Cost of Living in Sweden 2016

I have received hundreds of different emails from all around the world asking cost of living in Sweden. As everybody may know, Sweden is a high-income level country with high life standard. I have prepared a cost of living list for prospective friends, based on my own purchases. I hope, this will help you while planning your study finance and seeking for a scholarship.


Instead of actually doing some sort of  a research, I just kept all of my receipts for one week. Form sunday to sunday… It wa a pretty normal week for me. I did go out a bit more than I might in a usual week which included a couple of dinners, but take this for what it is. I’ve separated my expenditures into different categories and then added rent, which didn’t actually get paid this week but tends to be a necessity.


Product/Service SEK USD Euro
Lunchtime menu in the business district 100 12 11
1 liter of whole fat milk 10 1 1
12 eggs, large 35 4 4
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 10 1 1
1 bottle of red wine, good quality 97 11 10
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 70 8 7
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio 8000 932 855
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 850 99 91
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 970 113 104
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 14 2 1
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 110 13 12
Visit to private Doctor (30 minutes) 280 33 30
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 35 4 4
Standard men’s haircut in central area of the city 340 40 36
2 tickets to the movies 240 28 26
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 140 16 15
Cappuccino in a local coffee shop 35 4 4
1 month of gym membership 470 55 50


You may check (popular crowdsourcing cost of living website) to compare prices between Sweden and your home country.

Keep in minds that Migrationsverket requires you to prove that you are able to support yourself if you plan to study here in Sweden. They assume you can support yourself for 7300 SEK per month for 10 months out of the year.

If you have a question, please do not hesitate to ask me in comments.

Comments (30)

Andaç Baran

A master student coming from Turkey and studying Digital Media and Society at Uppsala University. Email your questions to abcinsweden[at]
Read more about Andaç Baran

Comments (30)

Leave a comment