Cost of living in Lesotho

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 45 Loti
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 45 Loti
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 10 Loti
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 18 Loti
12 eggs, large 49 Loti
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 35 Loti
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 50 Loti
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 33 Loti
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 30 Loti
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 13 Loti
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 70 Loti
2 liters of Coca-Cola 19 Loti
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 18 Loti
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 20,000 Loti
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 10,000 Loti
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,500 Loti
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 3,000 Loti
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,500 Loti
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 500 Loti
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 200 Loti
40” flat screen TV 4,000 Loti
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,000 Loti
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 45 Loti
Hourly rate for cleaning help 50 Loti
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 800 Loti
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 600 Loti
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,000 Loti
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,200 Loti
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 300,000 Loti
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 12 Loti
Monthly ticket public transport 600 Loti
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 25 Loti
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 30 Loti
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 200 Loti
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 30 Loti
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 28 Loti
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 30 Loti
4 rolls of toilet paper 50 Loti
Tube of toothpaste 25 Loti
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 50 Loti
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 150 Loti
2 tickets to the movies 200 Loti
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 400 Loti
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 650 Loti
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 70 Loti
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 40 Loti
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 20 Loti
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.00 Loti
1 month of gym membership in business district 539 Loti
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 45 Loti

Map of Cost of Living in Lesotho

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This map shows only the top cities in Lesotho. 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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