Cost of living in Eritrea

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Nakfa477
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Nakfa120
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Nakfa125
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Nakfa31
12 eggs, large Nakfa70
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Nakfa25
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Nakfa141
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Nakfa153
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Nakfa28
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Nakfa30
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Nakfa475
2 liters of Coca-Cola Nakfa62
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Nakfa13
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Nakfa15,183
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Nakfa6,345
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Nakfa400
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Nakfa6,603
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Nakfa3,250
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Nakfa300
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Nakfa2,500
40” flat screen TV Nakfa17,500
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Nakfa5,000
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Nakfa325
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Nakfa800
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Nakfa750
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Nakfa2,500
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Nakfa2,300
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Nakfa600,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Nakfa30
Monthly ticket public transport Nakfa1,575
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Nakfa115
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Nakfa145
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Nakfa300
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Nakfa156
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Nakfa252
4 rolls of toilet paper Nakfa50
Tube of toothpaste Nakfa70
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Nakfa120
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Nakfa500
2 tickets to the movies Nakfa40
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 Nakfa850
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Nakfa150
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Nakfa18
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Nakfa36
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Nakfa8,750
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Nakfa1.71
1 month of gym membership in business district Nakfa375
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Nakfa75

Map of Cost of Living in Eritrea

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This map shows only the top cities in Eritrea. 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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