Cost of living in Sweden

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 112 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 33 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 30 kr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 50 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 26 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 11 kr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 17 kr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 98 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 18,536 kr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 12,613 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,249 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 11,848 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 8,616 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 777 kr
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 212 kr
40” flat screen TV 3,949 kr
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,149 kr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 75 kr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 301 kr
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 952 kr
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 372 kr
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 942 kr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,369 kr
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 202,181 kr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 15 kr
Monthly ticket public transport 840 kr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 52 kr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 93 kr
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 257 kr
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 35 kr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 41 kr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 30 kr
4 rolls of toilet paper 23 kr
Tube of toothpaste 21 kr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 318 kr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 430 kr
2 tickets to the movies 255 kr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 957 kr
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 733 kr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 130 kr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 38 kr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 62 kr
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 4,692 kr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.95 kr
1 month of gym membership in business district 423 kr
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 61 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 172
2nd Gothenburg 150
3rd Uppsala 148
4th Malmo 140
5th Visby 139

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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Prices recently added

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Stockholm costs 18,000 kr (about 17 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Stockholm costs 12,000 kr (4 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Malmo costs 100 kr (6 days ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Malmo costs 230,000 kr (6 days ago)
  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Gothenburg costs 20 kr (8 days ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Gothenburg costs 20 kr (8 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Gothenburg costs 400 kr (8 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Gothenburg costs 80 kr (8 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Gothenburg costs 45 kr (8 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Gothenburg costs 140 kr (8 days ago)