Cost of living in Sweden

Summary of cost of living in Sweden

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 39,440 kr
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 20,837 kr
  • Cost of living in Sweden is cheaper than in 56% of countries in Western Europe (10 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Sweden is more expensive than in 76% of countries in the World (19 out of 75)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 113 kr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 82 kr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 56 kr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 13 kr
12 eggs, large 35 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 31 kr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 55 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 28 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 11 kr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 16 kr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 111 kr
2 liters of coca-cola 21 kr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 13 kr
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 16,770 kr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 12,188 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,241 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 11,605 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 8,157 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 426 kr
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 189 kr
40” flat screen tv 4,108 kr
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,078 kr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 47 kr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 210 kr
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 989 kr
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 412 kr
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,087 kr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,214 kr
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 258,244 kr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 14 kr
Monthly ticket public transport 721 kr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 53 kr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 116 kr
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 242 kr
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 37 kr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 27 kr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 26 kr
4 rolls of toilet paper 24 kr
Tube of toothpaste 19 kr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 304 kr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 362 kr
2 tickets to the movies 262 kr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 895 kr
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 642 kr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 129 kr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 41 kr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 65 kr
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 5,277 kr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 3.65 kr
1 month of gym membership in business district 352 kr
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 65 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:
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 178
2nd Gothenburg 155
3rd Uppsala 155
4th Örebro 146
5th Visby 141

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.

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Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Stockholm costs 68 kr (about 16 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Umeå costs 68 kr (2 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Umeå costs 250 kr (2 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Umeå costs 27 kr (2 days ago)
  • Public transport in Umeå costs 560 kr (2 days ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Umeå costs 750 kr (2 days ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 1 liter in Umeå costs 195 kr (2 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Umeå costs 140 kr (2 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Umeå costs 60 kr (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Umeå costs 37 kr (2 days ago)