Cost of living in Lusaka, Zambia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 62 Kwacha
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 50 Kwacha
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 32 Kwacha
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 12 Kwacha
12 eggs, large 18 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 11 Kwacha
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 60 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 26 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 15 Kwacha
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 13 Kwacha
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 133 Kwacha
2 liters of Coca-Cola 18 Kwacha
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 9 Kwacha
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 16,173 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 6,628 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 394 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 8,484 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 5,348 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 477 Kwacha
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 639 Kwacha
40” flat screen TV 8,206 Kwacha
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,348 Kwacha
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 47 Kwacha
Hourly rate for cleaning help 47 Kwacha
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 423 Kwacha
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 395 Kwacha
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 512 Kwacha
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 665 Kwacha
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 222,443 Kwacha
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 12 Kwacha
Monthly ticket public transport 252 Kwacha
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 103 Kwacha
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 46 Kwacha
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 48 Kwacha
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 359 Kwacha
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 39 Kwacha
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 34 Kwacha
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 33 Kwacha
4 rolls of toilet paper 22 Kwacha
Tube of toothpaste 13 Kwacha
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 68 Kwacha
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 253 Kwacha
2 tickets to the movies 104 Kwacha
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 272 Kwacha
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 405 Kwacha
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 40 Kwacha
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 27 Kwacha
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 17 Kwacha
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 4,166 Kwacha
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.15 Kwacha
1 month of gym membership in business district 436 Kwacha
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 20 Kwacha
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 318 prices entered by 20 different people.
Latest price update: June 17, 2018.

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