Cost of Living in Stockholm, Sweden

Prices in Stockholm

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 103.92
Rent Index: 43.80
Groceries Index: 95.87
Restaurants Index: 107.54
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 74.87
Local Purchasing Power: 98.62

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 90.00 kr
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 600.00 kr
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 68.00 kr
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 52.00 kr
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 50.00 kr
Cappuccino (regular) 31.48 kr
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 19.42 kr
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 17.57 kr
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 9.22 kr
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 21.78 kr
Rice (white), (1kg) 24.73 kr
Eggs (12) 25.10 kr
Local Cheese (1kg) 86.61 kr
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 77.10 kr
Apples (1kg) 22.06 kr
Oranges (1kg) 21.07 kr
Tomato (1kg) 27.27 kr
Potato (1kg) 8.29 kr
Lettuce (1 head) 14.50 kr
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 15.71 kr
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 80.00 kr
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 14.06 kr
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 14.27 kr
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 54.50 kr
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 36.00 kr
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 790.00 kr
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 45.00 kr
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 12.00 kr
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 457.00 kr
Gasoline (1 liter) 14.77 kr
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 185,000.00 kr
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 1,017.90 kr
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.85 kr
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 230.18 kr
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 419.64 kr
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 240.00 kr
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 110.00 kr
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 943.00 kr
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 369.28 kr
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 860.50 kr
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 1,082.14 kr
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 8,923.08 kr
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 5,171.62 kr
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 15,157.89 kr
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 9,421.05 kr
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 68,312.50 kr
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 37,538.46 kr
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 22,330.27 kr
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.11

These data are based on 1822 entries in the past 18 months from 260 different contributors.

Last update: August, 2014

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26 Comments so far

#harold on Jul 15, 2014 :
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#Mrs Sandra Kings on Jun 30, 2014 :
are you looking for an urgent loan?get back to us with an email.
##Stockholmrecident on Jun 29, 2014 :
#Mirec 37000 is. Above average, so its not that bad.
#Stockholmresident on Jun 29, 2014 :
#Luc yes 60000 sek/month is a very good salary and you will be able to live a comfy life!
#Stockholmresident on Jun 29, 2014 :
The #usmigrant guy is lying, if he earned 74000 sek/month he would have loads of money. I earn 36000/month = 27000 after tax, I live 15 min from city center and pay about 5000/ month in rent and mortgage. The monthly transportation card = 790 sek and I can travel how much I want any where in the Stockholm region. Food that we eat at home costs about 5000 sek/month (and we do never by low price food, only organic high quality stuf).

Salaries here: 74000 sek/month? Very few people got that sort of salary. On my last job (im running my own business now) I earned 50000 sek/month, and thats high and I had a very comfy life (believe me I do spend lots of money on fanzy restaurants etc.)... So dont believe that guy!m
#Luc on Apr 05, 2014 :
I mean, 60.000 before taxes . OMG , Am I in a trap ?
#Luc on Apr 05, 2014 :
Is 60.000 sek a good salary in Stockholm ?
#Mirek on Apr 02, 2014 :
I am 30sth year old, well experienced manager for one of the international companies that has a hub office here in Sthlm. Relocated to Sweden some time ago.I make 37k SEK/m before taxes. I won't even mention the rental cost, because it's just sad and depressing. But please tell me - is my company ripping me off? I was aiming for the salary that is significantly above the average (comparable to what I was making in my country) and it seems I ended up with a "some office job salary". Help me out here please, if this is the case (and the rental market) than I'm afraid I will get more depressed.
#AJ on Mar 12, 2014 :
After reading all posts I am totally confused as to what is a good salary and what are taxes.

I will be coming there to live in stockholm, Sweden on work permit for 2 yrs. I have following questions.

1. What is the income tax slab in Sweden?
2. I have read the taxes as 60-70 % is this true? I though its flat 30 % over 500 K. :-(
3. What will be my take home if gross yearly salary as 500 K?
4. I intent to rent a 1 room place and initially plan to travel using public transport. My office would be near Norrtullsgatan, Stockholm.
5. Will take home salary post whatever taxes be sufficient to live with a 1.5 yr old child and non-working wife.

#Michael Stockholm on Feb 22, 2014 :
#USMigrant is insane. Or just a spoiled brat.

His picture of life in Stockholm has vary little to do with our reality.
You'd be good to half his estimates.
Most of us who live here earn around 19 000 SEK after taxes (and taxes pay for a lot here - schools, health insurance, pensions, roads, big part of public transportation...). And we do buy our homes. With great sacrifices, but seriously, where does middle class just get a house in the world.

If you want to rent 3 room apartment you can get away with 7-8000 SEK just 15 minutes away from the city center. If you want to buy one,it would cost you around 10-16000 per month. Of course one single person would most probably go for a smaller apartment, thus significantly lowering your expenses. I guess 10 000 per month would be sufficient if you don't want only too live, but even invest in an apartment.
#Atul P on Dec 03, 2013 :
Hello All,

I have an important decision to make so if someone can help me with their views i would really appreciate it. I am an Indian & will be in stockholm from april 2014 for 1 year. I just wanted to know what is more feasible ( Living in center stockholm or outside city limits). I am a student and will be attending a 1 year full-time masters course. It would be great if someone can suggest me about where to put up & how to go ahead. Also would like to know if students can work part-time in stockholm when they are studying. If someone can write me a detailed message i would be really thankful. You can mail me on my e-mail id or post your reply here.

