Cost of Living in Stockholm

Summary about cost of living in Stockholm, Sweden:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 130.00 kr 100.00-250.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 800.00 kr 600.00-1,200.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 89.50 kr 84.00-100.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 70.00 kr 49.00-90.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 70.00 kr 50.00-90.00
Cappuccino (regular) 41.13 kr 27.00-52.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 24.42 kr 16.00-35.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 21.10 kr 15.00-34.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 48.65 kr 37.85-71.92
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 26.84 kr 17.87-45.36
Rice (white), (1 lb) 12.83 kr 9.07-18.14
Eggs (regular) (12) 34.94 kr 24.00-44.40
Local Cheese (1 lb) 42.90 kr 27.22-90.72
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 51.04 kr 27.22-77.11
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 83.86 kr 40.82-131.09
Apples (1 lb) 13.95 kr 6.80-18.14
Banana (1 lb) 11.16 kr 8.16-15.88
Oranges (1 lb) 11.83 kr 9.07-18.14
Tomato (1 lb) 18.20 kr 9.07-27.22
Potato (1 lb) 6.35 kr 3.63-9.98
Onion (1 lb) 5.91 kr 4.04-9.07
Lettuce (1 head) 23.05 kr 15.00-35.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 14.86 kr 10.00-30.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 100.00 kr 78.00-200.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 20.81 kr 14.00-35.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 22.81 kr 15.00-40.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 69.00 kr 65.00-75.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 39.00 kr 38.00-40.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 970.00 kr 950.00-1,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 50.00 kr 45.00-80.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 32.99 kr 22.53-56.33
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 510.00 kr 400.00-750.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 84.03 kr 78.94-90.96
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 250,000.00 kr 236,900.00-300,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 260,615.00 kr 239,900.00-340,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 876.15 kr 500.00-1,600.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.33 kr 1.00-2.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 369.43 kr 250.00-500.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 414.02 kr 250.00-699.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 370.59 kr 250.00-500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 150.00 kr 120.00-200.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,376.92 kr 1,200.00-1,510.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 85,625.00 kr 25,000.00-120,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 897.27 kr 500.00-1,099.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 426.24 kr 210.00-599.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 979.48 kr 600.00-1,500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,283.28 kr 799.00-1,900.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 14,145.17 kr 10,000.00-18,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 10,700.00 kr 7,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 24,250.00 kr 16,000.00-35,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 17,173.08 kr 12,000.00-25,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 10,785.95 kr 9,290.23-13,935.34
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 6,526.07 kr 4,645.11-10,219.25
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 32,161.17 kr
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.17 1.20-3.00

Prices in Stockholm

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27 Comments so far
Roman Kaharlytskyi on Jun 23, 2022:
Guys, change the city name from "Kiev" (a stupid russian word) to "Kyiv" (cool Ukrainian name)
Anonymous on Mar 23, 2022:
How is an offer of 45K SEK? Im from India and single. Is it a good idea to take this offer?
Anonymous on Jan 03, 2022:
All people complaining are either right-winged or economic migrant morons that care only about their own pockets and not the society where they live
Anonymous on Dec 18, 2021:
Sorry, I mean 60kSek gross wage and 40kSek net...
Anonymous on Dec 18, 2021:
I moved to Stockholm during 2020 with a child and I work as senior electronic engineer. I earn 6kSek per month (around 4k net wage) and I pay 1400Sek (rent+consumptions) per month in Södermalm for a 40 sqm apartment. Life cost is comparable to that I experienced in Germany, North Italy and South France, where I lived previously. Rent an apartment is difficult, because of shortage, and problably it was easier during pandemic. I'm happy of education system and I receive a child allowance (barnbidrag) tax free.
ADI on Aug 18, 2021:
The amount of undeserved criticisms and outright racism on this page is ridiculously stunning and most surely not coming from Swedes. Stockholm makes for one of the best and safest places in the World to live: one has also to learn how to read statistics.
Coming from southern Europe, I can say swedish wages are on average 3 times (I more than quintupled it) or more than what I am used to, services are almost impeccable, cost of living definitely affordable (with rent shortage and, in some areas, prices being the only drawback) and the city is clean and beautiful.
That being said, the purchasing power is definitely higher in cities like Karlstad, Umeå or Sundsvall.
Anonymous on Jun 09, 2021:
Dont move to Stockholm please, despite the high GDP of Sweden, its an extremely poor place in reality, listen to me first. Even if you are a senior software engineer you will only make like 45,000 SEK per month before taxes, after taxes around 34,000 SEK. Right now even 1 BR apartments go for 20-25k because there is a big shortage, so after paying for a small apartment you are only left with 14,000 SEK. Food is expensive, you will probably spend 6000 per month if you dont have any alcohol. Maybe you think you can own a car with the money you have left? Forget it! Parking is 100 SEK/hour in Stockholm and its almost impossible to find parking, forget commuting to work with a car, its either the bus or subway unless you are a multi millionaire. So the lifestyle you will have in Stockholm as a software engineer is WAY WORSE in comparison to a software engineer in USA, China, Russia etc.
GetReal on May 17, 2021:
According to Numbeo the rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center is 13000 SEK. Good luck with retning one for that price.
TO BE more realistic I would put the price at 18000 SEK.
Arab on Apr 25, 2021:
I lived 10 years back in Stockholm as a student.

