Cost of living in Sweden

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 107 kr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 74 kr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 51 kr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 11 kr
12 eggs, large 31 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 30 kr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 57 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 24 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 11 kr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 16 kr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 100 kr
2 liters of Coca-Cola 22 kr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 15 kr
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 17,116 kr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 11,533 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 987 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 11,869 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 7,792 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 701 kr
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 204 kr
40” flat screen TV 4,227 kr
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,255 kr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 68 kr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 237 kr
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 917 kr
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 367 kr
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 955 kr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,387 kr
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 219,772 kr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 14 kr
Monthly ticket public transport 812 kr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 52 kr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 98 kr
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 221 kr
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 40 kr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 33 kr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 31 kr
4 rolls of toilet paper 22 kr
Tube of toothpaste 19 kr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 289 kr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 389 kr
2 tickets to the movies 256 kr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 924 kr
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 658 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 Air 2, 64GB 5,082 kr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.88 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 189
2nd Gothenburg 161
3rd Visby 155
4th Malmo 151

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

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Gothenburg costs 64 kr (1 day ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Gothenburg costs 350 kr (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Gothenburg costs 39 kr (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Gothenburg costs 35 kr (1 day ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Gothenburg costs 130 kr (1 day ago)
  • 1 ticket to the movies in Gothenburg costs 260 kr (1 day ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for one in Gothenburg costs 300 kr (1 day ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Gothenburg costs 200 kr (1 day ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Gothenburg costs 15 kr (1 day ago)
  • 8 rolls of toilet paper in Gothenburg costs 13 kr (1 day ago)