Cost of living in Sweden

Summary of cost of living in Sweden

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 38,324 kr
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 20,374 kr
  • Cost of living in Sweden is cheaper than in 56% of countries in Western Europe (10 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Sweden is more expensive than in 74% of countries in the World (21 out of 77)
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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) 82 kr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 56 kr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 14 kr
12 eggs, large 35 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 30 kr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 56 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 16 kr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 113 kr
2 liters of coca-cola 22 kr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 11 kr
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 15,963 kr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 12,508 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 988 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 10,866 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 7,651 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 355 kr
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 180 kr
40” flat screen tv 3,716 kr
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,066 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) 984 kr
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 391 kr
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,070 kr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,244 kr
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 248,378 kr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 14 kr
Monthly ticket public transport 700 kr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 48 kr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 114 kr
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 258 kr
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 37 kr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 26 kr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 26 kr
4 rolls of toilet paper 22 kr
Tube of toothpaste 19 kr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 304 kr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 359 kr
2 tickets to the movies 267 kr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 821 kr
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 621 kr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 130 kr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 40 kr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 66 kr
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 5,576 kr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 2.78 kr
1 month of gym membership in business district 348 kr
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 65 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:
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 174
2nd Uppsala 155
3rd Gothenburg 155
4th Örebro 146
5th Visby 141

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 - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Malmo costs 7,000 kr (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Stockholm costs 3.00 kr (about 16 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Lulea costs 110 kr (4 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Lulea costs 140 kr (4 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Stockholm costs 14 kr (6 days ago)
  • Public transport in Stockholm costs 900 kr (9 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Stockholm costs 66 kr (10 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Stockholm costs 400 kr (10 days ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Stockholm costs 0.79 kr (10 days ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Stockholm costs 4,000 kr (10 days ago)