I am reading the comments below which reflects a lot of hate and racisim, I am not sure If people who are throughing those comments has experienced what they are complaining about. I am as Arab felt offended and I can say that it is not true that Arabs bring crime, hundreds of thousands of Arabs are living in Sweden since 10s of years and Safety was not an issue, so what changed.

I am proud that many of Arabs are contributing in Sweeden culture and diversify it.
Alex on Apr 07, 2021:
Hi! I am a software engineer and I did read all the comments.
Thats a bit scary and not because of the money perspective as I will have a great income as I will work for a big company and help them to automate all the process they need.
But about the racist problems I am a bit worried, as my skin is a bit brown but I am not arabic and to mention there is nothing wrong with arabic people. I have some arabic friends and they are great!
Abdul on Mar 31, 2021:
hey i'm from somalia and live in sweden. great place. I have a swedish wife and 6 kids from her. I earn 43k sek per month and it's enoung for us to live.
Anonymous on Mar 12, 2021:
50k sek is a very low salary add 100k to that more like it
Mike on Mar 10, 2021:
I just got a 50k SEK (before tax) in Stockholm offer. How is this for a single person living there?
Saira on Jan 10, 2021:
I want to apply for master degree in Sweden. Plz guide me which city will be better for living as I have my family of 3 members with me. Is Gothenburg will be safe? What are the job opportunities in Gothenburg.
Alex on Jan 08, 2021:
One honest message to all who plan come to Sweden for work, just don't and educate yourself before you consider. Swedish people are moving out Sweden because has one of worlds most highest tax on salary or making money. I'm actually one among them. You got nothing back from the society once you need it in term of social help, it takes ages when you deal with authorities.

The true facts about Sweden in general are these:

- Extremely high housing shortage. (You will have a very hard time finding an apartment but there are subleases and it is from people who take advantage of the housing shortage so they take triple rents ..A simple 1 room around city center cost minimum 12.000 SEK and outside cost minimum 8000 SEK).
- High crime rate, gang shootings, rape so be careful about which area you choose in Stockholm or major cities to visit or settle in.
-You will pay a sky-high tax but get a poorer standard of living because everything cost of living are expensive. Switzerland or Norway are also expensive too, but I think you get more for your money than living and working in Sweden. The two countries have at least better nature and a higher quality of life than Sweden.

Although the western world are way to fall. Move to another country where you are treated well if you are interested in making money or for work. And also a warmer country with more sunlight if you don't wanna get depressed.
Anonymous on Dec 23, 2020:
Stockholm like much of Sweden is full of radical middle easterners especially Arabs.Safety is a big concern especially for women.
Anonymous on Dec 06, 2020:
1300 euros/month plus bills for a mini flat like shoe box, and average salary 2400 euros/month, lol no thanks.
Anonymous on Oct 15, 2020:
interesting to read all the posts! All I would say is one should choose not only a job, certainly not only based on salary and "government freebees"....why are people complaining about the people originating and living in the country you want to move to?
you all want to inform yourself on costs of living and security and it on culture too and by all means keep your own traditions and beliefs alive but you cannot expect to "move in" and disrespect the place you went is your choice to come so embrace the new culture and come with respect! think about it the other way are people from Sweden treated in your country?
Behruz Qahremani on Jul 12, 2020:
There are many useful information and i appreciate it.
Anonymous on Apr 13, 2020:
why every Arab wants to live in Sweden?????
it's cold here and it's a total different culture.
stay in your continent!
shafqat ali on Jan 11, 2020:
I want to live in Sweden I have PR in Italy could someone help me to find job & living in Stockholm
Swed on Oct 30, 2019:
I can't recommend to move to Stockholm, it's become like Iran.. When Arabic will leave, it will become safe again.
Alex on Sep 28, 2019:
Moved to Stockholm couples years ago

