Cost of Living in Stockholm

Summary about cost of living in Stockholm, Sweden:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 120.00 kr 95.00-200.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 800.00 kr 500.00-1,500.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 80.00 kr 75.00-90.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 70.00 kr 50.00-80.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 65.00 kr 50.00-85.00
Cappuccino (regular) 40.00 kr 25.00-50.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 22.65 kr 15.00-30.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 20.13 kr 15.00-30.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 42.65 kr 34.07-60.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 21.40 kr 13.61-36.29
Rice (white), (1 lb) 12.29 kr 6.80-18.14
Eggs (regular) (12) 31.24 kr 18.00-42.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 38.35 kr 27.22-68.04
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 44.82 kr 18.14-63.96
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 76.81 kr 36.29-113.40
Apples (1 lb) 13.42 kr 6.80-18.14
Banana (1 lb) 10.73 kr 7.26-13.61
Oranges (1 lb) 11.62 kr 6.80-14.51
Tomato (1 lb) 15.30 kr 9.07-19.50
Potato (1 lb) 5.14 kr 4.08-6.80
Onion (1 lb) 5.93 kr 4.08-9.07
Lettuce (1 head) 18.83 kr 10.00-30.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 15.21 kr 10.00-25.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 99.00 kr 75.00-150.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 16.87 kr 13.00-30.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 18.11 kr 13.00-25.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 67.00 kr 62.00-70.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 38.00 kr 37.00-40.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 950.00 kr 900.00-980.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 45.00 kr 45.00-50.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 21.73 kr 20.60-52.30
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 525.00 kr 455.00-700.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 55.45 kr 51.97-60.57
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 230,000.00 kr 213,900.00-250,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 234,970.94 kr 212,000.00-250,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 828.19 kr 450.00-2,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.56 kr 1.00-2.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 281.28 kr 200.00-400.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 476.48 kr 300.00-700.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 319.60 kr 200.00-400.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 145.00 kr 120.00-200.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,277.60 kr 1,000.00-1,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 89,750.00 kr 58,000.00-120,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 939.73 kr 500.00-1,200.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 401.39 kr 250.00-700.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 938.81 kr 500.00-1,300.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,306.67 kr 700.00-2,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 13,785.96 kr 9,000.00-18,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 9,541.38 kr 6,500.00-14,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 22,019.23 kr 15,000.00-32,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 14,000.00 kr 10,000.00-20,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 9,287.99 kr 8,361.20-10,962.47
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 5,465.18 kr 4,180.60-6,967.67
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 29,406.09 kr
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.07 1.30-3.00

Prices in Stockholm

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31 Comments so far
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.
AB on May 18, 2018:

I'm negotiating a contract for a project manager position, an upper mid-level position. What would you say will be a good range for a monthly salary for me to have an eye out for? This is my first job experience where no salary range was provided. Any input would be highly appreciated.
Allan K on May 04, 2018:

I am an expat from Malaysia and I signed a permanent contract in Stockholm for a net salary of 40.000 SEK per month (after tax). Is this enough to support myself alone? Plus I need to rent a room or an apartment. Many thanks!
Anonymous on Apr 15, 2018:
YankyDoodly lost me after he didn't know the difference between your and you're.
YankyDoodle on Apr 08, 2018:
Stockholm is a very odd place to be. I have to give some advice coming here from abroad as a foreigner i cant help but post some very useful advice, the kinda advice you get to find out after you move here to Stockholm.

1) Ideal for families with a bit of cash to buy a house/apartment.
This is because Sweden has extremely good parental leave from work for both the male and female.
There are lots of activities for children and can be a fun place to be in summer.

2) Stockholm is a clean city. I mean the central parts are clean.

3) Lots of museums and nice walks and running paths to take up if your into that thing.

4) Summer in Stockholm can be fun to take the boat out to the archipelago and enjoy a summer house.

1) If your single your gonna be in for a surprise! Swedish people are probably the most closed and non social people on earth....after zombies. You cannot approach and talk to anyone as they will think your weird, strange or a serial killer. Pretty face dead mind.

2) Nightlife sucks. There are only a few nightclubs and bars where you will end up. and getting in can be difficult as the door man randomly lets people in at night at his discretion. There is no logic and they can be extremely racist. And your chances go down with the color of your skin. But even if your white its 50/50 chance.

3) Salary. Whatever it is your skill is you will get paid far more almost anywhere else in the world. The salary here for all jobs is relatively low. Think of it as a mixture between north korea and Germany. The government want you to do well but not that well as they have a massive social system to pay for.

4) Housing. Its almost near impossible to fine housing in Stockholm. Rentals range around 12,000SEK in the center of Stockholm. And at any one time there may only be 1 or 2 apartments for rent! Even if you buy something you have to beg and compete to buy it! Its mad.

5) Car owner? Forget it! In the center of Stockholm you cannot park your car. If you do you will have to keep changing your cars location otherwise you get a 850SEK fine. There are days you can park on a residential street and days you cannot. Its odd.

6) Racism. Sadly this is pretty strong here in Stockholm. Especially from those born and raised here. But its mostly the silent kind. So no KKK with silly hats or nazi symbols. They will just keep their distance from you or wont help you when you need help, grab their bags as you walk past bla bla the usual. In other words to many Swedes in Stockholm your a sub human.

7) Age descrimination. In Stockholm there is a set principle. You are expected to be certain people at certain ages. So wearing a hoody at 30 to 50 years old is frowned upon where in New York it might be cool.

8) Dress style. I have to say its really weird. You will see many guys walking around in styles u never see before and think everyone must be gay or there is a gay pride week. But no this is Stockholm where fashion for men is trousers 6 inches above your ankle, carrying a handbag and ladies scarf while pushing a pram is the norm here. This is a the men of Stockholm.
Per on Mar 16, 2018:
Hej! Jag skickade en ansök för ett jobb som byggnadskonstruktör i Centrala Stockholm och jag frågade om min lön. Det är 33000SEK per månad. Jag har 4 år erfarenhet. Räcker det i Stockholm? Är det riktig på den här sidan
Nettolön - 25000 SEK?

Hi! I sent an application for a job as a structural engineer in downtown Stockholm and I asked about my salary. This is 33000 SEK a month. Is it enough? And is this website correct about net pay?
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?