The Best Places to Live in Sweden & the Cheapest Cities

Stockholm skyline

While Scandinavia is some way down on the list of potential destinations for digital nomads and remote workers, largely for cost reasons, living in Sweden has many benefits and there are plenty of good options there in terms of finding a new base. In this post, we’re going to look at some of the best cities and cheapest places to live in Sweden.

Although it’s certainly still one of the more expensive European countries to live in or work from, Sweden has become more affordable over the past couple of years for people earning in US Dollars or Euros. That’s partly because of its weak currency which set an all-time low against the Euro in September 2023. It has got noticeably better value than some its neighbours with costs in some of the cheapest places to live in Denmark now loosely in line with some of Sweden’s pricier cities.

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5 of the Best Cities to Live in Sweden & Work Remotely

1. Stockholm

living in Stockholm

Sweden’s major cities all have something to offer and for many people, the capital Stockholm easily ranks as the most appealing destination.

With around 2.4 million people living in its metropolitan area, Stockholm is the largest city in not just Sweden but all of Scandinavia. Big city lovers need look no further in this part of the world and it has comfortably the widest range of options when it comes to everything from bars and restaurants to museums and cultural attractions.

Situated on the Stockholm archipelago, the city is made up of many different islands, most of which have their own unique character. Heading to the suburbs and beyond, you will also discover Stockholm is actually a great place for nature lovers too and it has been ranked as one of the most beautiful places in the country.

While some locals will also argue that Stockholm is far from the authentic Swedish experience, the main downside to living in the city is the cost, particularly when it comes to renting accommodation. Stockholm is one the most expensive cities in Europe to rent accommodation in alongside the likes of Dublin, which features in our rundown of the best cities to live in Ireland.

You can expect to pay over 10,000 Swedish Krona a month, the equivalent of around 900 Euros, if you want your own flat in Stockholm while you’ll struggle to find a decent room in a flatshare for less than 6,000 Krona (around 500 Euros).

  • Estimated Living Costs (explanation below) in Stockholm – 1400-2100 Euros/month
  • Estimated Digital Nomad Costs in Stockholm – 1750-3150 Euros/month

2. Ostersund

Cheapest places to live in Sweden

For a more affordable and altogether quieter option, you may want to consider Ostersund, a small city in the historic province of Jamtland in Central Sweden.

It takes around 5 hours by the fastest trains to reach Ostersund from Stockholm (Sweden is a much larger country than many realise!), so you will be a little bit isolated in terms of having easy access to anything like a major city. However you can make huge savings in terms of living costs with Ostersund among the cheapest places to rent in Sweden with average rental prices around 50% less than in the capital.

Despite having a population of only around 50,000, there is a bit more life to the city than you might imagine with a large student population of around 7,000 at the Mid Sweden University. Truth be told though, the main reason to come to Ostersund is for easy access to the surrounding lakes and nature reserves. If you don’t mind the cold (temperatures drop below zero most days between November and April), it’s a nice place to “get away from it all”.

  • Estimated Living Costs in Ostersund – 1100-1700 Euros/month
  • Estimated Digital Nomad Costs in Ostersund – 1400-2550 Euros/month

3. Gothenburg

Haga in Gothenburg

Sweden’s second city is a legitimate rival to Stockholm for anyone looking to lead an urban lifestyle but also have easy access to the coast and another large archipelago of small, pretty islands.

One of the best things about Gothenburg is its outstanding, eco-friendly public transport network which makes getting around the city very simple. With a transport pass, you can not only ride the trams, buses and trains around the city and into its suburbs, but also hop on ferries to the nearby islands without paying any extra.

It’s also a good destination for people who enjoy a somewhat alternative or even rebellious vibe. Rundown neighbourhoods and industrial areas have been renovated and reborn as hubs of Swedish design, arts, music and food. Nowhere is this more evident than the old, working class district of Haga which has been transformed into one of the most popular areas for both locals and visitors alike.

  • Estimated Living Costs in Gothenburg – 1200-1800 Euros/month
  • Estimated Digital Nomad Costs in Gothenburg – 1500-2700 Euros/month

4. Uppsala

Uppsala riverside

For those put off by the high price of accommodation in Stockholm, but keen to live close to the Swedish capital which is only 70 km away, Uppsala is a great option.

Living in Uppsala can be a lot of fun! This is the fourth-largest city in Sweden and offers a high standard of living and a lively city centre that has plenty going on. The city is perhaps best known as being the home to Uppsala University, one of the oldest universities in all of Scandinavia, which helps create a vibrant and intellectual atmosphere.

Like many Swedish cities, there is a strong focus on sustainability and there are lots of green areas with many parks, gardens, and nearby nature reserves to unwind in while it’s easy to get around by bicycle.

Uppsala is also really well-connected to other major cities in Sweden with afternoons or evenings in Stockholm easy to fit in while Arlanda Airport, Sweden’s biggest, is only 30 minutes away by bus or rail.

