Cost of living in Minsk, Belarus

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 11 BYN
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 8 BYN
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 3.14 BYN
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1.19 BYN
12 eggs, large 2.50 BYN
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2.87 BYN
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 5.12 BYN
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1.69 BYN
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 0.79 BYN
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 1.65 BYN
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 14 BYN
2 liters of Coca-Cola 2.00 BYN
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 0.60 BYN
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 1,100 BYN
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 787 BYN
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 67 BYN
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 912 BYN
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 548 BYN
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 172 BYN
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 18 BYN
40” flat screen TV 918 BYN
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 210 BYN
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 10 BYN
Hourly rate for cleaning help 11 BYN
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 129 BYN
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 61 BYN
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 164 BYN
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 177 BYN
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 27,785 BYN
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 1.19 BYN
Monthly ticket public transport 31 BYN
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 8 BYN
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 9 BYN
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 9 BYN
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 24 BYN
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 4.60 BYN
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 3.94 BYN
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 4.34 BYN
4 rolls of toilet paper 1.75 BYN
Tube of toothpaste 2.69 BYN
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 14 BYN
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 31 BYN
2 tickets to the movies 13 BYN
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 54 BYN
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 89 BYN
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 14 BYN
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 3.30 BYN
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 4.60 BYN
iPad Air 2, 64GB 1,177 BYN
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.10 BYN
1 month of gym membership in business district 84 BYN
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 2.24 BYN
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 301 prices entered by 46 different people.
Latest price update: September 26, 2017.

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