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Cost of living in Angola?

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By Stephanie - Posted on
04 July 2011
I've heard ridiculous things about the cost of living in Angola. Can someone give me an idea of what a family of four can expect to pay for basic essentials  - housing, utilities, food, a maid, etc...?

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You've probably heard ridiculous things about the cost of living in Angola, because honestly, the cost of living in Angola is ridiculous. Nothing is made or manufactured in Angola - everything is imported, and everything must pass through multiple levels of approval (which is granted by ranks upon ranks of corrupt bureaucrats, businessman and security personnel).

That said, just make sure your contract covers you, and most of your frustrating with the price of things will be alleviated.

The cost of housing in Angola is astronomical. Expect to pay between 5000 and 8000 USD per month for a two bedroom apartment, 12,000 to 20,000 for a four bedroom, and 20,000 to 30,000 a month for a large and upscale house. Utilities are usually included in cost, but be sure to get an accommodation allowance that covers the type of property you want.

Food is also expensive. If you eat -in, and you're a family of four, expect to spend between 2500 and 3000 USD on food per month. Dining out is exorbitant, especially considering that the you pay an unreal price for mediorcre food. Even fast food can cost as much as 20 USD per person.

Maids are reasonable, as is most service-delivery. Average monthly salares are between 400 and 600 USD a month.

You'll also need to make sure transport costs are covered. Most companies provide cars and drivers, but do look into this before signing a contract.

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Cost of a steak $100
beer $25
Pizza $30

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Thanks for the valuable info

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How many afrikaans speaking people are there? And how readily availible is meat?

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Hi Anonymous, there are many South African expats in Angola so you should find a few Afrikaans speaking people within your work place and expat community. However, the language of business in Angola is Portuguese and most executives will also understand English. Meat is available in most supermarkets and restaurants, but you're going to pay a premium for it - check the prices by Anonymous above. As with most food items, meat is very expensive. For a breakdown of what you can expect to pay for other general items, have a look at our Cost of Living in Angola page. For further general info on what you can expect if moving to Angola, check out our Angola Expat Guide.
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