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 19,778 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 11,236 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 6,125 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2,767 Franc
12 eggs, large 3,361 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3,854 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 8,806 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 6,556 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5,478 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 1,756 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 16,889 Franc
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3,259 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,289 Franc
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 4,158,940 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,542,860 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 147,528 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,895,350 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,055,770 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 79,834 Franc
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 108,382 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.) 30,000 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,957 Franc
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 1,463 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport 47,333 Franc
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
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 4,351 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 3,823 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) -
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 155,500 Franc
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 3,361 Franc
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 48 prices entered by 6 different people.
Latest price update: November 14, 2017.

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