Cost of Living in Stockholm

Summary about cost of living in Stockholm:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 11.50 $ 10.35-17.26
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.53 $ 57.52-103.54
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.05 $ 7.48-9.20
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.90 $ 5.75-8.05
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 6.90 $ 5.18-8.05
Cappuccino (regular) 4.03 $ 3.22-4.60
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.18 $ 1.38-2.88
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.09 $ 1.15-2.88
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.58 $ 3.92-5.66
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.36 $ 1.57-3.13
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.35 $ 0.89-1.83
Eggs (12) 3.13 $ 2.30-4.03
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.61 $ 3.65-6.26
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.33 $ 4.12-7.25
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 9.63 $ 6.26-13.05
Apples (1 lb) 1.37 $ 1.04-1.57
Banana (1 lb) 1.16 $ 0.94-1.46
Oranges (1 lb) 1.25 $ 1.04-1.57
Tomato (1 lb) 1.63 $ 0.83-2.09
Potato (1 lb) 0.54 $ 0.42-0.78
Onion (1 lb) 0.58 $ 0.37-0.83
Lettuce (1 head) 1.93 $ 1.15-2.88
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.81 $ 1.15-2.88
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.35 $ 9.20-12.66
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.04 $ 1.73-2.99
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.12 $ 1.61-2.88
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 6.90 $ 6.33-7.02
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.14 $ 3.45-4.72
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 92.04 $ 90.89-95.49
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.18 $ 5.18-5.75
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.41 $ 2.17-2.78
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 59.25 $ 57.52-63.28
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.93 $ 5.66-6.53
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,009.74 $ 20,708.77-27,611.69
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,625.83 $ 16,106.82-32,213.64
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 69.42 $ 39.12-115.05
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.07 $ 0.05-0.12
Internet (60 Mbps or more, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 28.12 $ 22.89-37.39
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 46.32 $ 32.12-69.03
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 34.91 $ 23.01-51.77
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.81 $ 12.66-16.11
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 134.84 $ 69.03-156.47
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child ?
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 104.32 $ 69.03-126.55
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 39.81 $ 34.40-57.52
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 103.39 $ 74.78-138.06
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 159.15 $ 115.05-230.10
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,291.89 $ 805.34-1,610.68
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 884.10 $ 517.72-1,265.54
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,229.39 $ 1,610.68-2,876.22
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,439.59 $ 885.88-2,070.88
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 987.19 $ 855.06-1,068.83
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 579.38 $ 427.53-748.18
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,641.93 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 1.81 0.17-0.25

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Last update: May 2017
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24 Comments so far

#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 :
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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