Cost of living in Asmara, Eritrea

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Nakfa149
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 Nakfa33
12 eggs, large Nakfa91
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Nakfa20
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Nakfa175
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Nakfa153
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 Nakfa374
2 liters of Coca-Cola Nakfa69
Bread for 2 people for 1 day -
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Nakfa10,889
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Nakfa6,173
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 Nakfa4,844
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Nakfa3,500
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 Nakfa13,167
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Nakfa5,000
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Nakfa200
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Nakfa1,095
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) Nakfa1,750
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 Nakfa500,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Nakfa34
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) -
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 Nakfa55
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Nakfa430
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 Nakfa544
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Nakfa150
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Nakfa21
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Nakfa37
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Nakfa2,500
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 Nakfa74
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 118 prices entered by 14 different people.
Latest price update: June 29, 2018.

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