Cost of living in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Summary of cost of living in Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 12,247,239 Franc
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 8,403,806 Franc
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 40,000 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 20,000 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 12,174 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4,751 Franc
12 eggs, large 6,168 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 7,788 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 60,000 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3,230 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2,119 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4,000 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 31,134 Franc
2 liters of coca-cola 6,000 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2,442 Franc
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 13,421,800 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 946,148 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 300,000 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,000,000 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 547,728 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 40,000 Franc
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 100,000 Franc
40” flat screen tv 200,000 Franc
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 20,000 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 10,000 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help 200,000 Franc
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 80,000 Franc
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 100,000 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 120,000 Franc
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 800,000 Franc
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 4,000,000 Franc
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 2,000 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport 80,454 Franc
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 5,000 Franc
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 7,578 Franc
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 100,000 Franc
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 20,000 Franc
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 19,745 Franc
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 30,000 Franc
4 rolls of toilet paper 5,093 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 4,093 Franc
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 30,511 Franc
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 25,796 Franc
2 tickets to the movies 40,000 Franc
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 60,000 Franc
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 30,312 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 20,000 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city -
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 1,758 Franc
Ipad wi-fi 128gb -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 200 Franc
1 month of gym membership in business district 80,000 Franc
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 13,542 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:
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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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