Cost of living in Basra, Iraq

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 21,500 Dinar
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 7,500 Dinar
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 3,000 Dinar
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,250 Dinar
12 eggs, large 2,702 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 937 Dinar
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 5,174 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,704 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1,255 Dinar
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5,000 Dinar
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 50,000 Dinar
2 liters of Coca-Cola 1,149 Dinar
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,126 Dinar
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 787,356 Dinar
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 600,000 Dinar
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 91,667 Dinar
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 600,000 Dinar
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 625,000 Dinar
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 87,500 Dinar
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 65,000 Dinar
40” flat screen TV 500,000 Dinar
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 128,095 Dinar
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 21,500 Dinar
Hourly rate for cleaning help 10,000 Dinar
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 66,333 Dinar
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 65,000 Dinar
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 75,000 Dinar
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 51,667 Dinar
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 13,365,700 Dinar
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 450 Dinar
Monthly ticket public transport 10,000 Dinar
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 17,930 Dinar
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 12,000 Dinar
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 4,000 Dinar
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 22,500 Dinar
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 7,000 Dinar
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 20,000 Dinar
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 6,500 Dinar
4 rolls of toilet paper 1,250 Dinar
Tube of toothpaste 4,250 Dinar
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 17,500 Dinar
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 40,000 Dinar
2 tickets to the movies 20,000 Dinar
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 25,000 Dinar
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 50,000 Dinar
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 4,000 Dinar
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 4,500 Dinar
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 5,000 Dinar
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district 68,000 Dinar
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 2,000 Dinar
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 54 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: September 18, 2018.

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