The cost of living

Why is Angola so expensive for expats?

Angola, and Luanda in particular, is often ranked as one of the world’s most expensive places for expats. In Mercer’s 2011 Cost of Living Survey, Luanda was the most expensive city in the world. In 2012, it was second only to Tokyo.

The cost of living

Since the civil war ended in 2002, Angola has seen its economy stabilise, and oil and diamonds become its most valuable resource. The civil war severely limited supplies and damaged infrastructure.

The huge cost of accommodation in Angola drives up the cost of living for expats. However, it isn’t only housing that is expensive. Daily goods and services are also more costly than at home for many people.

The following is a list of commonly used products and services and their average price in Angola, specifically Luanda. Unless stated, the figures are from January 2013.

Clothing

  • A summer dress in an international chain store (Zara, H&M etc.) - US$190 (€143)
  • A pair of international brand trainers - US$130 (€98)
  • A pair of jeans (Levi, 501 or similar) - US$120 (€90)

Groceries & alcohol

In a major international supermarket:

  • 1kg apples - US$12 (€9)
  • 1kg potatoes - US$5 (€3.70)
  • 12 large eggs - US$5.50 (€4)
  • 500g loaf of white bread - US$1.25 (€0.94)
  • 1kg cheddar cheese - US$21.50 (€16)
  • 1 bottle of wine (mid-range) - US$25.50 (€19)
  • 500ml local beer - US$1.45 (€1)
  • Pack of 20 cigarettes - US$2.20 (€1.65)

Transportation

  • 1 litre of gasoline/petrol (average over 2012) - US$0.60 (€0.45)
  • Taxi start (normal tariff) - US$5 (€3.75)
  • Taxi 1 km (normal tariff) - US$3.75 (€2.80)
  • One way ticket (local transport) US$1.40 (€1)

Accommodation

  • Unfurnished, three bedroom apartment (city centre) per month - US$7,000 (€5,260)
  • Unfurnished, three bedroom apartment (suburbs) per month - US$3,600 (€2,700)
  • Unfurnished, one bedroom apartment (city centre) per month - US$4,000 (€3,000)
  • Unfurnished, one bedroom apartment (suburbs) per month - US$2,000 (€1,500)

Entertainment

  • Cinema, international release, per person - US$14 (€10.50)
  • Cappuccino, regular/medium - US$4.30 (€3.20)
  • Burger meal at McDonalds or similar - US$14 (€10.50)
  • Meal for two, mid-range restaurant, 3 courses - US$74 (€57)

Education

  • Annual private international primary school fees (excluding extras) - US$26,575 (€20,000)
  • Annual private international high school fees (excluding extras) - US$32,160 (€24,200)

Since the civil war ended in 2002, Angola has seen its economy stabilise, and oil and diamonds become its most valuable resource. The civil war severely limited supplies and damaged infrastructure.

The huge cost of accommodation in Angola drives up the cost of living for expats. However, it isn’t only housing that is expensive. Daily goods and services are also more costly than at home for many people.

The following is a list of commonly used products and services and their average price in Angola, specifically Luanda. Unless stated, the figures are from January 2013.

Clothing

  • A summer dress in an international chain store (Zara, H&M etc.) - US$190 (€143)
  • A pair of international brand trainers - US$130 (€98)
  • A pair of jeans (Levi, 501 or similar) - US$120 (€90)

Groceries & alcohol

In a major international supermarket:

  • 1kg apples - US$12 (€9)
  • 1kg potatoes - US$5 (€3.70)
  • 12 large eggs - US$5.50 (€4)
  • 500g loaf of white bread - US$1.25 (€0.94)
  • 1kg cheddar cheese - US$21.50 (€16)
  • 1 bottle of wine (mid-range) - US$25.50 (€19)
  • 500ml local beer - US$1.45 (€1)
  • Pack of 20 cigarettes - US$2.20 (€1.65)

Transportation

  • 1 litre of gasoline/petrol (average over 2012) - US$0.60 (€0.45)
  • Taxi start (normal tariff) - US$5 (€3.75)
  • Taxi 1 km (normal tariff) - US$3.75 (€2.80)
  • One way ticket (local transport) US$1.40 (€1)

Accommodation

  • Unfurnished, three bedroom apartment (city centre) per month - US$7,000 (€5,260)
  • Unfurnished, three bedroom apartment (suburbs) per month - US$3,600 (€2,700)
  • Unfurnished, one bedroom apartment (city centre) per month - US$4,000 (€3,000)
  • Unfurnished, one bedroom apartment (suburbs) per month - US$2,000 (€1,500)

Entertainment

  • Cinema, international release, per person - US$14 (€10.50)
  • Cappuccino, regular/medium - US$4.30 (€3.20)
  • Burger meal at McDonalds or similar - US$14 (€10.50)
  • Meal for two, mid-range restaurant, 3 courses - US$74 (€57)

Education

  • Annual private international primary school fees (excluding extras) - US$26,575 (€20,000)
  • Annual private international high school fees (excluding extras) - US$32,160 (€24,200)

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