Cost of living in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 21,625 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 11,955 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 6,556 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2,833 Franc
12 eggs, large 3,539 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3,363 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 9,361 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7,278 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 6,143 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 1,783 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 17,750 Franc
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3,556 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,714 Franc
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 4,384,110 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,766,670 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 178,571 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,064,290 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,050,000 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 96,667 Franc
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 132,500 Franc
40” flat screen TV 1,104,540 Franc
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 321,667 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 27,429 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 56,333 Franc
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 57,668 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 166,000 Franc
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 131,200 Franc
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 26,000,000 Franc
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 1,472 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport 44,250 Franc
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 28,112 Franc
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 11,800 Franc
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 20,000 Franc
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 53,500 Franc
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 15,678 Franc
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 7,979 Franc
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 7,579 Franc
4 rolls of toilet paper 4,160 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 2,525 Franc
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 22,047 Franc
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 56,667 Franc
2 tickets to the movies 24,000 Franc
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 33,000 Franc
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 100,833 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 12,571 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 5,939 Franc
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 3,956 Franc
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 163 Franc
1 month of gym membership in business district 184,583 Franc
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 3,505 Franc
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 33 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: November 17, 2018.

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