Cost of living in Sweden

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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) 73 kr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 50 kr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 11 kr
12 eggs, large 32 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 29 kr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 57 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 24 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 104 kr
2 liters of Coca-Cola 21 kr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 14 kr
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 16,575 kr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 12,329 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 983 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 11,817 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 7,885 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 771 kr
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 231 kr
40” flat screen TV 4,349 kr
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,339 kr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 64 kr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 219 kr
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 910 kr
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 384 kr
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 953 kr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,427 kr
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 221,437 kr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 14 kr
Monthly ticket public transport 815 kr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 53 kr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 118 kr
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 226 kr
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 37 kr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 31 kr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 31 kr
4 rolls of toilet paper 20 kr
Tube of toothpaste 18 kr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 281 kr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 376 kr
2 tickets to the movies 258 kr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 832 kr
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 673 kr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 133 kr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 40 kr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 60 kr
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 4,531 kr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.91 kr
1 month of gym membership in business district 480 kr
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 59 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 177
2nd Gothenburg 155
3rd Visby 145
4th Malmo 142

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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Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Stockholm costs 1,400 kr (1 day ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Stockholm costs 20 kr (2 days ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Stockholm costs 50 kr (2 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Stockholm costs 11 kr (2 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Stockholm costs 85 kr (2 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Stockholm costs 43 kr (2 days ago)
  • Public transport in Stockholm costs 830 kr (6 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Stockholm costs 20 kr (6 days ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Stockholm costs 36 kr (6 days ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Stockholm costs 40 kr (6 days ago)