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Location Guide: Stockholm

Welcome to Stockholm

Sweden is the largest country in the Nordic Region is also the one with the biggest population, 9.2 Million. The capital city, Stockholm is a large city which is made up of 14 islands connected by some 50 bridges on Lake Mälaren, which flows into the Baltic Sea. The city’s a very lively, cosmopolitan place with both modern Scandinavian architecture including lots of brass and steel, along with fairytale towers, a captivating Old Town (Gamla Stan) and lots of green space. Over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways and another 30% is made up of parks and green spaces, giving Stockholm some of the freshest air and widest lungs of any European capital.

Working in Stockholm

Work-life balance in Stockholm/Sweden is very important to the locals, they work hard and work efficiently to ensure this. It is not unheard of for professionals to take up to 5 weeks holiday during the summer period to holiday in their lake houses and enjoy the beautiful summertime weather before the darker, colder weather of autumn/winter.

The cost of living in the city is not cheap, but the salaries are somewhat in line with this. People living and working in Sweden for less than 6 months can pay a special voluntary income tax of 25%, those who stay longer must follow the normal tax rules. Normal Income tax deduction includes social insurance contributions and comprises municipal tax, which varies between municipalities, but is 31% on average.

Social Life

The various Stockholm districts abound in meeting places – pubs, cafés and club-style restaurants with different profiles depending on age group and musical preference. Particularly in Södermalm, but also in Vasastan and Kungsholmen, you’ll find the nightlife is trendier, more youthful and bohemian, with a constantly changing selection of clubs for every taste. However, most of the larger establishments are located in the precinct around Kungsträdgården, Berzelii Park, Stureplan and the city centre – a large area that is packed with nightlife, especially at weekends. Café Opera, Riche, StureCompagniet, White Room, Plaza, LaRoy, Spy Bar and Solidaritet are just a handful of the largest and best known of these clubs – the list could be made much longer. And if partying until 3 am isn’t enough to satisfy your tastes, relax. Many of the big clubs don’t close until 05.00.

Live music is another area in which Stockholm has gained a worldwide reputation. Throughout the year, live performances by Swedish and international artists, from classical and jazz to hip hop, electro and death metal, are given at music clubs such as Berns, Nalen, Fasching, Mosebacke and Debaser, as well as at a variety of other larger and smaller venues.

Stockholm is now widely recognised as one of Europe’s most dynamic and exciting gastronomic metropolises. In Stockholm you find restaurants serving food with all different kinds of themes. Depending on the restaurant it can be quite expensive, alcohol is particularly expensive.

General cost of living – Stockholm

Restaurants Average
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 14.42 €
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.97 €
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 7.55 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 5.32 €
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.61 €
Cappuccino (regular) 3.24 €
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.89 €
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.80 €
Markets Average
Milk (regular), 1 liter 0.91 €
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.30 €
Eggs (12) 2.47 €
Fresh Cheese (1kg) 8.81 €
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 8.44 €
Apples (1kg) 2.06 €
Oranges (1kg) 1.91 €
Potato (1kg) 0.63 €
Lettuce (1 head) 1.63 €
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.77 €
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 8.59 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.86 €
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 1.74 €
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 5.37 €
Transportation Average
One-way Ticket (local transport) 3.31 €
Monthly Pass 77.45 €
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) approximately 4KM 9.00 €
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.50 €
Utilities (Monthly) Average
Basic (Electricity, Gas, Water, Garbage) 128.94 €
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.09 €
Internet (6 Mbps, Flat Rate, Cable/ADSL) 24.42 €
Sports And Leisure Average
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 48.22 €
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 19.09 €
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.11 €
Rent Per Month Average
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 888.29 €
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 464.45 €
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,268.75 €
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 796.63 €

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