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These are Sweden’s most expensive rental apartments

Where is the most expensive rental apartment in Sweden? Perhaps surprisingly, it's not in Stockholm. Here's a look at the ten most expensive rentals from 2019.

These are Sweden's most expensive rental apartments
Gothenburg is home to the most expensive rental apartments in Sweden, according to data from 2019. Photo: Per Pixel Petersson/

The most expensive home rented out in Sweden in 2019, at 32,160 kronor ($3,325) per month, was a seven-room apartment in central Gothenburg, according to property magazine Hem&Hyra, run by the tenant owners' union Hyresgästföreningen. 

The newly renovated apartment at Kungsportsavenyen 37 was almost 6,000 kronor more expensive than the second rental on the list, which is located in the same building. The building was built in 1897 and is situated along Gothenburg's iconic boulevard, often simply called Avenyn (The Avenue). 

The top ten priciest rentals, according to Hem&Hyra's analysis of 2019 data from housing associations and municipal companies in Sweden's five largest municipalities, were found in the most affluent areas of Sweden's three major cities, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.

But there were also very expensive apartments on the rental market elsewhere.

Last year a five-room apartment in central Uppsala went on the market for 19,817 kronor a month. In Linköping another apartment brought in close to 19,000 kronor each month. 

Top 10 most expensive rental apartments in Sweden

  1. Kungsportsavenyen 37, Gothenburg. 7 room. Rent: 32,160 kronor
  2. Kungsportsavenyen 37, Gothenburg. 5 room. Rent: 26,783 kronor
  3. Vasagatan, Gothenburg. 6 room. Rent: 25,773 kronor
  4. Marietorps allé 3A, Malmö. 7 room. Rent: 25,759 kronor
  5. Husarviksgatan 18, Stockholm. 6 room. Rent: 25,549 kronor
  6. St Paulsgatan 10, Stockholm. 7 room. Rent: 25,059 kronor
  7. Götabergsgatan, Gothenburg. 6 room. Rent: 25,000 kronor
  8. Köpenhamnsvägen 95, Malmö. 6 room. Rent: 23,426 kronor
  9. Valhallavägen 96, Stockholm. 7 room. Rent: 22,645 kronor
  10. Köpenhamnsvägen 93A, Malmö. 5 room. Rent: 22,635 kronor

Source: Hem&Hyra Data: Statistics from the five largest municipalities in Sweden. Not all private landlords are connected which means that more expensive rental apartments may have been mediated outside of the list.

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How much is 'normal'?

In 2019 the average monthly rent in Sweden for a three-room apartment was 7,147 kronor ($739), according to Statistics Sweden.

But there are large variations depending on where you live.

In a municipality with fewer than 75,000 inhabitants, a family pays on average 1,600 kronor less for a three-room apartment than a household in Stockholm does.

And these statistics only take into account so called 'first-hand' contracts, which are subject to rent controls. These contracts in Sweden are in most cases given on a first-come, first-serve basis which means that you join a queue and are given priority based on your position in that queue.

In larger cities it's often impossible to find a first-hand contract without having first spent years, or even a decade or more, in the queue. In larger cities it can take many years in this queue to be eligible for a first-hand contract, so sub-letting or 'second-hand renting' is common. 

Renting in Sweden

Recent figures show a slow increase in available housing, but the shortage is still felt nationwide, and is especially problematic in the larger cities. The National Board of Housing, Building and Planning (Boverket) reports that 240 of Sweden's 290 municipalities has a housing shortage.

Municipal or state-regulated rental companies must abide by restrictions on how much they can charge in rent, based on aspects such as the number of rooms, quality of the apartment, location and proximity to services among others.

The Swedish Tenants Association negotiates rent for tenants who want collective bargaining, and in practice they negotiate levels of rent for 90 percent of Swedish rental apartments, which equates to over three million tenants.

A stated goal in their negotiations is that “rent should not exceed 25 percent of an average salary after taxes”. Based on the 2018 average salary of 34,600 kronor before tax each month, that would equate to a monthly rent of roughly 6690 kronor per person. 

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Seven gorgeous Swedish holiday homes for less than a million kronor

Fancy owning a beautiful red wooden cottage in Sweden for the same price as a shed in London or New York? It's the best time in years for foreigners to buy property in the Nordic nation, thanks to the weak krona.

Seven gorgeous Swedish holiday homes for less than a million kronor

With its chilly winter climate, famously expensive restaurants and unfamiliar language, Sweden might not seem like the obvious place to move to or buy a holiday home in. But if you’re paying in foreign currency, now may be the time to buy.

Swedish properties offer owners the chance to enjoy some of Scandinavia’s most pristine lakes and deep green forests alongside historic towns and villages. Plus Sweden has longer days and more sunlight than much of Europe during the summer months, when temperatures can regularly climb to 25 degrees in the south.

In general, Swedes look for holiday homes closer to the coast and nearer to major cities, so prices are much lower inland near smaller towns. Central Skåne is a good bet for warmer weather and easy access from the rest of Europe, but if you want really cheap prices you should head further north.

Here is an entirely impartial selection of properties costing less than a million kronor (at the time of publication: €90,084, $96,691, £79,023).

