Stockholm

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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 1.7% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

5
204/263
Details
Large apartment$1738.92
Medium apartment$1410.35
Rent index [score]0.56
Small apartment$1081.79

Cost of Living

4
237/261
Details
5km taxi ride$14.00
A Cappuccino$4.30
A beer$2.00
A kilogram of Apples$2.90
Bread$1.90
Inflation [score]0.35
Lunch$10.00
Monthly fitness club membership$52.00
Monthly public transport$96.00
Movie ticket$15.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$88.82

Startups

7
41/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups27
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.65
Coworking spaces [score]0.32
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co34
Meetups [score]0.77
Meetups groups200
Meetups members108672
Number of investors201
Number of startup events in the last 12 months126
Number of upcoming meetup events48
Startup climate scene [score]0.68
Startup events23
Startup events46
Startup events [score]0.51
Startups [score]0.77
Total number of startups567

Venture Capital

7
37/227
Details
Venture capital [score]0.68

Travel Connectivity

6
34/260
Details
Airport hub125
Airport hub [score]0.56
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.69

Commute

5
80/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Sweden/Stockholm
Traffic handling [score]0.65

Business Freedom

10
9/259
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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
150/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.56
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

8
63/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.71
Healthcare quality [score]0.77
Life expectancy (years)82.38
Life expectancy [score]0.94

Education

7
26/230
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)34
PISA ranking34
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.79
PISA reading (high school)33
PISA science (high school)34
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]0.54

Environmental Quality

9
9/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.95
Cleanliness [score]0.87
Drinking water quality [score]0.98
Urban greenery [score]0.87

Economy

6
101/258
Details
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
232/260
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

6
118/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)20.59
Internet access (download) [score]0.46
Internet access (upload) [score]0.64
Upload speed (Mbps)16.83

Leisure & Culture

7
86/263
Details
Art galleries128
Art galleries [score]0.76
Cinemas48
Cinemas [score]0.48
Comedy clubs16
Comedy clubs [score]0.72
Concert venues88
Concerts [score]0.66
Historical sites91
Historical sites [score]0.55
Museums73
Museums [score]0.81
Performing art venues105
Performing arts [score]0.57
Sport venues93
Sports [score]0.65
Zoos3
Zoos [score]0.82

Tolerance

9
3/264
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]0.93

Outdoors

5
152/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.11
Median peak in meters56.50
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 261 Teleport cities and the most expensive in Sweden. 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)

$1,344$2,134
$1739
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$52
Movie ticket$15
Broadband internet connection$31
Monthly public transport$96
Lunch$10
-12%
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 78th for salaries among 264 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)

$57,774
Median salary
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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 151 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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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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LGBT rights in Stockholm

Discrimination

Illegal

Marriage

Legal

Adoption

Legal

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Impressions from Stockholm

2:11 Presenting Stockholm in 101 Frames

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On living in Stockholm

Stockholm is the capital and largest city of Sweden, with nearly 2 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area. 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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