Cost of living in Sweden

Summary of cost of living in Sweden

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 39,510 kr
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 21,125 kr
  • Cost of living in Sweden is cheaper than in 58% of countries in Western Europe (11 out of 19)
  • Cost of living in Sweden is more expensive than in 78% of countries in the World (22 out of 95)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 112 kr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 79 kr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 54 kr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 12 kr
12 eggs, large 35 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 34 kr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 52 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 27 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 12 kr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 16 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 17,452 kr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 11,967 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,150 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 11,424 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 7,498 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 786 kr
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 292 kr
40” flat screen tv 4,295 kr
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,025 kr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 80 kr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 305 kr
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 857 kr
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 320 kr
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 977 kr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,315 kr
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 216,183 kr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 16 kr
Monthly ticket public transport 772 kr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 59 kr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 81 kr
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 224 kr
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 43 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 23 kr
Tube of toothpaste 18 kr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 311 kr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 408 kr
2 tickets to the movies 254 kr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 878 kr
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 813 kr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 131 kr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 43 kr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 62 kr
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 4,671 kr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.59 kr
1 month of gym membership in business district 465 kr
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 61 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 169
2nd Gothenburg 143
3rd Uppsala 140
4th Malmo 138
5th Visby 132

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 month of gym membership in business district in Stockholm costs 450 kr (3 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Stockholm costs 375 kr (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Stockholm costs 40 kr (3 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Stockholm costs 20 kr (3 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Stockholm costs 20 kr (3 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Stockholm costs 130 kr (3 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Stockholm costs 13 kr (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Stockholm costs 20 kr (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Stockholm costs 40 kr (3 days ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Stockholm costs 80 kr (3 days ago)