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) 75 kr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 52 kr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 11 kr
12 eggs, large 34 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 30 kr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 58 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 25 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 99 kr
2 liters of Coca-Cola 21 kr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 17 kr
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 17,187 kr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 11,659 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,026 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 11,577 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 8,549 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 650 kr
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 237 kr
40” flat screen TV 4,160 kr
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,352 kr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 69 kr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 236 kr
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 907 kr
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 386 kr
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 944 kr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,395 kr
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 213,334 kr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 15 kr
Monthly ticket public transport 825 kr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 52 kr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 95 kr
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 254 kr
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 42 kr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 40 kr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 31 kr
4 rolls of toilet paper 22 kr
Tube of toothpaste 18 kr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 307 kr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 371 kr
2 tickets to the movies 258 kr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 713 kr
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 716 kr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 133 kr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 41 kr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 62 kr
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 4,677 kr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.52 kr
1 month of gym membership in business district 451 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 169
2nd Gothenburg 147
3rd Visby 140
4th Malmo 138

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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Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Växjö costs 3,500 kr (about 13 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Stockholm costs 70 kr (about 21 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Stockholm costs 150 kr (about 21 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Stockholm costs 1,200 kr (about 21 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Stockholm costs 120 kr (about 21 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Stockholm costs 34 kr (about 21 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Stockholm costs 16,000 kr (about 21 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Stockholm costs 18,000 kr (about 21 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Stockholm costs 130 kr (about 21 hours ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Stockholm costs 15 kr (about 21 hours ago)