Cost of living in Blantyre, Malawi

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,713 Kwacha
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 2,581 Kwacha
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 1,250 Kwacha
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 505 Kwacha
12 eggs, large -
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 750 Kwacha
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 2,000 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,621 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 400 Kwacha
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 600 Kwacha
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 4,500 Kwacha
2 liters of Coca-Cola 976 Kwacha
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 349 Kwacha
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 622,096 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 223,671 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 14,616 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area -
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 7,000 Kwacha
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 16,688 Kwacha
40” flat screen TV 315,419 Kwacha
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 50,000 Kwacha
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 4,500 Kwacha
Hourly rate for cleaning help 300 Kwacha
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 17,500 Kwacha
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 9,500 Kwacha
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 39,544 Kwacha
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 30,000 Kwacha
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 6,000,000 Kwacha
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 762 Kwacha
Monthly ticket public transport 20,209 Kwacha
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) 2,700 Kwacha
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 3,000 Kwacha
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 2,000 Kwacha
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 2,900 Kwacha
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 2,050 Kwacha
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 2,250 Kwacha
4 rolls of toilet paper 1,133 Kwacha
Tube of toothpaste 914 Kwacha
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 4,500 Kwacha
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 12,497 Kwacha
2 tickets to the movies 5,115 Kwacha
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 5,000 Kwacha
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 23,826 Kwacha
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,500 Kwacha
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 700 Kwacha
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 806 Kwacha
iPad Air 2, 64GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 73 Kwacha
1 month of gym membership in business district 17,053 Kwacha
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,200 Kwacha
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on less than 10 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: April 29, 2017.

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