of this article, we will compare Kuala-Lumpur vs Paris.

Rent Studio apartment Kuala-Lumpur:

rent a studio in Kuala-Lumpur
Cost of living: Malaysia vs France

Rent studio apartment in Paris:

rent a studio in Paris

Buy a 3 bedrooms apartment in Kuala-Lumpur:

buy 3 bedrooms KL
Cost of living: Malaysia vs France

Buy 3 bedrooms apartment in Paris:

Buy 3 bedrooms paris

Restaurant

Standard (not fancy) Kuala-Lumpur

In Malaysia, they have what they call here “Mamak” which is a local restaurant. Let’s see what we can get for two people.

While meal prices in Kuala Lumpur can vary, the average cost of food in Kuala Lumpur for a foreigner is RM45 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Kuala Lumpur should cost around RM18 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner.

local restaurant kl
Cost of living: Malaysia vs France
 RestaurantsRMRange
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant15.00 RM8.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course80.00 RM50.00-150.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)15.00 RM15.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)15.00 RM8.00-25.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)19.00 RM12.00-30.00
Cappuccino (regular)11.50 RM5.00-17.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)2.62 RM2.00-3.50
Water (0.33 liter bottle)1.56 RM1.00-2.50

Standard not fancy in Paris

Budgeting for a holiday can be tricky, especially in a city with so many options. In Paris, there is no upper limit when it comes to how much you can spend, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a good time—or a good meal! 

To help you figure out the average cost of food in Paris per day, we’ve broken down what some of your costs might be at every meal.

paris bistro Cost
Cost of living: Malaysia vs France
 RestaurantsEURORange
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant15.00 €8.00-22.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course60.00 €40.00-90.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)9.00 €8.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)6.00 €5.00-8.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)6.00 €4.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular)3.73 €2.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)3.08 €2.00-4.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle)2.28 €1.40-4.00

Groceries

MalaysiaKuala-Lumpur

NSK Trade City Kuala-Lumpur
 MarketsRMRange
Milk (regular), (1 liter)6.67 RM5.00-8.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)3.21 RM2.30-4.13
Rice (white), (1kg)5.03 RM2.50-9.00
Eggs (regular) (12)6.33 RM3.60-12.00
Local Cheese (1kg)38.77 RM17.00-100.00
Chicken Fillets (1kg)13.46 RM7.50-21.00
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)34.11 RM15.00-60.00
Apples (1kg)9.67 RM5.00-15.00
Banana (1kg)5.39 RM3.99-12.00
Oranges (1kg)9.64 RM4.00-22.05
Tomato (1kg)4.74 RM3.00-9.00
Potato (1kg)3.64 RM2.00-6.00
Onion (1kg)3.76 RM2.00-6.00
Lettuce (1 head)3.93 RM2.00-5.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle)2.37 RM1.00-3.60
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)72.50 RM45.00-100.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)10.62 RM6.00-15.15
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)15.50 RM8.00-20.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro)18.00 RM17.40-24.00

France – Paris

leclerc grocery store Paris
Cost of living: Malaysia vs France
 MarketsEuroRange
Milk (regular), (1 liter)1.07 €0.80-1.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)1.84 €1.00-4.00
Rice (white), (1kg)2.05 €1.00-3.50
Eggs (regular) (12)3.81 €1.80-6.00
Local Cheese (1kg)17.03 €8.00-37.50
Chicken Fillets (1kg)12.27 €6.00-20.00
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)20.11 €11.98-40.00
Apples (1kg)2.88 €1.90-4.00
Banana (1kg)2.01 €1.48-3.00
Oranges (1kg)2.85 €1.00-4.00
Tomato (1kg)3.14 €1.60-5.00
Potato (1kg)2.07 €0.80-4.00
Onion (1kg)2.64 €1.00-4.62
Lettuce (1 head)1.51 €1.00-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle)0.85 €0.30-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)7.50 €3.71-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)1.88 €0.80-3.03
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)2.48 €1.50-3.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro)10.00 €9.80-11.00

Utilities / Water / Electricity

electricity cost

I have not been living in France for a while but my parents always tell me how expensive the electricity or the water is.

On average for a 3 bedrooms house:

Electricity:

Malaysia:

Basic (Electricity, Heating, for 85m2 Apartment196.55 RM140.00-350.00

France:

Basic (Electricity, Heating, ) for 85m2 Apartment177.04 €94.44-250.00

Water

Malaysia


The water is extremely cheap here in Malaysia, we are 3 people living in the house and we take at least 4 showers a day! Yes, 4 showers, it is very hot and humid here and I personally sweat a lot.

Water cost per month Malaysia:

Domestic users in Malaysia pay an average of 52 sen per 1,000 liters
of water, we personally pay around RM6 per month which is 1.20 euros or $1.45

Water cost per month France:

The annual water bill comes in at between €200 and €400 a year. To put this in perspective, you can expect to pay around €300 a year based on a two-bedroom home in Paris. (25 euros per month – RM126 or $30.5)

Sports And Leisure

gym fees

Before the lock-down we used to go to the gym but now they are all closed and the only workout that we can do is from home.

Malaysia:

RM180 / 35 euros / $43.5

Gym membership in Malaysia is costly: Count around RM2160 per year which will also include all different kinds of classes.

France:

125 euros per month / RM630 / $152

Joining a gym can be a great way to stay in shape, but with many Parisian clubs costing well over 1500 euros a year, finding an affordable one can sometimes feel impossible.

Childcare

childcare

We personally do not have young children – Our son is already 22 years old so we do not have to worry about that.

Malaysia: (Kuala-Lumpur)

 ChildcareRMRange
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child744.38 RM350.00-1,200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child36,949.09 RM18,000.00-90,000.00

France: (Paris)

 ChildcareEuroRange
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child810.00 €400.00-1,200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child15,400.00 €8,000.00-25,000.00

Clothing And Shoes

Cost of Clothing and shoes Kuala-Lumpur vs Paris


Malaysia:


 Clothing And ShoesRMRange
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)206.89 RM99.00-329.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …)110.58 RM50.00-200.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range)283.81 RM150.00-380.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes259.72 RM149.00-400.00


France:


 Clothing And ShoesEuroRange
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)94.16 €60.00-120.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …)37.37 €20.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range)92.63 €60.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes151.67 €70.50-250.00

Cigarettes

Cost of cigarette - France vs Malaysia

We both do not smoke but it may be useful for you:

Malaysia:

20 x Marlboro = RM18 – 3.57 Euros

France:

20 x Marlboro = 10 euros – RM50.4

Taxes

Taxes - France vs malaysia

Malaysia: 6% GST

The Malaysian GST system has two rates of GST (6% and 0%), and provides for the zero-rating of exported goods, international services, and basic food items.


France: 20% TVA

TVA (Taxe sur la Valeur Ajoutée) is an expenditure tax imposed on consumers of goods and services. … The main rate of TVA in France is 20%, but there is a reduced rate of 5.5% for food, travel, some domestic personal services, and most entertainment events

Salaries And Financing

Salaries France vs Malaysia

Malaysia:

Many people in Malaysia earn less than RM2000 per month which is around 400 euros per month or $485 but others will earn way more than that.

Let’s say that with an average of RM5000 per month you can live comfortably in Malaysia.

France: 

The minimum wage in France was 1219 euros in 2020. Depending on where you live in France it may be difficult to finish the month.

To live comfortably in France you will need to earn at least 1700 euros per month.


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