Cost of living in Ethiopia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 147 Birr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 116 Birr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 147 Birr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 26 Birr
12 eggs, large 51 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 21 Birr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 136 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 82 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 13 Birr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 18 Birr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 164 Birr
2 liters of Coca-Cola 43 Birr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 14 Birr
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 35,025 Birr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 22,480 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 5,554 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 16,089 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 11,578 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 5,538 Birr
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,292 Birr
40” flat screen TV 16,993 Birr
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 4,137 Birr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 96 Birr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 137 Birr
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 695 Birr
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,070 Birr
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,287 Birr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,603 Birr
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 874,556 Birr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 19 Birr
Monthly ticket public transport 670 Birr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 144 Birr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 155 Birr
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 597 Birr
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 91 Birr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 103 Birr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 131 Birr
4 rolls of toilet paper 47 Birr
Tube of toothpaste 56 Birr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 108 Birr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 496 Birr
2 tickets to the movies 167 Birr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 3,604 Birr
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 897 Birr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 174 Birr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 35 Birr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 27 Birr
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 13,382 Birr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 37 Birr
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,548 Birr
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 97 Birr

Map of Cost of Living in Ethiopia

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This map shows only the top cities in Ethiopia. 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.

Are you moving to Ethiopia? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

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