Over the last few years, we’ve regularly analyzed the differences in library sizes and monthly costs of Netflix subscriptions around the world, often finding a huge disparity.

Following the recent price increases in the United Kingdom (just as people re-entered a national lockdown) and recent increases in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, and the United States, we’ve updated our analysis to find out where Netflix subscriptions are the most cost-effective.

Update 03/05: Following our recent update to reflect the recent price increases in Argentina and Germany, Turkey has seen an update to its price. So, the battle of the cheapest (between Argentina and Turkey) continues as Argentina regains its “cheapest place for Netflix” crown. But Turkey does remain the cheapest place for a premium subscription, based on a cost-per-month price.

Please note: the prices included in our study are the base price as advertised by Netflix. They do not include the various taxes and other charges users may face.

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To gather this data, we’ve taken a look at several different factors.

First, we looked at the figures based on the number of TV shows and movies available in 46 countries as per JustWatch and uNoGS. We then divided the total number of titles available by the monthly subscription price to establish each country’s cost per title per month. For the standard and premium plans, we also factored in the number of users for each account (2 and 4, respectively), multiplying the library total by this to give the number of titles available to all users.

Second, we evaluated the cost per month in each country and how these shape up against others (based on current exchange rates at the time of writing).

The results?

Our study shows a massive disparity when cost per title is analyzed between different countries.

Due to their incredibly cheap prices across all three plans, Argentina and Turkey are the most cost-effective countries to watch Netflix in. But their library sizes are slightly below average. Argentinians have access to 4,855 titles (1.7 percent below average and 27 percent fewer than Ireland which has the largest library). Those in Turkey have access to even fewer titles – 4,466 (10 percent below average and 35 percent fewer Ireland).

So, do you get more if you pay more?

Not necessarily, no.

Those with access to the largest libraries tend to feature mid-table when it comes to cost-effectiveness. Plus, as our previous studies have found, the more you pay for your plans in these countries, the less cost-effective they tend to be. Add the recent price hikes into the equation and customers in countries like Australia, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States are getting less and less for their money.

How the recent price hikes have affected the cost-per-title rankings

  • Argentina: Despite its recent price hike across all three tiers, Argentina remains the cheapest place to have a Netflix subscription. This is thanks, in part, to a price hike in Turkey which enabled Argentina to regain its title as the cheapest.
  • Australia: Last year, Australia featured as one of the top 10 most cost-effective countries for all three plans. Following the increase in its basic plan price (from AUD 9.99 to AUD 10.99), standard plan price (from AUD 13.99 to AUD 15.99), and premium plan (from AUD 17.99 to AUD 19.99), it no longer features in the top 10 for any of its plans. Instead, it only features in the bottom half of the top 20.*
  • Canada: Despite finishing in the top 5 last year for all three plans, Canada’s price hikes on its standard and premium plans (from CAD 13.99 to CAD 14.99 and CAD 16.99 to CAD 18.99, respectively) have pushed it down the table for cost-effectiveness for its two more expensive plans. It finishes out of the top 10 for its standard plan and tenth for its premium one.*
  • Germany: Germany’s price hike in January saw its standard and premium plans increasing by $1.23 and $2.38, respectively. This makes it even less cost-effective than before as it becomes one of the most expensive places to have a Netflix subscription, especially for standard and premium ones.
  • Ireland: While the Irish do have access to the largest number of titles, they get a raw deal when it comes to cost-effectiveness per title. Ireland features 20th for its basic plan, 26th for its standard plan, and 29th for its premium plan. Price hikes on its standard plan (from EUR 11.99 to EUR 12.99) and premium plan (from EUR 15.99 to EUR 17.99) mean Ireland is no more cost-effective than it was previously (in fact, it had slightly better rankings – 14th, 21st, and 22nd respectively – before).
  • Turkey: For around two weeks after Argentina’s price hike, Turkey was the cheapest place to have a Netflix subscription. But a price increase in Turkey soon followed which knocked it back down to second place. That said, it is still the cheapest place for a premium Netflix subscription (based on its cost-per-month price).
  • United Kingdom: Basic plan prices remain the same in the UK but standard plans and premium plans have increased by £1 and £2, respectively. This means it drops from tenth to 20th for its standard plan and from 12th to 26th for its premium plan.*
  • United States: Previously, the United States featured mid-table across all three plans. But with a $1 increase on its standard plan and a $2 increase on its premium plan, it drops into 27th place for both (from 23rd and 21st respectively).*

*Some additional countries have been included in this update which has also altered the rankings but only by several positions (without the additions these countries would still have dropped through the rankings).

