Cost of living in Sweden

Summary of cost of living in Sweden

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 50,878 kr
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 26,641 kr
  • Cost of living in Sweden is more expensive than in 67% of countries in Western Europe (7 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Sweden is more expensive than in 79% of countries in the World (15 out of 66)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 144 kr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 101 kr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 67 kr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 16 kr
12 eggs, large 45 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 42 kr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 55 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 33 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 16 kr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 21 kr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 118 kr
2 liters of coca-cola 25 kr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 18 kr
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 21,586 kr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 15,211 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,182 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 14,143 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 9,766 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 390 kr
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 315 kr
40” flat screen tv 4,699 kr
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,233 kr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 109 kr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 314 kr
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 879 kr
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 453 kr
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,017 kr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,481 kr
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 348,489 kr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 20 kr
Monthly ticket public transport 899 kr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 56 kr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 259 kr
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 252 kr
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 40 kr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 36 kr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 36 kr
4 rolls of toilet paper 41 kr
Tube of toothpaste 18 kr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 318 kr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 441 kr
2 tickets to the movies 322 kr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 944 kr
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 904 kr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 150 kr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 44 kr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 72 kr
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 6,541 kr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 8 kr
1 month of gym membership in business district 439 kr
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 70 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 140
2nd Helsingborg 119
3rd Uppsala 114
4th Norrköping 104

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

  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Stockholm costs 100 kr (about 19 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Umeå costs 650 kr (6 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Umeå costs 19 kr (6 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Umeå costs 100 kr (6 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Umeå costs 6,500 kr (6 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Umeå costs 8,000 kr (6 days ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Umeå costs 700 kr (6 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Umeå costs 8,500 kr (6 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Umeå costs 11,000 kr (6 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Umeå costs 25 kr (6 days ago)

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