Cost of living in Karlstad, Sweden

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 91 kr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 65 kr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 46 kr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 10 kr
12 eggs, large 30 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 25 kr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 46 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 19 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 145 kr
2 liters of Coca-Cola 20 kr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 13 kr
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 9,300 kr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 7,500 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,786 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 6,100 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 4,500 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,800 kr
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 250 kr
40” flat screen TV 3,578 kr
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,833 kr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 44 kr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 293 kr
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 750 kr
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 455 kr
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 960 kr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,300 kr
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 228,000 kr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 14 kr
Monthly ticket public transport 754 kr
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 60 kr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 90 kr
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 500 kr
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 42 kr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 66 kr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 32 kr
4 rolls of toilet paper 25 kr
Tube of toothpaste 23 kr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 288 kr
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 425 kr
2 tickets to the movies 177 kr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 575 kr
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 717 kr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 110 kr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 38 kr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 57 kr
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 4,990 kr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 2.16 kr
1 month of gym membership in business district 266 kr
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 58 kr
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 64 prices entered by 6 different people.
Latest price update: September 17, 2018.

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