Cost of living in Eritrea

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Nakfa165
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Nakfa80
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast -
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Nakfa33
12 eggs, large Nakfa99
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Nakfa24
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Nakfa183
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Nakfa250
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Nakfa30
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Nakfa20
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Nakfa400
2 liters of Coca-Cola Nakfa100
Bread for 2 people for 1 day -
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Nakfa15,124
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat -
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Nakfa4,641
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) -
40” flat screen TV Nakfa9,750
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) -
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) -
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Nakfa1,252
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Nakfa700
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Nakfa1,351
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Nakfa1,700
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Nakfa30
Monthly ticket public transport Nakfa150
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Nakfa80
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Nakfa120
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Nakfa75
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Nakfa155
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Nakfa300
4 rolls of toilet paper Nakfa40
Tube of toothpaste Nakfa80
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Nakfa50
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Nakfa539
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 Nakfa756
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Nakfa150
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Nakfa30
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Nakfa35
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district Nakfa2,667
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Nakfa70

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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