Germany vs Sweden - Cost of Living Comparison

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Germany Sweden
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1578
$1544
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3826
$3452
🏠 One person rent
$847
$808
🏘️ Family rent
$1574
$1375
🍽️ Food expenses
$485
$497
🚐 Transport expenses
$112
$114
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2905
$2735
💸 GDP per capita
$48718
$56374
😃 Human freedom index
8.37
8.75
❤️ Life expectancy
80.9
83.2
👮 Corruption perceptions index
78
82
🌐 English speaking %
56.3%
89%
🎓 Higher education
93
95
😀 Quality of life
92
92
🏙️ Population
83.1M
10.4M

The average cost of living in Germany ($1578) is 2% more expensive than in Sweden ($1544). Germany ranked 27th vs 28th for Sweden in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.8 months in Germany compared to 1.8 months in Sweden. Ranked 12th and 11th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Germany vs Sweden

We calculate prices for Germany and Sweden as a population-weighted mean of 662 and 60 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Germany Sweden
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$13.1
$11.7
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$61.9
$66.6
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.9
$9.6
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.37
$6.97
 Cappuccino
$3.5
$3.95
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.79
$2.14
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$776
$916
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$601
$665
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1550
$1579
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1198
$1167
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$169
$64.3
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$260
$98.9
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$45.8
$30.1
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
3.9%
4.57%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5547
$5604
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4291
$3473
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.17
$3.27
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$55.9
$75.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$23.3
$22.1
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.88
$1.85
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.18
$1.55
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.99
$2.63
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.67
$3.2
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.59
$3.99
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13
$10.8
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.3
$11.6
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$16
$16.6
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.55
$2.8
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.48
$2.54
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.25
$2.86
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.13
$4.13
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.7
$1.48
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.93
$1.66
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.5
$0.9
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.05
$2.11
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$5.77
$9.74
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.01
$1.97
🚬 Cigarette pack
$8.53
$6.39
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$9.45
$6.83
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.85
$3.39
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.68
$2.68
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.81
$1.98
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.5
$37.6
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12.4
$14.5
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$62.6
$29.7
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.2
$23.9
👖 Brand Jeans
$86.4
$80.2
👟 Brand Sneakers
$91.7
$86.9
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$422
$126
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$12425
$4964

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Germany

City Cost of living Population
Berlin
$2044
3.68M
Hamburg City
$1908
1.85M
Munich
$2130
1.49M
Cologne
$1744
1.07M
Frankfurt
$1877
759K
Stuttgart
$1726
626K
Dusseldorf
$1773
619K
Essen
$1571
579K
Bremen City
$1591
563K
Dortmund
$1335
587K
Dresden
$1396
555K
Leipzig
$1392
625K
Hanover
$1568
553K
Nuremberg
$1608
511K
Duisburg
$1351
495K
Karlsruhe
$1871
307K
Mannheim
$1449
312K
Wuppertal
$1173
355K
Bonn
$1566
332K
Braunschweig
$1361
249K
Augsburg
$1818
296K
Bochum
$1474
363K
Halle
$1239
238K
Bielefeld
$1398
334K
Aachen
$1484
249K
Wiesbaden
$1705
279K
Munster
$1634
318K
Monchengladbach
$1493
261K
Freiburg im Breisgau
$1285
232K
Magdeburg
$1322
236K

In Sweden

City Cost of living Population
Stockholm
$1954
979K
Gothenburg
$1660
608K
Malmo
$1519
325K
Uppsala
$1434
167K
Vasteras
$1311
129K
Helsingborg
$1328
114K
Linkoping
$1295
116K
Orebro
$1258
127K
Lund
$1413
94.4K
Solna
$1693
85.3K
Jonkoping
$1403
101K
Eskilstuna
$1245
69.9K
Umea
$1177
91.9K
Sodertalje
$1616
76.3K
Taby
$1775
75.4K
Norrkoping
$1199
98.1K
Sollentuna
$1992
76.2K
Halmstad
$1286
71.4K
Karlstad
$1141
67.1K
Lulea
$1091
49.1K
Trollhattan
$1271
50.5K
Gavle
$1406
79K
Uddevalla
$1386
57.3K
Boras
$1233
74K
Sundsvall
$1271
58.8K
Vaxjo
$1351
71.3K
Tumba
$1669
46K
Lidingo
$1711
44.1K
Sigtuna
$1632
52.2K
Skovde
$1396
57.5K