Cost of living in Asmara, Eritrea

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Nakfa224
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Nakfa101
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Nakfa125
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Nakfa31
12 eggs, large Nakfa80
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Nakfa22
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Nakfa156
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Nakfa153
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Nakfa28
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Nakfa26
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Nakfa499
2 liters of Coca-Cola Nakfa74
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Nakfa13
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Nakfa12,915
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Nakfa5,872
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Nakfa400
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Nakfa5,323
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Nakfa3,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Nakfa300
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Nakfa2,500
40” flat screen TV Nakfa13,625
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Nakfa5,000
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Nakfa325
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Nakfa1,225
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Nakfa598
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Nakfa1,737
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Nakfa2,008
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Nakfa600,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Nakfa30
Monthly ticket public transport Nakfa1,575
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) Nakfa115
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Nakfa145
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Nakfa300
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Nakfa166
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Nakfa264
4 rolls of toilet paper Nakfa50
Tube of toothpaste Nakfa60
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Nakfa92
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Nakfa522
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 Nakfa611
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Nakfa121
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Nakfa19
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Nakfa30
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Nakfa8,750
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Nakfa1.71
1 month of gym membership in business district Nakfa1,864
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Nakfa70
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 132 prices entered by 11 different people.
Latest price update: October 29, 2018.

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