Cost of living in Madagascar

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 22,824 Ariary
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 12,339 Ariary
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8,269 Ariary
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4,759 Ariary
12 eggs, large 7,773 Ariary
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2,036 Ariary
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13,997 Ariary
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3,221 Ariary
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1,827 Ariary
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,068 Ariary
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 23,266 Ariary
2 liters of Coca-Cola 4,112 Ariary
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 5,381 Ariary
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,056,910 Ariary
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,528,460 Ariary
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 228,655 Ariary
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,289,120 Ariary
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 800,000 Ariary
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 78,938 Ariary
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 198,673 Ariary
40” flat screen TV 1,392,650 Ariary
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 378,319 Ariary
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 16,018 Ariary
Hourly rate for cleaning help 62,804 Ariary
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 153,009 Ariary
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 215,929 Ariary
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 188,938 Ariary
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 248,673 Ariary
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 46,959,100 Ariary
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 3,681 Ariary
Monthly ticket public transport 714,455 Ariary
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 6,973 Ariary
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 18,000 Ariary
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 10,000 Ariary
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 11,283 Ariary
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 14,867 Ariary
4 rolls of toilet paper 3,947 Ariary
Tube of toothpaste 5,607 Ariary
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 17,434 Ariary
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 36,433 Ariary
2 tickets to the movies 24,544 Ariary
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 113,639 Ariary
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 8,477 Ariary
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 4,606 Ariary
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 4,019 Ariary
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 2,000,000 Ariary
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 246 Ariary
1 month of gym membership in business district 190,885 Ariary
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 5,000 Ariary

Map of Cost of Living in Madagascar

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This map shows only the top cities in Madagascar. 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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