Cost of living in Sweden

Summary of cost of living in Sweden

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 41,585 kr
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 21,927 kr
  • Cost of living in Sweden is cheaper than in 63% of countries in Western Europe (12 out of 19)
  • Cost of living in Sweden is more expensive than in 70% of countries in the World (25 out of 80)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 120 kr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 88 kr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 59 kr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 14 kr
12 eggs, large 38 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 34 kr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 52 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 27 kr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 12 kr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 16 kr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 115 kr
2 liters of coca-cola 22 kr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 22 kr
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 17,188 kr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 13,337 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,030 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 10,278 kr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 7,038 kr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 562 kr
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 287 kr
40” flat screen tv 3,242 kr
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,113 kr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 150 kr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 164 kr
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 863 kr
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 329 kr
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 887 kr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,180 kr
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 261,139 kr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 19 kr
Monthly ticket public transport 754 kr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 70 kr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 100 kr
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 249 kr
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 33 kr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 35 kr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 33 kr
4 rolls of toilet paper 22 kr
Tube of toothpaste 20 kr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 281 kr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 478 kr
2 tickets to the movies 284 kr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 810 kr
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 902 kr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 138 kr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 41 kr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 74 kr
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 7,113 kr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.62 kr
1 month of gym membership in business district 333 kr
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 66 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 158
2nd Gothenburg 137
3rd Malmo 128
4th Visby 0

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

  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Malmo costs 25 kr (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Malmo costs 29 kr (2 days ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Malmo costs 90 kr (2 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Malmo costs 145 kr (2 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Helsingborg costs 24 kr (5 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Helsingborg costs 24 kr (5 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Helsingborg costs 200 kr (5 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Helsingborg costs 12 kr (5 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Helsingborg costs 13 kr (5 days ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Helsingborg costs 64 kr (5 days ago)

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