Cost of living in Sweden

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 109 kr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 76 kr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 53 kr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 12 kr
12 eggs, large 35 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 31 kr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 52 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 26 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 10 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 19 kr
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 17,417 kr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 11,916 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,124 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 11,222 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 8,228 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 678 kr
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 236 kr
40” flat screen TV 3,975 kr
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,337 kr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 75 kr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 280 kr
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 934 kr
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 363 kr
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 936 kr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,357 kr
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 204,869 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) 52 kr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 94 kr
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 259 kr
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 37 kr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 40 kr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 30 kr
4 rolls of toilet paper 22 kr
Tube of toothpaste 21 kr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 301 kr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 408 kr
2 tickets to the movies 258 kr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 847 kr
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 752 kr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 130 kr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 39 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) 0.92 kr
1 month of gym membership in business district 415 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 168
2nd Gothenburg 145
3rd Uppsala 145
4th Malmo 140
5th Visby 138

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

  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Stockholm costs 500 kr (2 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Stockholm costs 50 kr (2 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Stockholm costs 45 kr (2 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Stockholm costs 140 kr (2 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Stockholm costs 850 kr (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Stockholm costs 230 kr (2 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Stockholm costs 500 kr (2 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Stockholm costs 20 kr (2 days ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Stockholm costs 25 kr (2 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Stockholm costs 44 kr (2 days ago)