Unknown to many, these African countries offer some of the cheapest cost of living in the world. Out of the 10 countries in the world with a low cost of living, three are in Africa. The African continent may not offer much in the way of opportunities and amenities that Europe offer, but they offer a cheap cost of living.
Here are the The Top 10 Cheapest Countries to Live in Africa.
Kenya is a country in Eastern Africa. At 580,367 square kilometers, Kenya is the world’s 48th largest country by total area. With a population of more than 47.6 million people, Kenya is the 29th most populous country. Kenya is bordered by South Sudan to the northwest, Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the east, Uganda to the west, Tanzania to the south, and the Indian Ocean to the southeast.
Kenya’s capital and largest city is Nairobi, while its oldest city and first capital is the coastal city of Mombasa. Kisumu City is the third largest city in Kenya and is also an inland port on Lake Victoria. As of 2020, Kenya is the 10th cheapest country to live in Africa. It has the third largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa after Nigeria and South Africa.
Kenya is rated to be 45% cheaper than the USA, and Nairobi its largest city is 50% cheaper than London. On average the cost of living in Kenya ranges from $700 to $2500 per month.
Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern-Central Africa. Its neighbors are the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and Angola. The capital city in Zambia is Lusaka.
Originally inhabited by the Khoisan people, Zambia ranks as the 9th cheapest country in Africa. The southern African country is considered to be one of the most stunning, friendly, and untouched countries in Africa. Although the cost of living in the country is relatively high compared to some of its neighbors, it is still one of the cheapest countries in the world.
As a landlocked country, Zambia imports most of its products from its neighbors. The average cost of living in the country is around $600 to $1200 depending on your lifestyle. The country contains vast amounts of natural resources such as minerals, wildlife, forestry, freshwater, and arable land.
Located in East Africa, within the African Great Lakes region. Tanzania borders Uganda, Kenya, Comoro Islands, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Tanzania is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Over 100 different languages are spoken in Tanzania, making it the most linguistically diverse country in East Africa.
The United Nations estimated Tanzania’s 2018 population at 56.31 million, which is slightly smaller than South Africa, making it the second most populous country located entirely south of the Equator. Tanzania comes in as the 8th least expensive country in Africa. The East African country is home to some of Africa’s most majestic game reserves.
The Cost of living in Tanzania varies with its largest city, Dar es Salaam, having a higher cost of living than other parts of the country. On average however, Tanzania remains a relatively inexpensive country. It’s Cost of living could average between $700 to $1800.
Morocco is a country located in the Maghreb region of North Africa. Morocco spans an area of 710,850 km2 and has a population of over 36 million. It overlooks the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, with land borders with Algeria to the east. The capital is Rabat, and the largest city is Casablanca.
As the 7th cheapest country in Africa, Morocco not only offers some of the best standards of living in Africa, it does so at a relatively cheap cost. The cost of living index of Morocco is pegged at 34%, making it one of the cheapest places on earth. This beautiful country is one of Africa’s wealthiest, and has some of its most spectacular scenery.
Morocco’s predominant religion is Islam, and its official languages are Arabic and Berber, the latter achieving official recognition in 2011. Moroccan culture is a blend of Berber, Arab, Sephardi Jews, West African, and European influences. It is a member of the Arab League, the Union for the Mediterranean, and the African Union.
Rwanda is a landlocked country in East Africa. One of the smallest countries on the African mainland, its capital city is Kigali. Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It has a population of over 12.6 million living on 26,338 km2 of land, and is the most densely populated mainland African country.
Rwanda’s population is young and predominantly rural, with a density among the highest in Africa. Home to the Hutu and Tutsi people, Rwanda is the 6th cheapest country in Africa. A country that has been dubbed the Singapore of Africa, Rwanda is one of Africa’s fastest growing economies.
The economy is based mostly on subsistence agriculture. Tourism is a fast-growing sector and is now the country’s leading foreign exchange earner. Music and dance are an integral part of Rwandan culture. Additionally, arts and crafts are produced throughout the country.
Located in West Africa, Nigeria borders Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west. A multinational state, Nigeria is inhabited by more than 250 ethnic groups with over 500 distinct languages. Nigeria has respectively, the fifth-largest Muslim population in the world and the sixth-largest Christian population in the world.
Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria is the 5th least expensive country to live in Africa. Nigeria is a lower middle-income economy with a gross national income per capita between $1,000 and $3,900. It is the most populous country in Africa and is the seventh most populous country in the world, with an estimated 206 million inhabitants as of late 2019.
Nigeria is often referred to as the Giant of Africa, owing to its large population and economy. It is also considered to be an emerging market and has been identified as a regional power on the African continent.
Uganda is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania.
Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large portion of the south of the country, including the capital Kampala. This central African country is nicknamed the pearl of Africa.
The country gets its nickname from the bodies of water abound its borders. Uganda, despite all its beauty remains one of the cheapest places to live in Africa. The official languages are English and Swahili. However, Luganda, a central language, is widely spoken across the country.
Algeria is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa. Algeria is bordered by Tunisia, Libya, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, and the Mediterranean Sea. The capital and most populous city is Algiers, located in the far north of the country. With an area of 2,381,741 square kilometers, Algeria is the tenth-largest country in the world, and the largest by area in the African Union and the Arab world, with an estimated population of over 44 million.
The North African country is famous for producing some of the best dates in the world. Algeria is ranked as the 3rd least expensive place to live in Africa. It is one of a handful of countries that have achieved 20% poverty reduction in the past two decades. The country offers free healthcare to its citizens.
Algeria is a regional and middle power. It has the highest human development index of all non-island African countries, and one of the largest economies on the continent, based largely on energy exports. Algeria has the 16th largest oil reserves in the world and the second largest in Africa.
Egypt is a transcontinental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia. Islam is the official religion of Egypt and Arabic is its official language. With over 100 million inhabitants, Egypt is the most populous country in North Africa, the Middle East, and the Arab world. About half of Egypt’s residents live in urban areas like Cairo, Alexandria, and other major cities in the Nile Delta.
Egypt is one country that may not strike you as being inexpensive given its large tourism market. It is a country for both adventure and history lovers. It offers some of the world’s most amazing wonders along with natural beauty and ancient temples. In addition to a low cost of living, the country is also filled by an array of investment opportunities.
Egypt is considered to be a regional power in North Africa, the Middle East and the Muslim world, and a middle power worldwide. It has one of the largest and most diversified economies in the Middle East, which is projected to become one of the largest in the world in the 21st century.
Tunisia is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa, covering 163,610 square kilometers. Its northernmost point, Cape Angela, is also the northernmost point on the African continent. Tunisia is bordered by Algeria, Libya, and the Mediterranean Sea. The country’s population was 11.7 million in 2019.
Tunisia is Africa’s least expensive country and the 5th least expensive place in the world. Food and housing are relatively cheap in the country and the country is considered to be 94 times cheaper to live in than New York.
Tunisia is the only country in North Africa classified as Free by the Freedom House organization, and is also considered as the only fully democratic state in the Arab World with one of the highest human development on the continent.
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