TIP – How to access different Netflix catalogs: You can access Netflix catalogs from different countries when traveling abroad with a VPN. However, not all VPNs work with all Netflix country catalogs. We recently tested 59 different VPNs with 30 different country catalogs so be sure to pick a VPN that works with the Netflix country version you want access to. You can see our list of recommended Netflix VPN services here.

Top 10 places where Netflix is good value for money

As we have seen, when it comes to value for money, Argentina wins hands down on cost-per-title value across all three plans.

The average cost per title for basic plans is $0.00185. Argentinians pay $0.00068, which makes the cost per title over 93 percent cheaper than average. They also pay 80 and 70 percent less per title for standard and premium plans respectively.

The top 10 most cost-effective countries for basic plans

CountryNo. of TV ShowsNo. of MoviesTotal Library SizeCost Per Month - Basic (Local)Cost Per Month - Basic ($)Cost Per Title - Basic ($)
Argentina163632194855ARS 279$3.28$0.00068
Turkey156928974466TRY 26.99$3.68$0.00082
Brazil158928904479BRL 21.90$4.13$0.00092
Colombia161729744591COP 16900$4.95$0.00108
South Africa185534535308ZAR 99$6.44$0.00121
India192235785500INR 499$6.81$0.00124
Philippines199841946192PHP 369$7.67$0.00124
Canada180543576162CAD 9.99$7.86$0.00128
Indonesia202842366264IDR 120,000$8.53$0.00136
Malaysia202343386361MYR 35$8.67$0.00136

The top 10 most cost-effective countries for standard plans

CountryNo. of TV ShowsNo. of MoviesTotal Library SizeCost Per Month - Basic (Local)Cost Per Month - Basic ($)Cost Per Title - Basic ($)
Argentina163632194855ARS 459$5.40$0.00056
Turkey156928974466TRY 40.99$5.58$0.00062
Brazil158928904479BRL 32.90$6.20$0.00069
Philippines199841946192PHP 459$9.54$0.00077
India192235785500INR 649$8.85$0.00080
South Africa185534535308ZAR 139$9.04$0.00085
Colombia161729744591COP 26900$7.88$0.00086
Indonesia202842366264IDR 153,000$10.88$0.00087
Malaysia202343386361MYR 45$11.14$0.00088
Hungary201539115926HUF 3,190$10.95$0.00092

The top 10 most cost-effective countries for premium plans

CountryNo. of TV ShowsNo. of MoviesTotal Library SizeCost Per Month - Basic (Local)Cost Per Month - Basic ($)Cost Per Title - Basic ($)
Argentina163632194855ARS 669$7.87$0.00041
Turkey156928974466TRY 54.99$7.49$0.00042
Philippines199841946192PHP 549$11.41$0.00046
Brazil158928904479BRL 45.90$8.65$0.00048
India192235785500INR 799$10.90$0.00050
South Africa185534535308ZAR 169$10.99$0.00052
Indonesia202842366264IDR 186,000$13.23$0.00053
Malaysia202343386361MYR 55$13.62$0.00054
Hungary201539115926HUF 3,990$13.70$0.00058
Canada180543576162CAD 18.99$14.94$0.00061

The 10 places where Netflix isn’t good value for money

At the other end of the scale are Denmark and Switzerland which feature at the bottom for all three plans when it comes to cost-effectiveness.

Both have expensive monthly costs and smaller-than-average library sizes. Switzerland has 4,392 in total – 12% less than average and Denmark has 3,864 in total – 24% less than average. This means Danish customers pay 129 or 117 percent more per title compared to Argentinians for basic or standard plans (58 or 47 percent more than average), while Swiss customers pay nearly 123 or 119 percent more per title than Argentinians for basic or standard plans (49 or 50 percent more than average). And both pay over 108 percent more per title than Argentinians for their premium plans — at least 47 percent more than average.

Making up the rest of the bottom 10 across all three plans are European countries. Despite many of these countries having lower-than-average library sizes (often over 2,000 less than Ireland’s library), these customers still pay an above-average fee for their Netflix subscriptions (or a premium price if you’re Swiss and have a standard or premium subscription).