Andåsen 152, Härjedalens municipality

This red wooden summer house in Härjedalen, northern Sweden complete with its own sauna is a steal at just 450,000 kronor (€40,380). Although the property ad states that it only has two rooms, you’ll actually have access to two wooden cottages.

The first has one bedroom, as well as an open plan kitchen/living area with a woodburner and an open fireplace, and the second has a large reception room with windows in three directions as well as your very own woodburning sauna.

If that wasn’t enough, you’ll also have access to a guest cottage with space for up to four people to sleep.

The cottages are located by Andåssjön lake, on a small hill surrounded by forest and ten minutes away from a sandy beach with a bathing spot and space for you to put your boat.

Andåsen lies a half an hour drive from Härjedalen-Sveg airport which has direct connections to Stockholm’s Arlanda airport. Why not spend a few days in the Swedish capital before heading out into nature for the summer?

Sandy beaches on Seskarö in northern Sweden. Photo: Simon Eliasson/TT

Seskarö, Haparanda

This one-story three bedroom house on the market for 850,000 kronor (€76,615) is suitable as a summer house or permanent residence. The house lies on the island of Seskarö, 24 kilometres southwest of Haparanda in northern Sweden.

Just a stone’s throw from the beach, this summer house provides easy access to swimming and fishing spots, as well as a number of restaurants on the island.

Although it comes into its element in the summer – there’s a garden with enough space for growing vegetables – this house also has a cosy open fireplace and a sauna to keep you warm during the winter.

Seskarö is around an hour and a half by car from Luleå, which has direct flights to Stockholm.

Hultsfred, Småland

This four-bedroom house in the small town of Hultsfred in Småland could be yours for 795,000 kronor (€71,357). Hultsfred is a popular town during the summer with nearby lakes providing great opportunities for swimming and walking, with Knästorp nature reserve on your doorstep.

The house, located in central Hultsfred, has recently been renovated with a modern kitchen and two bathrooms perfect for a large family. It’s not classified as a summer house, which means you’d be able to live here all year round if you wanted.

It takes around two hours to reach Hultsfred via train from Linköping, which has direct flights to all major Swedish airports, as well as Toulouse and Amsterdam.

Småland is known for its lakes and forests. Photo: August Dellert/

Yxenhaga, Småland

These red cottages situated in the summer house resort of Yxenhaga in Småland are surrounded by nature, with forests and lakes within walking distance. The cottages are now on sale, with a mix of one bedroom, two bedroom and studio cottages on offer. Prices range from 725,000 kronor (€65,160) for a one bedroom cottage to 1,050,000 kronor (€94,370) if you want to buy a one-bed and studio cottage together.

Despite their location on a summer resort, these cottages are classed as all-year residencies, meaning you can stay in them whenever you like – even full time, if you wanted.

These cottages are very family friendly with playgrounds on the resort site, and there are many activities on offer in the surrounding area, such as canoeing, fishing, swimming, ball games and even a sauna with a view of the water.

Jönköping is the closest town, with the bus from nearby Kinnebro – a fifteen minute cycle ride away – taking around 40 minutes.

The closest major international airport is in Gothenburg, which can be reached in two hours by car or three and a half hours by public transport.

Vittsjö, Skåne

This charming two-bedroom torp cottage, priced at 795,000 kronor (€71,357) and built in 1915, is situated 6.5 kilometres outside the Scanian town of Vittsjö with a view over forests, fields and meadows. It takes around 10 minutes to walk down to Öresjön lake for a swim.

The Skåneleden bike route runs through Vittsjö, making this a great option for cycle enthusiasts. Photo: Apelöga/

Despite its location out in the countryside, it takes under two hours to get to Vittsjö from Copenhagen Airport via train through Hässleholm, making this a great choice for a summer house if you live in the rest of Europe and would like to be able to get here in under a day.

Slite, Gotland

This little summer house in Slite on the island of Gotland has one room and a kitchenette, as well as a little veranda with a view of the sea. It’s on the market for 950,000 kronor (€85,450), and can be rented out to earn some money when you’re not using it.

Just a stone’s throw away from Gotland’s only archipelago, this is the perfect summer house if you like spending time on the water, with daily boat tours available to book during summer.

There are a number of activities on offer within walking distance, such as a tennis court, sports hall, ice skating rink, mountaine bike routes and walking trails. You can also rent kayaks and bikes in the resort.

The association also offers a floating sauna which can be rented for 50 kronor.

There is a direct bus from Slite to Visby, which takes one hour, and direct flights from Visby airport to Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Norrköping airports.

Fårösund, Gotland

A timeshare in this tip-top summer house in Northern Gotland, where you would be able to stay for five weeks a year, is currently on the market for 450,000 kronor (€40,495).

This house has three bedrooms, one bathroom and a guest toilet, as well as a smaller building for guests. It also has ample outside space with two gardens, a sheltered inner courtyard and a patio with sea views.

Fårö island off the coast of northern Gotland. Photo: Simon Paulin/

The house is by Kronhaga beach in Fårösund, a small town with restaurants, shops, cafes and other amenities. Suitable for relaxation or active holidays, there are walking trails, tennis and padel courts nearby, as well as Fårö island – the home of late Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman – which can be reached by an eight-minute ferry ride.

Fårösund is an hour and a half away from Visby by direct bus, or just under an hour by car.