Cost of living in Afghanistan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 282 Afghani
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 221 Afghani
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 196 Afghani
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 58 Afghani
12 eggs, large 87 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 50 Afghani
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 175 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 60 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 20 Afghani
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 296 Afghani
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,128 Afghani
2 liters of Coca-Cola 57 Afghani
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 35 Afghani
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 41,178 Afghani
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 22,350 Afghani
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 3,858 Afghani
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 33,685 Afghani
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 18,722 Afghani
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 5,376 Afghani
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 2,410 Afghani
40” flat screen TV 20,312 Afghani
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 6,822 Afghani
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 263 Afghani
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 1,583 Afghani
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,690 Afghani
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,078 Afghani
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,698 Afghani
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,975,000 Afghani
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 45 Afghani
Monthly ticket public transport 3,500 Afghani
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 444 Afghani
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 325 Afghani
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 260 Afghani
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 269 Afghani
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 269 Afghani
4 rolls of toilet paper 77 Afghani
Tube of toothpaste 151 Afghani
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 285 Afghani
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 500 Afghani
2 tickets to the movies 280 Afghani
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 1,000 Afghani
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 259 Afghani
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 249 Afghani
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 500 Afghani
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 11,874 Afghani
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 5.00 Afghani
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,350 Afghani
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 163 Afghani

Map of Cost of Living in Afghanistan

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This map shows only the top cities in Afghanistan. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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