#USMigrant on Nov 19, 2013 :
Cost here is insane!

1, Rent 16 000/month second hand (3 room 90 square meters.. not "big" by US standards)
2, 15 years waiting time to get a first hand contract
3, Under these conditions you need to manually via labour (cant use a loan for down payment), save half a million SEK as most "normal" apartments (non-soviet looking) are 5 - 6 million SEK... that nearly a Million USD!
4, My only way out is to find someone that will accept a bribe of a couple of hundred thousand for a first hand contract... as I can get that as a personal loan.
5, I make 74 000 SEK a month base salary, and have nothing left each month... I do not live in luxury. I have an old car. I pay half in taxes...

I am above the top 98% of salaries in the country and I can't afford a decent car... I have everything I need and nothing I want... But I do have lots of vacation though... :)
#stockholm tourist on Jul 27, 2013 :
Hello guys!

Im going to sweden for vacation and this site is really beneficial! Im going to stay in central stockholm as well. Really excited! Tack sa mycket! :-)
#Jan Banan on Jul 26, 2013 :
Forgot to add. I think you can get buy fairly well on 25-30k after taxes.

7-12k for rent
6-9k for daily food and living expenses
0.8k for transport
14-22k total monthly expenditure.

Most savings achived by renting outside of central stockholm. Having the SL card for transport is hard to avoid, in particular in winter.

#Jan Banan on Jul 26, 2013 :
Central stockholm is very expensive compared to most major cities in the world, and comparing to London i would say going out is more expensve (entertainment, restaurants, drinks etc). However this is counter balance by cheaper and better quality of housing - PROVIDED YOU BUY A PLACE. Renting qill kill you as it is practially an illegal black market and all legal primary tenancy contracts go through a queue system. I have been in that queue for 4 years, and if im luck, i can get an apartment to rent in central stockholm in 10 years time. Maybe. So dont rent, just buy. Anybody with a decent job can get a fairly decent mortgage here.

Cinema... 100-130 kr
Beer 0.5l 70 -80 kr
SL pass 790 kr for a month
Wine 90-120
Lunch 75 - 100 kr Anybody that can tell me where to buy lunch under 75kr that isn not McDonalds please let me know. I will pay you.

Herr Banan
#Ashutosh Singh on Jul 23, 2013 :
Hi Sameer,

40k is a good salary. An apartment 1 living room 1 bed room and kitchen toilet will cost around 10k outside main city. 33% tax can be assumed leaving a salary of 27k.
DO NOT ENTER THE COUNTRY WITHOUT A VISA OF LESS THAN ONE YEAR IF YOU ARE NON EU. THEY WILL TORTURE YOU TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY. Without an year visa you will not get a personal number and they will make you suffer at every stage of life.

#Mohd Sameeruddin on Jul 10, 2013 :
Hi guys,

I am going to relocate to Stockholm.
Just wanted to ask all of you how much should i expect in terms of salary from the firm.
40000 SEK is sufficient or less.

Waiting for your feedback.

Rgds// Sameer
#Stockholm on Oct 03, 2012 :

I think you have the salary wrong, for more details check
Its good to use for statistical data.

You could add some extra fun to this, is how much insurance cost for a car.
Here owning a car is really pricy.

Otherwise quite good work!

#chandra on Jul 13, 2012 :
I am planning for relocating Stockholm . i to know want to know what will be the cost of leaving for a couple and a child/month, includingds all spending for an average person.

kind regards
#Kirk Harrington on May 29, 2012 :
Hi! I'm doing a study of Stockholm and am interested in understanding the house renting market outside the city (and what are the areas where houses for rent are generally found--and what kind of cost would someone be looking at).

#Louise on Jan 26, 2012 :
I do think these prices are relevant. Obviously it's gonna be more expensive to have a beer or a drink at one of the upscale places in central Stockholm, than an ordinary joint outside. Remember that only 400 000 our of 2 000 000 people live in central Stockholm.

There are many different housing markets in Stockholm, both short term rentalslike and long term rentals. Furnished temporary rentals are obviouslt more expensive than permanent housing.
#marcel wijnhorst on Jan 22, 2012 :
Is there something avaialble that gives a comparising between cost of living in Cape Town to were we are going to relocate "Stockholm" I am now getting salary in ZAR and this will change to SEK and as Stockholm cost of living seems to be much more expensive and would like to find out if there is something avaiable which salary I need to earn compare to what I am earning now in ZAR in Cape Town with paying 40% Tax.
#Moooo on Mar 25, 2011 :
@ Marcus

Where do you buy your beer? The price listed is shop prices not city centre club prices.
Bar prices for a 0.5 litre beer is between €3-8 depending on where you go.
#Marcus on Feb 15, 2011 :
by the way, the index is low compared to the reality ! you guys should increase the prices shown at least 30% or more though..

Sample, Reality, at least
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 60 SEK
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 80 SEK
One-way Ticket (local transport) 30 SEK
Monthly Pass 690 SEK
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 100 SEK to 130 SEK
#Marcus on Feb 15, 2011 : bedroom apt in Stockholm city centre cost 4000 SEK? You got to be kidding ! Student apartment 24sqm already cost 3800 SEK!
#Maja on Feb 03, 2011 :
Hi, as a recident of Stockholm I can tell you that your index is quite of on the rent situation. I live in a one bedroom apt. in the city centre and have a very average rent of aprox. 4000 SEK per month. Also the cost of public transportation is slightley higher than stated.

Kindest regards


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