Cost of living in Maldives

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 153 Rufiyaa
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 147 Rufiyaa
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 59 Rufiyaa
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 34 Rufiyaa
12 eggs, large 31 Rufiyaa
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 38 Rufiyaa
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 175 Rufiyaa
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 53 Rufiyaa
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 29 Rufiyaa
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 70 Rufiyaa
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality -
2 liters of Coca-Cola 35 Rufiyaa
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 27 Rufiyaa
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 28,218 Rufiyaa
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 18,766 Rufiyaa
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,056 Rufiyaa
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 23,898 Rufiyaa
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 18,737 Rufiyaa
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,678 Rufiyaa
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 702 Rufiyaa
40” flat screen TV 10,566 Rufiyaa
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,757 Rufiyaa
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 143 Rufiyaa
Hourly rate for cleaning help 72 Rufiyaa
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 600 Rufiyaa
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 711 Rufiyaa
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,491 Rufiyaa
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,412 Rufiyaa
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 400,000 Rufiyaa
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 18 Rufiyaa
Monthly ticket public transport 1,402 Rufiyaa
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 93 Rufiyaa
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 159 Rufiyaa
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 313 Rufiyaa
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 58 Rufiyaa
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 79 Rufiyaa
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 97 Rufiyaa
4 rolls of toilet paper 97 Rufiyaa
Tube of toothpaste 36 Rufiyaa
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 100 Rufiyaa
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 441 Rufiyaa
2 tickets to the movies 320 Rufiyaa
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 647 Rufiyaa
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 845 Rufiyaa
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 500 Rufiyaa
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 63 Rufiyaa
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 248 Rufiyaa
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 11,233 Rufiyaa
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 3.69 Rufiyaa
1 month of gym membership in business district 940 Rufiyaa
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 70 Rufiyaa

Map of Cost of Living in Maldives

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This map shows only the top cities in Maldives. 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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