The cost of living in Angola used to be astronomical but is now slightly more affordable, at least in a relative sense. According to the Mercer Cost of Living Survey for 2019, the capital city Luanda is now the 26th most expensive city to live in out of 209 cities on the list. This is a significant drop from previous years. However, the country is still much more expensive than other African cities like Beirut (53rd) and Cape Town (180th).

The destruction and devastation caused by nearly 30 years of war have left Angola with little infrastructure to produce and manufacture goods, and even less arable land to use for basic agricultural development. As a result, nearly everything is imported and costly – even the fresh fruits and vegetables that are usually reasonably priced in even the most obscure of locations.

Transport costs are readily tacked onto anything, and as the price of petrol continues to rise, so does the cost of both basic and luxury items in Angola.

Furthermore, as large companies continue to use Luanda and its surrounds as a home base for operations that look to extract many of the country's natural resources, the demand for high-quality goods and services increases.


Cost of accommodation in Angola

The cost of accommodation in Angola has gone through the roof due to a glaring undersupply and overdemand. Low capacity and a lack of the kind of secure housing that can be used to entice expats to the country have set rental prices extraordinarily high. Nevertheless, most expats will find that their housing is provided and paid for by their company. If not, it’s important to factor this cost in and ensure that one's salary is proportionate to the high rental costs.


Cost of food in Angola

The amount of money an expat will spend on food will generally depend on their lifestyle and preferences. Fresh local produce is available at a reasonable price, however, most expats shop at the bigger supermarkets where many of the products are imported and are thus more expensive than they would be in other countries. Eating out is also quite expensive and not something that most people do regularly.


Cost of schooling in Angola

For expats with children, the cost of living in Angola looks even more lopsided. As the standards of local public and private schools are far from adequate, outrageously priced international schools are the remaining option. Annual tuition fees are extremely pricey and often don't include essentials such as textbooks, uniforms, admission and extra-curricular activities.


Transportation costs in Angola

Personal transport costs must also be taken into consideration. Although hiring a driver can be done quite cheaply, depending on daily needs, this can often be an unforeseen expense for many expats moving to Angola.


Cost of living in Angola chart 

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for Luanda in February 2020.

Accommodation (monthly rent)

Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

AOA 5,000,000

One-bedroom apartment in city centre

AOA 960,000

Food and drink

Milk (1 litre)

AOA 1,200

Rice (1kg)

AOA 1,700

Dozen eggs

AOA 1,900

Loaf of white bread

AOA 1,800

Chicken breasts (1kg)

AOA 5,200

Eating out

Three-course meal in restaurant for two

AOA 35,000

Big Mac Meal

AOA 5,600

Cappuccino

AOA 2,800

Coca-Cola (330ml)

AOA 2,400

Bottle of beer

AOA 1,800

Utilities (monthly)

Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)

AOA 13.50

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable)

AOA 20,500

Utilities 

AOA 130,000 

Transport

Taxi (rate per km)

AOA 445

One-way ticket (local transport)

AOA 206

Petrol (per litre)

AOA 220

Expat Health Insurance

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