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Rents for dwellings, 2019

Highest rent increase in six years

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2019-10-04 9.30

Rents in 2019 increased on average by 1.9 percent, which is the highest increase in rents since 2013. A three-room apartment now costs SEK 7 147 per month on average.

In 2013, the rent increase was 2.2 percent on average. In subsequent years, the increase has been lower. The rent increase in 2019, 1.9 percent on average, is at a higher level than in the past six years.

Rent development in the last ten years, whole country
YearRent change*
2019 1.9%
2018 1.1%
2017 0.8%
2016 0.8%
2015 1.3%
2014 1.7%
2013 2.2%
2012 2.8%
2011 2.4%
2010 1.6%

*The percentages refer to the mean increase.

SEK 7 147 in rent for a three-room apartment

In 2019, the average monthly rent for a three-room apartment is SEK 7 147. The average rent for a two-room apartment is SEK 5 761. Rent for a one-room apartment is SEK 4 140, while the average rent for an apartment with four or more rooms is SEK 9 081.

Monthly rent by number of rooms in 2019, whole country
Number of roomsNew monthly rent in 2019, SEK
Apartment 1 room 4 140 ± 56
Apartment 2 rooms 5 761 ± 38
Apartment 3 rooms 7 147 ± 58
Apartment 4+ rooms 9 081 ± 154

Rents vary between regions

Rents vary from one region to another. Greater municipal areas have higher rents than smaller municipalities. A household living in a municipality with fewer than 75 000 inhabitants pays around SEK 1 600 less for a three-room apartment than a household living in Stockholm.

Monthly rent for three-room apartment in 2019, by region
RegionNew monthly rent in 2019, SEK
Greater Stockholm 8 010 ± 157
Greater Gothenburg 7 050 ± 175
Greater Malmö 7 780 ± 232
Other large municipalities* 7 195 ± 89
Other small municipalities* 6 401 ± 75
Whole country 7 147 ± 58

*The limit between larger and smaller municipalities is 75 000 inhabitants.

Definitions and explanations

Estimated rents include heating costs, but do not include costs for garage and electricity. 

Rents for dwellings

The statistics describe rents and changes in rents for rental dwellings. Rents are broken down by region, number of rooms, year of construction, and type of ownership. Rents for dwellings is an annual survey based on a national sample of rented dwellings. The sample includes approximately 15 600 dwellings.

Statistical Database

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