Cost of living in Sweden

Summary of cost of living in Sweden

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 51,492 kr
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 26,770 kr
  • Cost of living in Sweden is cheaper than in 47% of countries in Western Europe (8 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Sweden is more expensive than in 78% of countries in the World (14 out of 59)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 140 kr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 101 kr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 77 kr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 16 kr
12 eggs, large 43 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 39 kr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 57 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 33 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 18 kr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 20 kr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 120 kr
2 liters of coca-cola 26 kr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 17 kr
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 22,179 kr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 15,224 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,507 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 14,247 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 9,839 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 375 kr
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 306 kr
40” flat screen tv 4,717 kr
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 837 kr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 114 kr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 288 kr
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 882 kr
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 437 kr
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,012 kr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,444 kr
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 351,506 kr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 19 kr
Monthly ticket public transport 906 kr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 74 kr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 264 kr
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 247 kr
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 54 kr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 40 kr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 40 kr
4 rolls of toilet paper 42 kr
Tube of toothpaste 23 kr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 338 kr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 447 kr
2 tickets to the movies 318 kr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,238 kr
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 899 kr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 150 kr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 44 kr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 71 kr
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 7,442 kr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 5.00 kr
1 month of gym membership in business district 468 kr
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 69 kr

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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:
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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 137
2nd Helsingborg 117
3rd Uppsala 113
4th Norrköping 102

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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