Cost of living in Papua New Guinea

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 46 Kina
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 32 Kina
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 23 Kina
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 9 Kina
12 eggs, large 12 Kina
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 12 Kina
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 27 Kina
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 16 Kina
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 8 Kina
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 10 Kina
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 74 Kina
2 liters of Coca-Cola 8 Kina
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 5.32 Kina
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 6,121 Kina
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 10,000 Kina
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 893 Kina
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 9,328 Kina
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 5,722 Kina
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 500 Kina
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 580 Kina
40” flat screen TV 2,483 Kina
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 661 Kina
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 43 Kina
Hourly rate for cleaning help 5.62 Kina
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 211 Kina
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 125 Kina
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 298 Kina
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 443 Kina
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 55,164 Kina
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 3.43 Kina
Monthly ticket public transport 135 Kina
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 39 Kina
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 50 Kina
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 161 Kina
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 29 Kina
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 20 Kina
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 24 Kina
4 rolls of toilet paper 10 Kina
Tube of toothpaste 6 Kina
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 41 Kina
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 105 Kina
2 tickets to the movies 47 Kina
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 75 Kina
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 232 Kina
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 46 Kina
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 12 Kina
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 11 Kina
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 3,241 Kina
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.60 Kina
1 month of gym membership in business district 483 Kina
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 24 Kina

Map of Cost of Living in Papua New Guinea

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This map shows only the top cities in Papua New Guinea. 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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