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Family (2 adults, 2 pre-school children)

Living costs

post 24.Jun.2013, 03:36 PM
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Joined: 21.Jun.2013

Hi all in Sweden,

I'm thinking about taking an IT job in Sweden, moving there for some years together with my wife and 2 little sons (1.5 and 4.5 years old). It seems our family could get maximally 30000 SEK net income per month. Please do you think this is enough for standard family live in sweden for first 2 or 3 years? We would rent smaller flat somewhere in bigger city like Göteborg.

Thanks for your opinions.
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post 24.Jun.2013, 08:57 PM
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Joined: 1.Jul.2011

You need to find out what you'll get after tax. If you are in Gothenburg it should be about 22-23 k a month.

The bills take a large chunk of that. Each month bills could be roughly

rent: between 5 and 10,000
nursery: about 1,500 for both kids
electricity: 300
transport: 1000 for public transport for two adults in Gothenburg - times that by about 5 for the running costs of a car (petrol, insurance, congestion charge, parking, etc. etc.)
tv: ??? Depends on if you are honest and if you like watching films and sport and like having many many foreign channels to watch or are happy with only a couple of channels
phones: 100-1000 depending on your phone and useage
food: depends where you shop, but about 3-4000
internet: 300

One of the things I like about living in Sweden is that a family can get by on one salary. If you choose to have a much simpler life with no frills, then you can still have a nice life. We manage on less than you would have by shopping at Lidl, entertaining at home or going to the park, books and dvds from the library, no car, no fancy phones and only SVT to watch on the tv. In the UK, where I lived before, the bills and cost of living was so high that surviving on one salary would have been impossible.

But I know other people here who have insurance for everything including being hit by meteors, have the best tv package, the latest phones, good car, share in a summer cottage and so on. That lifestyle would not be possible on your salary.

This is a great place for a family though. Beaches, parks, nature, lots and lots of facilities for kids, cheap childcare.
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post 25.Jun.2013, 11:15 AM
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Joined: 12.Jun.2010

Check out this thread from a few months back, tons of good info...

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