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Cost of living in Stockholm

Utility bills, food, transport, etc.

llyxanda
post 13.Jul.2009, 09:36 AM
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Hello,

I am moving to Sweden soon and I'm not really sure if the money I'm making will be enough. So I'm hoping someone could give me some information. I will be earning 30000 SEK/month before tax. My employer told me that i will be left with around half of that after tax (I'm not really sure if that's right) and they found an apartment for me which is 5500SEK/month. My question is will that be enough for me to live on the remaining amount (around 10000SEK)?How much will the other bills (like electricity and heat and water) be? How much is food and transportation for a month?

Thanks!
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Holecutter > The Howl ...
post 13.Jul.2009, 09:41 AM
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If I was you, I'd give up your day job a take instead a night time job. It will save on the energy costs and food. The drag halls and the escort agencies pay better.

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Renfeh Hguh
post 13.Jul.2009, 09:44 AM
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Location: Not in Sweden
Joined: 1.May.2005

You are a grumpy shit this morning even for you. What happened Mrs Hole make you sleep on the sofa last night? biggrin.gif
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PageyGB
post 13.Jul.2009, 09:52 AM
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Location: Europe
Joined: 25.Oct.2007

with 30k sek you'll end up taking about 22k home. You'll be fine with a 5500 sek rent to live.

Don't expect to be buying a Merc anytime soon though. Welcome to Sweden!

Heating and water will be included in the apartment rent.

Travel is 600sek a month.

You'll be grand mate. It's more than most ex-pats can hope for!
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Holecutter > The Howl ...
post 13.Jul.2009, 09:56 AM
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Joined: 12.Aug.2007

Mrs Hole has left for a week to go to SFO, so its only me and the dogs...way to fly. So I feel good and ready for a week high of stacked dishes, garbage food and porn, porn and more porn flirting with all the village hags.

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Renfeh Hguh
post 13.Jul.2009, 10:07 AM
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Location: Not in Sweden
Joined: 1.May.2005

So the dogs will be getting nervous latter in the week tongue.gif
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Sofia_stockholm
post 13.Jul.2009, 10:23 AM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 12.Nov.2007

QUOTE (llyxanda @ 13.Jul.2009, 10:36 AM) *
Hello,I am moving to Sweden soon and I'm not really sure if the money I'm making will be enough. So I'm hoping someone could give me some information. I will be ea ... (show full quote)


Something is fishy here with the amount you're supposed to be paying in tax. Are you, in fact, not employed by this company but supposed to be working as a consultant? If you're employed you usually count on roughly 30% in tax in the Stockholm area. 50% is what you count on that you can keep if you're self employed, but in that case you also have to set up your own company before invoicing and that takes time and effort.

Salary (if it is indeed from an employment, and not a contractor's pay) of 30K is a good salary, but not so high it takes you into the state tax bracket.

Rent of 5500 is normal for a smallish flat in the suburbs of Stockholm. Where, exactly, is the flat they're suggesting?

- Electricity 500-700 a month
- Broadband 300-500 a month unless it's included in the rent, which it often is.
- Travel card 700 a month
- Lunch around 1000 a month if subsidised otherwise around 70-100 kronors a day for lunch out
- TV-licence around 150 a month, but if you want full range of channels you need an additional subscription which will come in at around 200-400 a month.

You can count on your household bills coming in at roughly 1500 to 2000 a month in total.

It is definitely possible to live off that salary.

Welcome to Sweden!
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llyxanda
post 13.Jul.2009, 01:13 PM
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Joined: 13.Jul.2009

Thank a lot for your help! No, I'm pretty sure I'm not working as a consultant and i am not self employed smile.gif. My boss probably doesn't know the amount of taxes i have to pay for this salary, may be she has to pay 50% because she's got a big salary and she thought i have to pay that as well...who knows why she said I will be left with half of my gross salary. The apartment is a couple of stops from the office, which is on S:t Göransgatan , that's all i know.
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Sofia_stockholm
post 13.Jul.2009, 01:46 PM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 12.Nov.2007

As long as your yearly income stays below 367 600 kronor for this year you're in the clear and will only pay council and county tax, not state tax. This comes to roughly 30% for central Stockholm.
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Themasterpiece
post 13.Jul.2009, 06:51 PM
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Joined: 18.Mar.2008

Water, hot water and heating are included in the rent. Sometimes TV and internet too. There is no council tax in Sweden.

Obviously a mobile phone is a cost if you want one. Packages not quite as good as the UK, but not that bad though.

Electricity will be less than that stated above, around 300kr/month (for our 2 bedroom 90 sq m apartment)
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BillyB
post 13.Jul.2009, 07:27 PM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 31.Oct.2008

If it helps my bills in Stockholm are...


Electric: 220 per month
Insurance (building, contents & medical) 175 per month
TV: 650 month (but that is will all the extra packages) before that i had access to the basic channels for free
TV License: not while i have breath in my body...never been asked, never will offer.
Internet & Phone: 275 per month
Water & Heat: Included in rent
Shopping: Expensive compared to what you are used to...regardless of where you come from...
Travel: monthly travel card 690
Going out: Expensive. couple of beers and a pub snack meal will be 250...(spirits very expensive)
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llyxanda
post 14.Jul.2009, 07:27 AM
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Joined: 13.Jul.2009

Thanks for your answer! So I should be ok. One more thing...how much would food be?smile.gif
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crazy_leo
post 14.Jul.2009, 09:35 AM
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Location: Stockholm county
Joined: 15.Jan.2009

70-100 SEK for lunch and about 120-150 SEK dinner approx. if your are eating out. If you plan to cook at home, I would estimate about 1500 SEK a month for the groceries for a single person.
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Stüpid
post 14.Jul.2009, 06:37 PM
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Joined: 19.Jul.2007

QUOTE (llyxanda @ 13.Jul.2009, 10:36 AM) *
Hello,I am moving to Sweden soon and I'm not really sure if the money I'm making will be enough. So I'm hoping someone could give me some information. I will be ea ... (show full quote)


Are you coming with a family or single? If you are single then it's enough. There are a number of restaurants which offer buffe in Stockholm. So, you can eat out or cook for yourself. Makes not much difference.

If you cook by yourself- save some money. (with some money you can increase your bank balance)

If you eat outside then- save some time. (with some time you an earn as per your skill)

So, finally the result is more or less same.
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llyxanda
post 18.Jul.2009, 05:23 PM
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Joined: 13.Jul.2009

Hello again,

I need another information on cost of living in Stockholm. I'm trying to see how much higher the prices are in Stockolm because I've read some things on the web about Stockholm beeing one of the most expensive cities in Europe. So i would appreciate some information on food prices (like milk, bread, water, vegetables , fruits, cheese, meat, sea food, beer smile.gif ) and other stuff you might find usefull smile.gif.

Thanks a lot for your help!
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