Cost of living in Sweden

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 110 kr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 76 kr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 54 kr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 11 kr
12 eggs, large 36 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 32 kr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 51 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 26 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 99 kr
2 liters of Coca-Cola 21 kr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 20 kr
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 17,850 kr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 12,048 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,175 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 11,504 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 8,400 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 698 kr
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 230 kr
40” flat screen TV 4,004 kr
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,359 kr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 78 kr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 285 kr
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 940 kr
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 370 kr
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 934 kr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,336 kr
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 204,040 kr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 15 kr
Monthly ticket public transport 838 kr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 51 kr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 93 kr
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 259 kr
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 39 kr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 41 kr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 29 kr
4 rolls of toilet paper 23 kr
Tube of toothpaste 21 kr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 311 kr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 413 kr
2 tickets to the movies 257 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 757 kr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 129 kr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 38 kr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 61 kr
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 4,692 kr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.94 kr
1 month of gym membership in business district 414 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 173
2nd Gothenburg 154
3rd Uppsala 148
4th Malmo 141
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.

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

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Stockholm costs 40 kr (about 22 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Stockholm costs 500 kr (about 22 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Stockholm costs 10,000 kr (about 22 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Stockholm costs 30 kr (about 22 hours ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Stockholm costs 25 kr (about 22 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Stockholm costs 25 kr (about 22 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Stockholm costs 120 kr (about 22 hours ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Stockholm costs 18 kr (about 22 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Stockholm costs 20 kr (about 22 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Stockholm costs 30 kr (about 22 hours ago)