Netherlands vs Sweden - Cost of Living Comparison

Netherlands Sweden
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1680
$1398
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4007
$3107
🏠 One person rent
$1007
$727
🏘️ Family rent
$1696
$1222
🍽️ Food expenses
$428
$440
🚐 Transport expenses
$118
$110
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$3060
$2744
💸 GDP per capita
$52396
$52274
😃 Human freedom index
8.78
8.83
❤️ Life expectancy
81.4
82.4
👮 Corruption perceptions index
82
85
🌐 English speaking %
90.9%
89%
🎓 Higher education
97
95
😀 Quality of life
82
80
🏙️ Population
17.3M
10.4M

The average cost of living in the Netherlands ($1680) is 20% more expensive than in Sweden ($1398). the Netherlands ranked 18th vs 27th 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 the Netherlands compared to 2 months in Sweden. Ranked 8th and 12th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in the Netherlands vs Sweden

We calculate prices for the Netherlands and Sweden as a population-weighted mean of 70 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.

Netherlands Sweden
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$15.1
$10.3
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$62.1
$62.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.97
$8.36
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.92
$6.72
 Cappuccino
$3.06
$3.76
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.61
$1.88
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$998
$780
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$802
$609
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1737
$1411
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1397
$1032
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$123
$54.2
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$190
$83.7
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$42.2
$29.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
2.21%
2.15%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5129
$5790
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3708
$3750
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.42
$3.23
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$85.2
$76.8
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$23.6
$21.2
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$2.11
$1.95
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.05
$1.2
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.72
$2.27
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.83
$2.37
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.32
$3.1
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11
$9.27
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.23
$9.38
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$24.9
$16.4
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.63
$2.65
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.39
$2.2
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.48
$2.49
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.55
$3.36
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.2
$1.26
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.94
$1.25
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.49
$1
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.61
$2.06
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$6.25
$9.6
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.24
$1.78
🚬 Cigarette pack
$8.03
$6.5
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.48
$6.31
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.67
$3.06
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.68
$2
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.15
$1.89
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.2
$35.1
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12
$13.2
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$51.4
$23.4
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.8
$22.7
👖 Brand Jeans
$82.5
$84.9
👟 Brand Sneakers
$93
$88.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1591
$132
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$7919
$3326

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Cities Comparison in the Netherlands vs Sweden

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In the Netherlands

City Cost of living Population
Amsterdam
$2160
860K
Rotterdam
$1660
631K
The Hague
$1642
548K
Utrecht
$1723
359K
Breda
$1673
183K
Eindhoven
$1658
236K
Almere
$1663
215K
Haarlem
$2033
163K
Enschede
$1562
160K
Tilburg
$1554
222K
Apeldoorn
$2024
161K
Arnhem
$1539
162K
's-Hertogenbosch
$1592
144K
Groningen
$1538
201K
Nijmegen
$1586
177K
Leiden
$1846
124K
Maastricht
$1654
120K
Delft
$1501
104K
Zwolle
$1427
130K
Venlo
$1522
102K
Hilversum
$1851
91.2K
Emmen
$1302
107K
Heerlen
$1393
86.9K
Deventer
$1225
101K
Purmerend
$1643
81.7K
Lelystad
$1704
79.8K
Roosendaal
$1583
77K
Leeuwarden
$1409
92.1K
Ede
$1602
72.5K
Roermond
$1496
57.3K

In Sweden

City Cost of living Population
Stockholm
$1802
979K
Gothenburg
$1442
605K
Malmo
$1388
324K
Uppsala
$1396
165K
Vasteras
$1359
129K
Orebro
$1216
126K
Linkoping
$1328
116K
Helsingborg
$1356
114K
Lund
$1287
94.4K
Norrkoping
$1307
97.9K
Jonkoping
$1380
100K
Solna
$1797
84.6K
Sollentuna
$1266
75.3K
Taby
$1791
74.3K
Umea
$1234
90.4K
Halmstad
$1218
71.3K
Eskilstuna
$1087
70.3K
Karlstad
$1135
65.9K
Lidingo
$1719
44.1K
Sodertalje
$1362
75.8K
Boras
$1132
74K
Uddevalla
$1118
57.2K
Lulea
$1074
49.1K
Gavle
$1154
77.6K
Vaxjo
$1218
71K
Trollhattan
$1057
50.4K
Tumba
$1213
42.9K
Sundsvall
$1061
58.8K
Hassleholm
$1059
52.4K
Ostersund
$1009
52.8K