Cost of living in Norway

Summary of cost of living in Norway

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: kr 48,883
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: kr 24,424
  • Norway is the 3rd most expensive country in Western Europe (3 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Norway is more expensive than in 93% of countries in the World (6 out of 76)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district kr 219
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) kr 127
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast kr 76
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk kr 21
12 eggs, large kr 52
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes kr 37
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese kr 70
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples kr 33
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes kr 22
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket kr 32
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality kr 166
2 liters of coca-cola kr 38
Bread for 2 people for 1 day kr 19
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area kr 18,364
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area kr 13,565
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat kr 1,371
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area kr 13,370
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area kr 10,361
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio kr 952
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) kr 349
40” flat screen tv kr 4,306
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) kr 1,594
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) kr 110
Hourly rate for cleaning help kr 276
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) kr 830
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) kr 510
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) kr 934
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes kr 1,733
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new kr 326,034
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas kr 15
Monthly ticket public transport kr 774
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) kr 97
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) kr 169
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) kr 256
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) kr 55
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) kr 47
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) kr 62
4 rolls of toilet paper kr 23
Tube of toothpaste kr 25
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city kr 480
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub kr 469
2 tickets to the movies kr 284
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) kr 1,157
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert kr 872
1 cocktail drink in downtown club kr 144
Cappuccino in expat area of the city kr 47
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) kr 91
Ipad wi-fi 128gb kr 4,995
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district kr 497
1 package of marlboro cigarettes kr 137

Map of Cost of Living in Norway

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This map shows only the top cities in Norway. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Norway

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Oslo 201
2nd Kristiansand 185
3rd Stavanger 180

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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List of all cities available in Norway

Bergen Bodo Kristiansand
Mosjoen Oslo Stavanger
Tromsø Trondheim

Prices recently added

  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Oslo costs kr 400 (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Trondheim costs kr 16 (4 days ago)