Cost of living in Sweden

Summary of cost of living in Sweden

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 38,759 kr
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 19,056 kr
  • Cost of living in Sweden is cheaper than in 67% of countries in Western Europe (12 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Sweden is more expensive than in 69% of countries in the World (22 out of 68)
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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) 87 kr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 45 kr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 12 kr
12 eggs, large 34 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 33 kr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 48 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 18 kr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 99 kr
2 liters of coca-cola 20 kr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 20 kr
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 14,837 kr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 10,979 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,572 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 8,551 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 6,619 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 431 kr
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 302 kr
40” flat screen tv 2,879 kr
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,075 kr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 45 kr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 207 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) 326 kr
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 878 kr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,202 kr
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 240,369 kr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 16 kr
Monthly ticket public transport 762 kr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 66 kr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 75 kr
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 249 kr
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 33 kr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 35 kr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 33 kr
4 rolls of toilet paper 22 kr
Tube of toothpaste 20 kr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 323 kr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 422 kr
2 tickets to the movies 268 kr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 757 kr
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 745 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.) 66 kr
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 7,113 kr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.39 kr
1 month of gym membership in business district 323 kr
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 66 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 158
2nd Gothenburg 145
3rd Malmo 133
4th Visby 0

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

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Stockholm costs 10,000 kr (2 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Malmo costs 20 kr (4 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Gothenburg costs 3,400 kr (6 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Malmo costs 65 kr (6 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Malmo costs 250 kr (6 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Malmo costs 300 kr (6 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Malmo costs 300 kr (6 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Malmo costs 20 kr (6 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Malmo costs 30 kr (6 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Malmo costs 17 kr (6 days ago)

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