Cost of Living in Stockholm

Summary about cost of living in Stockholm:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 110.00 kr 95.00-150.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 700.00 kr 550.00-800.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 75.00 kr 69.00-85.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 60.00 kr 50.00-70.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 60.00 kr 50.00-70.00
Cappuccino (regular) 36.26 kr 30.00-45.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 20.08 kr 14.00-25.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 19.08 kr 15.00-25.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 40.26 kr 34.07-49.21
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 20.17 kr 13.61-27.22
Rice (white), (1 lb) 12.04 kr 9.07-19.05
Eggs (regular) (12) 27.30 kr 22.00-35.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 39.78 kr 31.75-54.43
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 48.52 kr 31.75-63.05
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 69.83 kr 38.10-99.79
Apples (1 lb) 11.60 kr 9.07-13.61
Banana (1 lb) 9.91 kr 9.07-11.79
Oranges (1 lb) 10.97 kr 9.07-13.61
Tomato (1 lb) 13.93 kr 9.07-18.14
Potato (1 lb) 4.62 kr 4.08-5.44
Onion (1 lb) 4.92 kr 4.08-6.80
Lettuce (1 head) 17.52 kr 10.00-25.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 15.33 kr 10.00-20.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 90.00 kr 80.00-120.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 17.26 kr 14.50-30.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 18.08 kr 13.00-23.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 60.00 kr 55.00-64.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 38.50 kr 30.00-43.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 830.00 kr 830.00-860.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 45.00 kr 45.00-55.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 21.24 kr 19.31-32.19
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 515.00 kr 450.00-700.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 53.51 kr 49.21-56.78
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 200,000.00 kr 189,000.00-250,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 194,570.06 kr 159,990.00-266,900.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 724.27 kr 400.00-1,168.75
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.80 kr 0.50-2.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 296.96 kr 200.00-399.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 394.54 kr 250.00-599.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 249.76 kr 150.00-350.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 129.00 kr 120.00-150.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,412.00 kr 1,000.00-4,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 47,545.45 kr 0.00-99,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 887.02 kr 600.00-1,100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 376.08 kr 249.00-500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 886.64 kr 700.00-1,200.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,357.29 kr 1,000.00-2,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 11,960.13 kr 7,275.00-15,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 8,014.03 kr 5,000.00-11,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 19,462.77 kr 14,000.00-25,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 13,175.49 kr 8,000.00-17,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 8,771.51 kr 7,432.18-9,290.23
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 5,469.23 kr 3,716.09-6,967.67
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 25,294.34 kr
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.85 1.50-2.20

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Last update: February 2018
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23 Comments so far

#ReplytoAnonymous on Jan 31, 2018 :
Yes..i agree on his point. if you are brown skinned,do NOT go to sweden.People here are kinda intolerant and do not like coloured people and you may face discrimination,verbal abuse etc etc. Plus its cold and expensive to live in here..Look for any other place to go..
#Uniken on Jan 15, 2018 :
So this is a summary.

You can get by with 20 000SEK or 45 000SEK, it’s all up to you.
In general, it’s hard to find a place in Stockholm, and most of the time it’s up to your budget where you can liv. If you are lucky and have contacts you can find something in city centre for low rent.
If you live a bit outside of city centre you can find cheap places to rent, but look out as some of these places are “bad”, mostly immigrants and lots of crime.

If you eat lunch out every day, you can expect around 100SEK for each meal, but you can also find something for around 40-45SEK. A coffee cost from 20-45SEK.

So everything comes down to expenses, if you make 20 000SEK the tax is 33% 6600 will go for tax, rest is yours.

The wages are up to you, don’t always take the first offer. You can also include that you get a SL card (Monthly Pass for Transportation) as part of the offer you accept, this will save you lots of money at the end of the year. Everything is up for discussion as long as you bring it up, worst case they say no.
#Anonymous on Dec 20, 2017 :
Sujit you shouldn’t go to Stockholm ... language issue will be a prob .. you ur wife would be treated differently on the basis of your race (Indian to be exact ) swedes are intolerant to Indians and racist as well ... choose some other English speaking nation or friendly country .. immigrants are not welcomed ..
#RASULBEK on Aug 14, 2017 :
hi everyone

I would like to know the wage of cleaners or dishwasherss' wage

please provide me some information on that

thanks for answer and attention
#Sujit on Aug 07, 2017 :
So I got a call for a company called Mylan in Stockholm, Sweden I suppose. I had applied sometime back through academicworks. So since i wasnt sure about salary in SEk currency, he told it would be 5500$ that sums upto 45k SEK before taxes. How much taxes will be on 45k. Also is it feasible to ask more salary since I if selected would require my wife and 3 yr old kid to move in. How much can I save in current salary as they stated?
#Anonymous on Jun 21, 2017 :
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.

That's completely describe the difference between incoming people and the locals who has either old first hand contract or bought an apartment several years ago.
I pay 15000/month for 2 bedroom (90m2) outside Stockholm. And it is a pretty average price. No one new person in Stockholm can find 1 bedroom less than for 10000.
That's makes it a very different experience and expectation on salary for people.
#Anonymous on Apr 13, 2017 :
Hi, I'm moving to Stockholm with my wife and dog in a few weeks and I'm really scared with prices of rent there. Is it normal to pay 16000 sek on a 64 sqm flat? My salary will be 36500 sek/month so I guess this will be way more than 50% of my net income. I was told that it's absolutely normal to pay that percentage of your salary just on rent there, is this true?
#Mişi on Mar 10, 2017 :
Hi, I plan to conduct my PhD study at Karolinska Institute,
Could you please let me know that
how much does living expenses cost per month,
How much pound do I need for it,
thank you for pay attention
#Jai on Feb 05, 2017 :
I am a website developer in India. Now, I want to move some another country to earn more. I was thinking about Stockholm, Can anybody pls let me know how much salary should I expect in Stockholm as 2 years experienced. and how much does it cost to live for a single pure vegetarian typical Indian person? Also where can I find web developer job in Stockholm?
#Kindau pset on Dec 09, 2015 :
How do to find an ok job here, if you are a student and want to work part time? It is borderline impossible! I think, this city is a hopeless place for young people. The environment, social norms and life suit a pensioneer or middle age people at best, but for a young peron it can be a terrible place to exist (yes, life is extremely boring here).
#Janice Fisher on Jun 13, 2015 :
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#Mike on Dec 25, 2014 :
Prices look realistic for December 2014. "Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 600 SEK", that does not include drinks. Do expect a tab at 1000+ if you want a bottle of wine.
#Kalpesh Patel on Oct 01, 2014 :
I'm a resident of India and I was looking to move to Sweden for a job. can you guys help me with a job portal or recruitment firms in and around Stockholm? I work in the advertising field and I have a lot of international experience with agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi and Lowe. About 13 years of experience. I love Stockholm. Seems really nice to work and live in.
#harold on Jul 15, 2014 :
Watch the video “glass walls” with a very important message from Paul McCartney and know what you eat
Warning: Explicit violent content towards animals
#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.