Cost of living in Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 22,907 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 10,378 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 5,592 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3,089 Franc
12 eggs, large 4,304 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4,000 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 7,085 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7,193 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2,400 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,317 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 12,194 Franc
2 liters of Coca-Cola 7,280 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,378 Franc
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,726,630 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 3,990,620 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 50,000 Franc
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 -
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 22,500 Franc
40” flat screen TV 500,000 Franc
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 147,561 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 8,877 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help 2,178 Franc
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 18,750 Franc
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 18,750 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 35,000 Franc
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 70,000 Franc
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 20,000,000 Franc
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 1,537 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport 75,000 Franc
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,000 Franc
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,000 Franc
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 77,500 Franc
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 3,000 Franc
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 7,569 Franc
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 12,111 Franc
4 rolls of toilet paper 3,974 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 6,000 Franc
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 18,863 Franc
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 155,000 Franc
2 tickets to the movies 30,000 Franc
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 168,428 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 15,487 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 6,492 Franc
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 3,831 Franc
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 489 Franc
1 month of gym membership in business district 276,065 Franc
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 3,469 Franc

Map of Cost of Living in Democratic Republic of the Congo

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This map shows only the top cities in Democratic Republic of the Congo. We also have on this page a 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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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Kinshasa costs 3,000 Franc (8 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Kinshasa costs 232,500 Franc (8 days ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Kinshasa costs 155 Franc (8 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Kinshasa costs 5,000 Franc (8 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Kinshasa costs 5,000 Franc (8 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Kinshasa costs 310,000 Franc (8 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Kinshasa costs 30,000 Franc (8 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Kinshasa costs 155,000 Franc (8 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Kinshasa costs 15,500 Franc (8 days ago)
  • 12 rolls of toilet paper in Kinshasa costs 3,960 Franc (8 days ago)