Excerpted from the Sweden Career Guide
Cost of Living
While Sweden is more expensive than most EU countries, it is still less costly than many other countries in the world. In global consulting firm Mercer’s annual Cost of Living survey covering 230 cities worldwide, none of Sweden’s cities appear in the top ten. Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, is in 19th place of the most expensive cities in the world.
It is a fairly safe bet that expats will need to spend the biggest portion of their salaries on housing in Sweden – usually about 30 percent., Housing is most expensive in Stockholm.
Public transport in Sweden – like that of most countries in Europe – is of good quality and includes buses, subways, trams, suburban trains and even ferries. Owning a car is not necessary.
Medical Care/Health Insurance
The Swedish health care system performs well compared to systems in other countries when it comes to access to care, quality of care and medical outcomes. A recent update of the OECD's (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) rankings of health care systems in 19 industrialized countries ranked Sweden first.
Work Schedules and Holidays
In reality, Swedes work an average of 36 hours per week – about 143 fewer hours than Americans work every year. In a CNNMoney listing of the top ten industrialized countries with the shortest work weeks, Sweden places eighth, behind Denmark, Norway and Germany.
Sweden now has the fifth-highest tax burden relative to GDP in the developed world, behind Belgium, France, Italy and Denmark. Sweden’s tax revenue has dropped to 44.3 percent of GDP, from a peak of 51.5 percent in 1999.
Social Security and Pension
All employers in Sweden pay statutory social security contributions on behalf of their employees, consisting of charges for pensions, health insurance and other social benefits. These contributions amount to 31.42 percent of gross salary.
This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 75 pages of information in the complete Sweden guide.