Cost of living in Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 27,484 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 17,276 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 7,859 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3,322 Franc
12 eggs, large 4,577 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4,665 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 7,011 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7,362 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 4,134 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,448 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 24,813 Franc
2 liters of Coca-Cola 6,716 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,952 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,653,640 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,903,800 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 563,923 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,650,000 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,000,000 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 308,165 Franc
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 115,814 Franc
40” flat screen TV 745,641 Franc
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 186,364 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 9,562 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 31,000 Franc
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 26,514 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 50,000 Franc
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 135,000 Franc
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 20,000,000 Franc
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 1,654 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport 55,000 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) 78,750 Franc
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 3,000 Franc
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 8,258 Franc
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 10,086 Franc
4 rolls of toilet paper 3,569 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 9,682 Franc
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 14,831 Franc
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) 33,000 Franc
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.) 3,419 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 240,496 Franc
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 23,904 Franc

Map of Cost of Living in Democratic Republic of the Congo


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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