Cost of living in Sweden

Summary of cost of living in Sweden

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 46,512 kr
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 25,086 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 70% of countries in the World (22 out of 71)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 129 kr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 91 kr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 64 kr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 15 kr
12 eggs, large 41 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 39 kr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 53 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 30 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 14 kr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 19 kr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 114 kr
2 liters of coca-cola 23 kr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 26 kr
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 19,958 kr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 15,359 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,006 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 13,165 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 10,150 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 444 kr
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 340 kr
40” flat screen tv 3,000 kr
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,456 kr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 129 kr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 164 kr
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 898 kr
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 415 kr
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 991 kr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,314 kr
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 272,928 kr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 22 kr
Monthly ticket public transport 891 kr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 70 kr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 100 kr
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 200 kr
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 34 kr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 31 kr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 35 kr
4 rolls of toilet paper 25 kr
Tube of toothpaste 24 kr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 210 kr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 519 kr
2 tickets to the movies 300 kr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 810 kr
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 838 kr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 167 kr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 42 kr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 72 kr
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 9,490 kr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.45 kr
1 month of gym membership in business district 426 kr
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 68 kr

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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:
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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 139
2nd Gothenburg 114
3rd Malmo 105

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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