The 10 least cost-effective countries for basic plans

CountryNo. of TV ShowsNo. of MoviesTotal Library SizeCost Per Month - Basic (Local)Cost Per Month - Basic ($)Cost Per Title - Basic ($)
Denmark136624983864DKK 79$13.04$0.00337
Switzerland161727754392CHF 11.90$13.46$0.00306
Greece120421513355EUR 7.99$9.80$0.00292
Sweden136824543822SEK 89$10.84$0.00284
Portugal139922083607EUR 7.99$9.80$0.00272
Norway139125863977NOK 89$10.54$0.00265
Finland136724423809EUR 7.99$9.80$0.00257
Spain147224973969EUR 7.99$9.80$0.00247
Belgium138726053992EUR 7.99$9.80$0.00245
Romania126327363999EUR 7.99$9.80$0.00245

The 10 least cost-effective countries for standard plans

CountryNo. of TV ShowsNo. of MoviesTotal Library SizeCost Per Month - Basic (Local)Cost Per Month - Basic ($)Cost Per Title - Basic ($)
Switzerland161727754392CHF 16.90$19.12$0.00218
Denmark136624983864DKK 99$16.34$0.00211
Greece120421513355EUR 10.99$13.48$0.00201
Finland136724423809EUR 11.99$14.71$0.00193
Portugal139922083607EUR 10.99$13.48$0.00187
Spain147224973969EUR 11.99$14.71$0.00185
Belgium138726053992EUR 11.99$14.71$0.00184
Italy140427554159EUR 11.99$14.71$0.00177
Austria161229034515EUR 12.99$15.94$0.00177
Sweden136824543822SEK 109$13.28$0.00174

The 10 least cost-effective countries for premium plans

CountryNo. of TV ShowsNo. of MoviesTotal Library SizeCost Per Month - Basic (Local)Cost Per Month - Basic ($)Cost Per Title - Basic ($)
Switzerland161727754392CHF 21.90$24.77$0.00141
Denmark136624983864DKK 129$21.30$0.00138
Finland136724423809EUR 15.99$19.62$0.00129
Greece120421513355EUR 13.99$17.16$0.00128
Sweden136824543822SEK 159$19.37$0.00127
Spain147224973969EUR 15.99$19.62$0.00124
Belgium138726053992EUR 15.99$19.62$0.00123
Austria161229034515EUR 17.99$22.07$0.00122
Germany162029534573EUR 17.99$22.07$0.00121
Portugal139922083607EUR 13.99$17.16$0.00119

Top 10 cheapest places to get Netflix

Argentina’s unbeatable cost-per-title prices are, undoubtedly, due to their incredibly cheap costs per month.

At a cost per month of $3.28, $5.40, and $7.87 for basic, standard, or premium plans, respectively, Argentina is up to 90 percent cheaper than average subscription plans and over 80 percent cheaper than all UK subscriptions and US subscriptions. Turkey’s premium subscription at $7.49 (the cheapest overall) is also 72 percent cheaper than average ($15.92).

On a cost-per-month basis, the US and UK don’t fare too well.

The UK just makes it into the top 15 for its basic plan but thanks to its price hikes across standard and premium plans, it falls dramatically through the rankings with each upgrade becoming the 12th and 13th most expensive place for standard and premium plans respectively. And for the first time ever, the UK becomes more expensive than the US for its premium plan (around $1 more based on current exchange rates).

Meanwhile, the US only just makes the top 25 for its basic plan (ranking 23) and finds itself as the 11th and 15th most expensive for standard and premium plans.

With the average cost per month being $8.70 for basic plans, $12.26 for standard, and $15.92 for premium, the US is 3, 13, or 12 percent more expensive, respectively. In contrast, the UK is nearly 7 percent cheaper for its basic plan but is 10 percent more expensive for its standard plan and nearly 18 percent more expensive for its premium plan.

How expensive is Netflix relative to average income?

We’ve analyzed the monthly cost of Netflix in the top 10 cheapest areas relative to the average monthly income in a country to determine where Netflix may “feel” more expensive.

