Cost of living in Sweden

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 104 kr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 74 kr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 50 kr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 11 kr
12 eggs, large 33 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 31 kr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 57 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 25 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 11 kr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 17 kr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 104 kr
2 liters of Coca-Cola 21 kr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 15 kr
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 16,625 kr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 11,582 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 899 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 11,140 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 7,912 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 652 kr
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 253 kr
40” flat screen TV 4,327 kr
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,467 kr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 78 kr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 227 kr
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 894 kr
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 380 kr
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 963 kr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,414 kr
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 222,327 kr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 14 kr
Monthly ticket public transport 819 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) 212 kr
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 39 kr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 33 kr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 30 kr
4 rolls of toilet paper 20 kr
Tube of toothpaste 19 kr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 294 kr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 365 kr
2 tickets to the movies 262 kr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 713 kr
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 757 kr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 132 kr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 40 kr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 61 kr
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 4,848 kr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.95 kr
1 month of gym membership in business district 427 kr
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 60 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 178
2nd Gothenburg 156
3rd Visby 149
4th Malmo 144

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

  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Malmo costs 70 kr (3 days ago)
  • Public transport in Malmo costs 550 kr (3 days ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Malmo costs 5,195 kr (3 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Malmo costs 400 kr (3 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Malmo costs 22 kr (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Malmo costs 14 kr (3 days ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 1 liter in Malmo costs 150 kr (3 days ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Malmo costs 70 kr (3 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Malmo costs 95 kr (3 days ago)
  • Public transport in Malmo costs 600 kr (3 days ago)