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The cost of living in Galati-Braila Metropolitan Area is relatively low compared to other large cities of the country, with 10-20% less than Cluj, Constanta, Timisoara and Iasi, reaching up to 30% less than Bucharest; shopping is cheaper in supermarkets and markets, while small shops are slightly more expensive.

The area has a diverse network of shopping centers: Real Hypermarket, Selgros, Billa, Kaufland, Metro, Careffour, Promenade Mall, Penny-Market, Winmarkt, Praktiker, Danube Center Mall, Euromall, other shopping centers are scheduled to be developed in the near future .

Some examples of groceries prices:

  • Bread: from 1.3 lei (about 0.3 €);
  • Water (2L): from 2 lei (about 0.4 €);
  • Milk (1L) from 3 lei (about 0.7 €);
  • Eggs (box of 10 eggs): from 4 lei (about 0.9 €);
  • Oil (1L): from 6 lei (about 1.5 €);
  • Fish (1 kg): from 10 lei (about 2.4 €);
  • Meat (1kg):
    • Pork: from 14 lei (about 3.4 €);
    • Beef: from 16 lei (about 3.6 €);
    • Chicken: from 9 lei (about 2 €);

How much we spend in a restaurant depends on its standard and location, with prices starting from 3.5 € (happy-hour or lunch menus with two dishes) to 5 € or more for one dish menu in restaurants with a higher standard.

Nightlife is much cheaper than in the capital, the entry into a club costs about 20-50 lei (around 4.5 - 12 €).

Cinema tickets cost around 20 lei (about 4.5 €), theater and concert tickets are more expensive: around 30 lei (about 7 €).

Regarding the cost of residential rents, in central areas the price starts at 3.5 € / sqm and can reach double for luxury apartments in recent built residential complexes.

The cost of basic utilities:

  • Electricity (1kWh) from 0.22 lei (about € 0.05);
  • Gas (1Mwh): from 88.64 lei (about € 21.6).

According to a study released in 2009 by the National Institute of Statistics, expenditures per person in South-East Region are 150€ monthly and they are divided into the following segments:

  • Buying food and drink: 22.7%
  • Buying non-food goods: 22.30%
  • Service Payment: 16.90%

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 September 2011 10:32

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