The 10 cheapest places for basic plans

CountryCost Per Month - Basic (Local)Cost Per Month - Basic ($)Comparison to Average ($8.70)Average Person's WagesNetflix Yearly Cost in Relation to Average Person's IncomeCountry's GDP per CapitaNetflix Yearly Cost in Relation to GDP per Capita
ArgentinaARS 279$3.2890% less$11,1300.35%$11,683.950.34%
TurkeyTRY 26.99$3.6881% less$9,6900.46%$9,370.180.47%
BrazilBRL 21.90$4.1371% less$9,1300.54%$8,920.760.56%
ColombiaCOP 16900$4.9555% less$6,5100.91%$6,667.790.89%
South AfricaZAR 99$6.4430% less$6,0401.28%$6,374.031.21%
IndiaINR 499$6.8124% less$2,1303.84%$2,009.984.07%
PeruPEN 24.90$6.8923% less$6,7401.23%$6,941.241.19%
MexicoMXN 139$7.0022% less$17,5940.48%$9,673.440.87%
PhilippinesPHP 369$7.6713% less$3,8502.39%$3,102.712.97%
CanadaCAD 9.99$7.8610% less$53,1980.18%$46,232.990.20%

The 10 cheapest places for standard plans

CountryCost Per Month - Standard (Local)Cost Per Month - Standard ($)Comparison to Average ($12.26)Average Person's WagesNetflix Yearly Cost in Relation to Average Person's IncomeCountry's GDP per CapitaNetflix Yearly Cost in Relation to GDP per Capita
ArgentinaARS 459$5.4078% less$11,1300.58%$11,683.950.55%
TurkeyTRY 40.99$5.5875% less$9,6900.69%$9,370.180.71%
BrazilBRL 32.90$6.2066% less$9,1300.81%$8,920.760.83%
ColombiaCOP 26900$7.8844% less$6,5101.45%$6,667.791.42%
IndiaINR 649$8.8533% less$2,1304.99%$2,009.985.28%
South AfricaZAR 139$9.0430% less$6,0401.80%$6,374.031.70%
PhilippinesPHP 459$9.5425% less$3,8502.97%$3,102.713.69%
PeruPEN 34.90$9.6324% less$6,7401.71%$6,941.241.66%
MexicoMXN 196$9.8722% less$17,5940.67%$9,673.441.22%
RussiaRUB 799$10.7313% less$11,2601.14%$11,288.871.14%

The 10 cheapest places for premium plans

CountryCost Per Month - Premium (Local)Cost Per Month - Premium ($)Comparison to Average ($15.92)Average Person's WagesNetflix Yearly Cost in Relation to Average Person's IncomeCountry's GDP per CapitaNetflix Yearly Cost in Relation to GDP per Capita
TurkeyTRY 54.99$7.4972% less$9,6900.93%$9,370.180.96%
ArgentinaARS 669$7.8768% less$11,1300.85%$11,683.950.81%
BrazilBRL 45.90$8.6560% less$9,1301.14%$8,920.761.16%
IndiaINR 799$10.9037% less$2,1306.14%$2,009.986.51%
South AfricaZAR 169$10.9937% less$6,0402.18%$6,374.032.07%
ColombiaCOP 38900$11.4033% less$6,5102.10%$6,667.792.05%
PhilippinesPHP 549$11.4133% less$3,8503.56%$3,102.714.41%
PeruPEN 44.90$12.3925% less$6,7402.21%$6,941.242.14%
IndonesiaIDR 186,000$13.2318% less$4,0503.92%$3,893.604.08%
South KoreaKRW 14,500$13.2618% less$33,7900.47%$31,362.750.51%

Top 10 most expensive places to get Netflix

In contrast to the above, the most expensive monthly subscriptions for Netflix are found in the below areas. And, if you look closely, you’ll see they are made up solely of European countries with Nordic countries often getting the rawest deal (alongside Switzerland).

According to these statistics, if you live in Switzerland, you’re paying at least 43 percent more than average for any plan. This is over 110 more per plan than Argentinians.

