Cost of living in Somalia

Summary of cost of living in Somalia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 20,814,195 S
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 10,102,621 S
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 66,877 S
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 112,771 S
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 43,022 S
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 8,500 S
12 eggs, large 30,043 S
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes -
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 46,000 S
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 23,957 S
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 9,788 S
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 10,000 S
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 154,314 S
2 liters of coca-cola 26,475 S
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 8,609 S
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 8,500,000 S
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 3,327,020 S
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 400,000 S
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 10,000,000 S
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 6,000,000 S
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 850,000 S
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 166,652 S
40” flat screen tv 3,000,000 S
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) -
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 97,294 S
Hourly rate for cleaning help 46,000 S
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 150,000 S
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) -
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 200,000 S
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 330,000 S
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 32,000,000 S
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 11,525 S
Monthly ticket public transport 531,089 S
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 17,000 S
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) -
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 25,000 S
4 rolls of toilet paper 16,000 S
Tube of toothpaste 8,500 S
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 44,511 S
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 100,000 S
2 tickets to the movies -
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 -
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 17,000 S
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 26,065 S
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) -
Ipad wi-fi 128gb -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 325 S
1 month of gym membership in business district 394,242 S
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 26,361 S

Map of Cost of Living in Somalia


This map shows only the top cities in Somalia. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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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