Cost of living in Asmara, Eritrea

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Nakfa123
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Nakfa80
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Nakfa50
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Nakfa33
12 eggs, large Nakfa92
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Nakfa23
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Nakfa183
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Nakfa165
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Nakfa30
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Nakfa25
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Nakfa400
2 liters of Coca-Cola Nakfa100
Bread for 2 people for 1 day -
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Nakfa11,062
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Nakfa5,250
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat -
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Nakfa4,583
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Nakfa2,500
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Nakfa100
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) -
40” flat screen TV Nakfa9,750
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) -
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) -
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Nakfa1,283
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Nakfa544
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Nakfa1,370
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Nakfa1,700
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Nakfa35
Monthly ticket public transport Nakfa125
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Nakfa80
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Nakfa120
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Nakfa75
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Nakfa155
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Nakfa267
4 rolls of toilet paper Nakfa40
Tube of toothpaste Nakfa61
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Nakfa51
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Nakfa438
2 tickets to the movies Nakfa40
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Nakfa555
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Nakfa150
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Nakfa22
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Nakfa32
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Nakfa1.60
1 month of gym membership in business district Nakfa2,667
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Nakfa77
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 67 prices entered by 15 different people.
Latest price update: February 14, 2018.

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