The 10 most expensive places for basic plans

CountryCost Per Month - Basic (Local)Cost Per Month - Basic ($)Comparison to Average ($8.70)Average Person's WagesNetflix Yearly Cost in Relation to Average Person's IncomeCountry's GDP per CapitaNetflix Yearly Cost in Relation to GDP per Capita
SwitzerlandCHF 11.90$13.4643% more$66,5670.24%$82,796.550.20%
DenmarkDKK 79$13.0440% more$57,1500.27%$61,350.350.26%
SwedenSEK 89$10.8422% more$46,6950.28%$54,608.360.24%
NorwayNOK 89$10.5419% more$54,0270.23%$81,697.250.15%
PortugalEUR 7.99$9.8012% more$26,6340.44%$23,407.910.50%
FinlandEUR 7.99$9.8012% more$45,6980.26%$50,152.340.23%
SpainEUR 7.99$9.8012% more$38,7580.30%$30,370.890.39%
BelgiumEUR 7.99$9.8012% more$55,5900.21%$47,518.640.25%
RomaniaEUR 7.99$9.8012% more$12,6300.93%$12,301.190.96%
ItalyEUR 7.99$9.8012% more$39,1890.30%$34,483.200.34%

The 10 most expensive places for standard plans

CountryCost Per Month - Standard (Local)Cost Per Month - Standard ($)Comparison to Average ($12.26)Average Person's WagesNetflix Yearly Cost in Relation to Average Person's IncomeCountry's GDP per CapitaNetflix Yearly Cost in Relation to GDP per Capita
SwitzerlandCHF 16.90$19.1244% more$66,5670.34%$82,796.550.28%
DenmarkDKK 99$16.3429% more$57,1500.34%$61,350.350.32%
AustriaEUR 12.99$15.9426% more$53,9030.35%$51,461.950.37%
GermanyEUR 12.99$15.9426% more$53,6380.36%$47,603.030.40%
IrelandEUR 12.99$15.9428% more$50,4900.38%$78,806.430.24%
FinlandEUR 11.99$14.7118% more$45,6980.39%$50,152.340.35%
SpainEUR 11.99$14.7118% more$38,7580.46%$30,370.890.58%
BelgiumEUR 11.99$14.7118% more$55,5900.32%$47,518.640.37%
ItalyEUR 11.99$14.7118% more$39,1890.45%$34,483.200.51%
FranceEUR 11.99$14.7118% more$46,4810.38%$41,463.640.43%

The 10 most expensive places for premium plans

CountryCost Per Month - Premium (Local)Cost Per Month - Premium ($)Comparison to Average ($15.92)Average Person's WagesNetflix Yearly Cost in Relation to Average Person's IncomeCountry's GDP per CapitaNetflix Yearly Cost in Relation to GDP per Capita
SwitzerlandCHF 21.90$24.7744% more$66,5670.45%$82,796.550.36%
GermanyEUR 17.99$22.0732% more$53,6380.49%$47,603.030.56%
IrelandEUR 17.99$22.0732% more$50,4900.52%$78,806.430.34%
AustriaEUR 17.99$22.0732% more$53,9030.49%$51,461.950.51%
DenmarkDKK 129$21.3029% more$57,1500.45%$61,350.350.42%
FranceEUR 15.99$19.6221% more$46,4810.51%$41,463.640.57%
ItalyEUR 15.99$19.6221% more$39,1890.60%$34,483.200.68%
BelgiumEUR 15.99$19.6221% more$55,5900.42%$47,518.640.50%
SpainEUR 15.99$19.6221% more$38,7580.61%$30,370.890.78%
FinlandEUR 15.99$19.6221% more$45,6980.52%$50,152.340.47%

Where should you opt to watch Netflix?

Despite its large library size which is 25 percent larger than average, Ireland isn’t the place to opt for a Netflix subscription if you love a good deal (it’s the second-most expensive place per month for premium plans, along with Austria).

Bargain-lovers, however, may want to opt for a subscription in Argentina or Turkey but will have to sacrifice some titles in order to get their cheaper pricing.

But those who want the best of both worlds may be better opting for a subscription from the likes of the Philippines, Malaysia, or Indonesia. With cheaper-than-average prices across the board and some of the largest libraries (6,192, 6,361, and 6,264 titles respectively), you’ll enjoy access to a large selection of movies and TV shows while knowing you’re paying less than the average Netflix customer.

Not living in any of the aforementioned countries? Then here are the best VPNs for Netflix so you can get the version of Netflix you want — anywhere.

Sources

Full datasheet for all countries and plans: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vi66pkbCwJyzBcy4G8MFqmyZ–FtJkSfMssTPFiNgXg/edit?usp=sharing

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uNoGS.com

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