Cost of living in Norway

Summary of cost of living in Norway

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: kr 55,558
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: kr 28,483
  • Norway is the 4th most expensive country in Western Europe (4 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Norway is more expensive than in 89% of countries in the World (9 out of 71)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district kr 202
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) kr 120
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast kr 72
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk kr 20
12 eggs, large kr 49
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes kr 37
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese kr 59
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples kr 29
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes kr 23
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket kr 32
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality kr 177
2 liters of coca-cola kr 36
Bread for 2 people for 1 day kr 25
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area kr 22,577
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area kr 16,698
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat kr 3,191
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area kr 13,093
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area kr 10,049
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio kr 1,141
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) kr 445
40” flat screen tv kr 4,824
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) kr 3,478
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) kr 94
Hourly rate for cleaning help kr 496
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) kr 964
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) kr 472
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) kr 999
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes kr 1,215
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new kr 360,840
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas kr 22
Monthly ticket public transport kr 819
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) kr 66
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) kr 116
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) kr 473
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) kr 45
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) kr 41
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) kr 38
4 rolls of toilet paper kr 26
Tube of toothpaste kr 23
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city kr 455
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub kr 673
2 tickets to the movies kr 286
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) kr 1,389
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert kr 1,044
1 cocktail drink in downtown club kr 167
Cappuccino in expat area of the city kr 47
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) kr 91
Ipad wi-fi 128gb kr 5,951
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) kr 1.37
1 month of gym membership in business district kr 464
1 package of marlboro cigarettes kr 146

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 157
2nd Trondheim 149
3rd Kristiansand 132

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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Bergen Bodo Kristiansand
Mosjoen Oslo Stavanger
Tromsø Trondheim

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  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Oslo costs kr 400 (5 days ago)

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