Cost of living in Malé, Maldives

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 172 Rufiyaa
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 148 Rufiyaa
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 51 Rufiyaa
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 34 Rufiyaa
12 eggs, large 29 Rufiyaa
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 33 Rufiyaa
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 117 Rufiyaa
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 49 Rufiyaa
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 25 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 38 Rufiyaa
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 26 Rufiyaa
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 24,689 Rufiyaa
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 18,607 Rufiyaa
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,194 Rufiyaa
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 18,927 Rufiyaa
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 13,050 Rufiyaa
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,280 Rufiyaa
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 733 Rufiyaa
40” flat screen TV 12,584 Rufiyaa
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,811 Rufiyaa
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 153 Rufiyaa
Hourly rate for cleaning help 57 Rufiyaa
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 744 Rufiyaa
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 721 Rufiyaa
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,522 Rufiyaa
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,088 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 310 Rufiyaa
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 202 Rufiyaa
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 44 Rufiyaa
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 166 Rufiyaa
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 294 Rufiyaa
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 80 Rufiyaa
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 59 Rufiyaa
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 71 Rufiyaa
4 rolls of toilet paper 56 Rufiyaa
Tube of toothpaste 28 Rufiyaa
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 60 Rufiyaa
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 317 Rufiyaa
2 tickets to the movies 206 Rufiyaa
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 215 Rufiyaa
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 680 Rufiyaa
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 750 Rufiyaa
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 43 Rufiyaa
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 103 Rufiyaa
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 9,166 Rufiyaa
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.50 Rufiyaa
1 month of gym membership in business district 836 Rufiyaa
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 55 Rufiyaa
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 238 prices entered by 18 different people.
Latest price update: January 23, 2018.

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