Cost of living in Cotonou, Benin

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 4,674 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 2,932 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 1,816 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,183 Franc
12 eggs, large 1,464 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 520 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,067 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,457 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1,120 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 640 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 5,302 Franc
2 liters of Coca-Cola 1,123 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 340 Franc
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 341,576 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 182,702 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 54,644 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 224,912 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 142,644 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 27,132 Franc
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 29,299 Franc
40” flat screen TV 351,589 Franc
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 130,471 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 9,224 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,085 Franc
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 20,000 Franc
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 23,460 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 25,000 Franc
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 62,500 Franc
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 620 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport 16,354 Franc
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,325 Franc
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 4,500 Franc
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 9,000 Franc
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,200 Franc
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 2,214 Franc
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 1,800 Franc
4 rolls of toilet paper 975 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 1,271 Franc
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 7,146 Franc
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 15,822 Franc
2 tickets to the movies -
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 40,493 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,911 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 1,500 Franc
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 1,883 Franc
iPod nano 16GB 240,000 Franc
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 100 Franc
1 month of gym membership in business district 22,142 Franc
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,000 Franc
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 60 prices entered by 8 different people.
Latest price update: November 14, 2016.

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