1. Beautiful city, a lot of parks, bike roads. All building in really good condition and well maintained
2. Good quality of air and water (you can drink from sink and go swim in city)
3. Good transportation, bus, tram, metro have a unite ticket system + you have eScooters everywhere
4. Work condition is great. If you got contract, you have all perks
5. I would say it's really good for Startup/Entrepreneurship environment. They have incubators, soft funds, events etc. Plus all taxation is online, we open a company in 2 weeks (name verification, background checks etc..) from our laptop
6. Medicine looks ok, but for certain people, it definitely would be a Cons
7. Quality of food is also good, + monopoly for liquor stor. For some people its Cons, but for me is less drunk people on the street
8. Overall, you feel like innovation and open-minded people are around you.

1.It's quite expensive. I am living alone in the city in a small apartment, my monthly spending is 1700 euro
2. Salary is ok, but after a certain point, the taxation becomes bigger. If you live together and your total income is around 6000 euro. Then 6000 - 1400(rent) - 500(grocery) - 500(restaurants/lunches) - 200(transport) - 200(Utilities/sport) = 3200 you can save. It's not bad in consideration that all other things like doctors, school, kindergarten, university free or quite cheap. The main point is you can leave a good life around people who also have good enough income, but its hard to get extremely rich
3. People are close a bit. No KKK like it said below, but they try to be in their own groups. They are quite nice and welcome, but it's really hard to get into their community. Nevertheless, its big expats community, they are more open
4. Migration agency working slow. If you employed by Google its couple weeks. If you self-employed or extend your working contract in a small company you can wait for a decision in around a year
5. Hard get into the system and get a personal number. They protect their country with things like SSN, without this ID it is really hard to live here - no cheap medicine, no bank account etc.. When in the system - you good.
6. Winter - too fewer daylights

Overall, I like that place, summer is amazing, people are very diverse and nice. Yes, they a bit cold and not let you in their 'group' but it's their choice, you can find a lot of different people here.

I would say if you like to live good standart of live, not focusing on making money everyday, it's could be your place
Carl on Jun 19, 2019:

I am moving to Sweden as I got a job in Stockholm as engineer with 4 years of experience. I will earn 27.500 kr after taxes. The thing is, my wife is going to be studying (with a 900 euros scholarship) in Linkoping, so we are planning living in Norkoping as it is cheaper than Stockholm (we think), she gets free transportation to Linkoping on a University-bus and I will be at 1 hour from Stockholm by train. I will need to be in Stockholm 3 days a week and 2 days I can do home-office.

Do you think our plan is reasonable in economic terms? Is it cheaper to live in Norkoping and commute to Stockholm 3 days a week than living in Stockholm? Are the trains reliable? Also, do you think we can be discriminated for being from Latin America? Is it racism a real thing to be worried about in Stockholm or in smaller cities as Norkoping?

Thanks for your feedback.
KC on Feb 26, 2019:
I was offered a job in Sweden where I will earn around 14.000 SEK but the food and the accommodation is free. Do you think I can make it there or do I need to find another job at the same time? Thanks
panos on Feb 17, 2019:
I think 33000 per month is quite low for att live in Stockholm.
Iam a structural engineer who now earns 40000 with 13 years of experience. And not living in Stockholm.
JHB on Dec 29, 2018:
#AB there is far too little information to give you any advice. Depends on field of work.
#Allan K: You'll be rich witht that kind of salary in Sweden. Look at numbeo statistics.
#YankyDoodle: All nonsense.