  • Estimated Living Costs in Uppsala – 1100-1700 Euros/month
  • Estimated Digital Nomad Costs in Uppsala – 1400-2550 Euros/month

5. Malmo

Malmo living

Finally we head south to Malmo which has the mildest climate of any of the five cities featured in this look at the best places to live in Sweden – although it does still get very cold during the winter months.

Malmo is Sweden’s third largest city after Stockholm and Gothenburg. It perhaps doesn’t have quite as many obvious charms as those two cities but one major advantage is its location within the Øresund Region which encompasses the Danish capital Copenhagen as well as Malmo and its surrounding area. The two cities are connected in about 30-45 minutes by the iconic Øresund Bridge meaning you can easily spend the afternoon in Sweden and the evening in Denmark or vice-versa.

Slightly more affordable than Gothenburg and much cheaper than Stockholm, Malmo ranks among the best places to live in Sweden for anyone looking for a combination of a relatively lively city base and relative affordability. It’s also perhaps the most diverse city in all of Scandinavia having accepted large numbers of refugees from the Middle East and Eastern Europe, giving it a slightly different feel to some of the more “Swedish” cities further north.

  • Estimated Living Costs in Malmo – 1100-1700 Euros/month
  • Estimated Digital Nomad Costs in Malmo – 1400-2550 Euros/month

Estimated Living Costs Calculation:

To help calculate the cost of living in Sweden and the cities featured in this post, we’ve used the data on the excellent Numbeo as a guide. This information is collected from actual residents in each of these cities although it’s perhaps slightly less reliable for the smaller cities with smaller populations.

The estimated living cost calculations above and in the table below aim to cover the total living costs for one person including the cost of renting accommodation, which can be high in Sweden. Those looking for flatshares and more interested in the cost of living in Sweden for international students may want to use the lower figure.

Swedish public transport
Sweden at least boasts excellent public transport in its major cities with some decent value tickets and extensive networks.

Digital nomads who may only be spending a few months in the country, particularly those looking to rent their own flat, will most likely need to budget slightly higher, chiefly because shorter-term rentals are more expensive.

It’s worth noting that none of these budgets for living in Sweden factor in the cost of any travel or health insurance packages. These will vary depending on your personal circumstances, nationality and ability to access free healthcare in Europe.

Moving to Sweden – Useful Resources

  • The level of English in Sweden is extremely high, but learning some basic Swedish will still make things much easier as you adjust to life and look for somewhere to stay. Consider taking one of Babbel’s award winning Swedish courses before you move.
  • SafetyWing offer nomad insurance packages for remote workers in Sweden or anyone looking for short-term medical cover before they get settled and registered into the local healthcare system.
  • If you’re going to be based in a more rural part of Sweden where having a car is a necessity, Discover Cars offer good value rentals.
  • is one of the best sites for finding accommodation in Sweden.

What are the Cheapest Cities to Live in Sweden?

CityEstimated Cost of Living (Monthly in Euros)
Note that the currency in Sweden is the Krona. At the time of updating these figures (October 2023), 1 Euro = 11.55 Krona.

As you can see, the likes of Norrkoping, Jonkoping and Helsingborg rank amongst the cheapest cities to live in Sweden, at least as far as the biggest 10-15 are concerned. You can find cheaper living costs but might need to head out into a small town way off the beaten track to do so.

The main takeaway here is that Stockholm is by some distance the most expensive city in Sweden. Otherwise, there’s not a huge amount of variation and there are only relatively marginal savings to be made by choosing one of the smaller cities over somewhere like Malmo or to a lesser extent Gothenburg.

While Sweden is expensive, it’s no longer significantly costlier than a lot of other Western European countries. Most of its cities are in the same ballpark as the likes of Lisbon and Madrid when it comes to overall living costs, while Stockholm aside, it’s cheaper when compared to the best cities to live in the Netherlands.

The Best Places to Live in Sweden & the Cheapest Cities

Danny is a digital nomad who has travelled extensively in Europe whilst writing about his adventures and closely monitoring his costs. He's a regular writer for and has experience of short stays in many of the best and cheapest places to live in Europe whilst working online.

9 thoughts on “The Best Places to Live in Sweden & the Cheapest Cities

    1. Hi June. According to the same source and calculations used in the article, costs in Vaxjo are similar to Orebro (1000-1550 Euros per month) so a bit cheaper than the main cities.

  1. Hi. Thank you for your explicit description of the cities in Sweden 🇸🇪. Now I am better informed.

    1. Around 25,000 apparently. There are much more in other European countries such as Germany or the UK but in terms of % of the population, that’s still relatively high.

  2. Hello everyone! I live in Turkey and would like to move to Sweden in near future. I work for a Swedish Game Company remotely as a Social Media Manager. I also studied French and English Language Teaching. Could you give some information about the job opportunities?

    1. Hi Mel, I’m not sure about specific job opportunities in those sectors within Sweden, but hopefully somebody can help?

      If not, you may have more luck on reddit or another forum specific to those sectors.

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