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Algeria, Algiers

Algeria, Algiers

Cost of living in Algiers, prices and what it is like to live for an Expat, quality of life / hardship, and compare cost of living for Expatriates as at October 2023.

What is it like to live in Algiers?

Algiers: Algiers is the capital and largest city of Algeria, and the second largest city in the Maghreb (after Casablanca).

Economy: Algiers is an important economic, commercial and financial centre, with in particular a stock exchange with a capitalization of 60 billion euros. The port of Algiers is also the most important of North Africa.

Inflation: 9.4% for Algeria as at July 2023.

Algiers Population: 7.8 Million (Metro) (2022 est.)

Expat Life: In Algeria Islamic values and local cultural sensitivities should be respected. It is not advisable to take photographs of local people, or official buildings etc. It is advisable to use your right hand for eating, greeting and accepting gifts. Expatriates should dress modestly (keeping knees and shoulders covered). Algerian businesswomen generally follow Western fashion and expatriate women may wear their normal (conservative) business attire. The working week is Sunday to Thursday. The safety risk for expatriates in Algeria is medium overall, but high in the south. Risks include general crime, social unrest, and armed attacks in the mountainous areas in the north and north-east of Algeria. Other risks include those related to seismic activity.

Health Care: Health care facilities at private clinics are generally better than at government hospitals.

For other areas within the country see Algeria.

Cost Of Living

What is the cost of living in Algiers?

The cost of living for expatriates in Algiers as at October 2023 is low in comparison to other places in the world, with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 49.8 (New York =100). We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Algiers is as follows:

1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: Cost is low for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$590. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$8.63, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$2.39, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$2.74 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$3.35.

2) Clothing: Cost is very low for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$530. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$40, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$79, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$80 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$43.

3) Communication: Cost is very high for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$490. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$23, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$16.96 per minute.

4) Education: Cost is very high for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30,000 in New York costs USD$38100. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$24,757 for Primary School, and USD$27,550 for High School.

5) Furniture & Appliances: Cost is very low for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2,500 in New York costs USD$1275. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$575, and USD$493 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.

6) Groceries: Cost is low for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$520. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$1.87, 1 kg oranges USD$1.03, 1 head lettuce USD$0.70, 1 kg potatos USD$0.33, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$3.03, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$4.64, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.16, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.18, 1 L full cream milk USD$4.46, and 1.5 L water USD$0.36.

7) Healthcare: Cost is very low for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$330. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$27, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$821.

8) Household Accommodation: Cost is low for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5,000 in New York costs USD$1500. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,885 in a central location, and USD$1,046 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.

9) Miscellaneous: Cost is high for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$415. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$8.13, while an international newspaper is USD$2.50.

10) Personal Care: Cost is average for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$340. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$27, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$135.

11) Recreation & Culture: Cost is average for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$270. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$5.75, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$30 per month.

12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Cost is very low for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$330. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$1.16, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.69, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$6.23, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$28.76.

13) Transport: Cost is very low for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$320. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.21, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$29,491.

How does the cost of living in Algiers compare?

Algiers is -28.5% cheaper than Houston TX for groceries, 35.3% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -56.2% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai.

What is the quality of life / hardship in Algiers?

Algiers is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.The hardship premium for Algiers for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Algiers) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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