Cost of living in Lilongwe, Malawi

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 3,362 Kwacha
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 2,965 Kwacha
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 1,064 Kwacha
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 782 Kwacha
12 eggs, large 1,002 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 751 Kwacha
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 3,058 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,215 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 480 Kwacha
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 570 Kwacha
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 5,790 Kwacha
2 liters of Coca-Cola 902 Kwacha
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 379 Kwacha
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 607,258 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 460,432 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 26,227 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 550,505 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 300,583 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 22,846 Kwacha
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 34,101 Kwacha
40” flat screen TV 367,623 Kwacha
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 79,836 Kwacha
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 3,008 Kwacha
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 41,516 Kwacha
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 32,270 Kwacha
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 62,393 Kwacha
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 66,803 Kwacha
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 7,774,590 Kwacha
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 825 Kwacha
Monthly ticket public transport 34,585 Kwacha
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) 2,476 Kwacha
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 4,000 Kwacha
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 20,191 Kwacha
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,600 Kwacha
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 1,908 Kwacha
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 1,000 Kwacha
4 rolls of toilet paper 868 Kwacha
Tube of toothpaste 475 Kwacha
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,250 Kwacha
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 13,950 Kwacha
2 tickets to the movies 4,000 Kwacha
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 20,700 Kwacha
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,600 Kwacha
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 1,035 Kwacha
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 875 Kwacha
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 300,000 Kwacha
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 77 Kwacha
1 month of gym membership in business district 20,828 Kwacha
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 828 Kwacha
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 146 prices entered by 10 different people.
Latest price update: July 12, 2018.

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