Cost of living in Malé, Maldives

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 165 Rufiyaa
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 144 Rufiyaa
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 55 Rufiyaa
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 35 Rufiyaa
12 eggs, large 33 Rufiyaa
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 36 Rufiyaa
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 123 Rufiyaa
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 50 Rufiyaa
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 27 Rufiyaa
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 52 Rufiyaa
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 200 Rufiyaa
2 liters of Coca-Cola 37 Rufiyaa
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 27 Rufiyaa
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 25,212 Rufiyaa
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 18,056 Rufiyaa
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,073 Rufiyaa
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 21,410 Rufiyaa
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 14,285 Rufiyaa
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,281 Rufiyaa
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 733 Rufiyaa
40” flat screen TV 11,038 Rufiyaa
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,481 Rufiyaa
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 144 Rufiyaa
Hourly rate for cleaning help 75 Rufiyaa
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 683 Rufiyaa
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 708 Rufiyaa
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,555 Rufiyaa
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,102 Rufiyaa
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 169,304 Rufiyaa
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 14 Rufiyaa
Monthly ticket public transport 354 Rufiyaa
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 205 Rufiyaa
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 52 Rufiyaa
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 150 Rufiyaa
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 300 Rufiyaa
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 74 Rufiyaa
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 67 Rufiyaa
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 77 Rufiyaa
4 rolls of toilet paper 57 Rufiyaa
Tube of toothpaste 30 Rufiyaa
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 70 Rufiyaa
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 310 Rufiyaa
2 tickets to the movies 217 Rufiyaa
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 564 Rufiyaa
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 624 Rufiyaa
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 750 Rufiyaa
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 48 Rufiyaa
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 103 Rufiyaa
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 10,671 Rufiyaa
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.50 Rufiyaa
1 month of gym membership in business district 845 Rufiyaa
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 60 Rufiyaa
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 156 prices entered by 14 different people.
Latest price update: September 21, 2018.

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