Stockholm

Quality of life in Stockholm

Stockholm has emerged as one of Europe's innovation and entrepreneurial capitals with a vibrant start-up scene and open, tolerant society. It is also one of the cleanest cities in the world with a population of roughly 1 million residents embracing green-leaning programs and strong environmental protection. Stockholm's winter climate can be a challenge to some, but even then, very few would turn down the opportunity to spend time in this welcoming city.

Stockholm is one of the top ten city matches for 1.2% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

5
205/265
Details
Large apartment$1900.00
Medium apartment$1600.00
Rent index [score]0.50
Small apartment$1300.00

Cost of Living

4
229/245
Details
5km taxi ride$15.00
A Cappuccino$4.90
A beer$2.20
A kilogram of Apples$2.90
Bread$1.60
Inflation [score]0.39
Lunch$13.00
Monthly fitness club membership$58.00
Monthly public transport$94.00
Movie ticket$16.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$95.25

Startups

6
51/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups8
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.50
Coworking spaces [score]0.31
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co34
Meetups [score]0.77
Meetups groups200
Meetups members128669
Number of investors201
Number of startup events in the last 12 months320
Number of upcoming meetup events45
Startup climate scene [score]0.62
Startup events42
Startup events [score]0.57
Startups [score]0.76
Total number of startups537

Venture Capital

7
34/223
Details
Venture capital [score]0.69

Travel Connectivity

6
34/265
Details
Airport hub125
Airport hub [score]0.56
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.69

Commute

5
56/255
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Sweden/Stockholm
Traffic handling [score]0.67

Business Freedom

10
9/263
Details
Business freedom89.70
Business freedom [score]0.97
Freedom from corruption87.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.97
Lack of labor restrictions53.50
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.34
Time to open a business7.00
Time to open a business [score]0.93

Safety

7
173/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.51
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year1
Guns per 100 residents32
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.96
Lack of guns [score]0.85
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.91

Healthcare

9
82/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.93
Healthcare quality [score]0.73
Life expectancy (years)82.38
Life expectancy [score]0.94

Education

7
22/239
Details
Best university in rankingKarolinska Institute
Best university ranking28
Country mean scores in PISA math test481.75
Country mean scores in PISA reading test483.34
Country mean scores in PISA science test484.80
PISA math ranking (high school)19
PISA ranking19
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.78
PISA reading (high school)13
PISA science (high school)21
Percent of happy students0.82
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.27
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.23
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.22
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.06
University quality [score]0.55

Environmental Quality

9
16/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.85
Cleanliness [score]0.83
Drinking water quality [score]0.97
Urban greenery [score]0.91

Economy

6
102/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area8.11
Currency for urban areaSEK
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.40
GDP per capita$45986.38
GDP per capita [score]0.73

Taxation

3
237/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.45
Income tax level [score]0.10
Profit tax (% of profit)0.49
Time overhead to file company taxes122
VAT (Sales Tax)0.25

Internet Access

7
75/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)36.06
Internet access (download) [score]0.65
Internet access (upload) [score]0.65
Upload speed (Mbps)16.70

Leisure & Culture

7
87/264
Details
Art galleries128
Art galleries [score]0.76
Cinemas49
Cinemas [score]0.48
Comedy clubs16
Comedy clubs [score]0.71
Concert venues87
Concerts [score]0.65
Historical sites92
Historical sites [score]0.54
Museums76
Museums [score]0.82
Performing art venues138
Performing arts [score]0.58
Sport venues94
Sports [score]0.66
Zoos7
Zoos [score]0.83

Tolerance

6
201/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index93.59
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.96
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.19

Outdoors

4
152/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.11
Median peak in meters56.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)25.00
Water access [score]0.79
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Stockholm are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 245 Teleport cities and the most expensive in Sweden. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Stockholm will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,500$2,300
$1900
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$58
Movie ticket$16
Broadband internet connection$31
Monthly public transport$94
Lunch$13
-9%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Stockholm are above average. For this job type, Stockholm ranks 79th for salaries among 265 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Stockholm.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$57,464
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

29%
For annual salary of $40000
39%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

25%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

255/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

209/262
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

31.60
Guns per 100 people
1.47
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Stockholm in position 174 of 265 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Visa

For visits up to 90 days

Required with citizenship of

Embassies

Embassy of Sweden in Kabul, Afghanistan

Section for Development Co-operation, House 70, Lane 1, street 15, Wazir Akbar Khan, Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: +93 (0)20 210 49 12

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Explore the streets of Stockholm

People in Stockholm

Population of Stockholm

2,267,400
2,551 /km²
45/264
Density (people per unit of area)
9%
Growth in 2015-2020
Stockholm

Demographics of Sweden

Median age
41
Elderly people
20%
Life expectancy at birth
82
GDP per capita (in USD)
$45,986
92/262
Unemployment
7%
180/263

Languages

English proficiency score
71
106/228
Common spoken languages
Swedish

Friends living in Stockholm

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Teleport Users  X  Stockholm

Teleport users who are      Stockholm

Work in:

Software Engineer
11.30%
Web Developer
4.80%
Founder
4.80%
Marketing Manager
4.18%
Web Designer
3.56%
Graphic Designer
3.41%
UX Designer
2.48%
Other
65.48%

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Impressions from Stockholm

2:11 Presenting Stockholm in 101 Frames

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On living in Stockholm

Stockholm is Sweden's capital and largest city, with nearly a million inhabitants in the city proper, and 2.3 million within Stockholm County. The inner city is made up of 14 islands across Lake Mälaren and three streams into the brackish Baltic Sea, with the Stockholm archipelago with some 24,000 islands, islets and skerries. Over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways, and another 30% is made up of green areas. Air and water are said to be the freshest of any European capital.

Stockholm is the hub of most Swedish rail and bus traffic and has two of the country's busiest airports nearby, so it is a good starting point for visiting other parts of Sweden.

Stockholm's suburbs sprawl out across most of Stockholm County. Stockholm's administrative division may be perplexing - municipal borders might cut right through neighbourhoods.

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Get personal advice about moving to Stockholm

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Teleport Scouts in Stockholm

Risto Vahenurm

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Peter Fagerström

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Luke Ryan

Housing, Neighborhoods, Banking, Coworking spaces

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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

Sweden
1st from a total of 163 countries

World Order

11th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

52nd

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

7th

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

1st

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

3rd

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

8th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

1st

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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