Cost of living in Sweden

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 109 kr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 75 kr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 54 kr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 11 kr
12 eggs, large 34 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 31 kr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 54 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 26 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 10 kr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 17 kr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 98 kr
2 liters of Coca-Cola 21 kr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 19 kr
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 17,792 kr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 12,359 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,069 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 11,763 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 8,237 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 637 kr
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 231 kr
40” flat screen TV 4,133 kr
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,371 kr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 72 kr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 254 kr
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 934 kr
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 373 kr
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 934 kr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,367 kr
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 204,538 kr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 14 kr
Monthly ticket public transport 834 kr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 56 kr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 104 kr
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 250 kr
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 39 kr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 39 kr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 32 kr
4 rolls of toilet paper 21 kr
Tube of toothpaste 19 kr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 308 kr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 390 kr
2 tickets to the movies 258 kr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 816 kr
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 729 kr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 130 kr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 39 kr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 61 kr
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 4,706 kr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.91 kr
1 month of gym membership in business district 425 kr
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 63 kr

Map of Cost of Living in Sweden

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This map shows only the top cities in Sweden. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Sweden

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Stockholm 172
2nd Uppsala 148
3rd Gothenburg 148
4th Malmo 142
5th Visby 142

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Are you moving to Sweden? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Sweden of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Stockholm costs 10,000 kr (about 16 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Stockholm costs 15,000 kr (about 16 hours ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Stockholm costs 15,000 kr (about 16 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Stockholm costs 20,000 kr (about 16 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Stockholm costs 20 kr (about 16 hours ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Stockholm costs 5.00 kr (about 16 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Stockholm costs 15 kr (about 16 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Stockholm costs 90 kr (about 16 hours ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Stockholm costs 12 kr (about 16 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Stockholm costs 10 kr (about 16 hours ago)