Cost of living in Norway

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district kr 203
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) kr 108
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast kr 71
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk kr 18
12 eggs, large kr 50
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes kr 34
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese kr 59
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples kr 26
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes kr 17
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket kr 32
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality kr 162
2 liters of Coca-Cola kr 38
Bread for 2 people for 1 day kr 22
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area kr 19,315
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area kr 14,108
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat kr 1,817
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area kr 13,015
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area kr 12,276
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio kr 2,111
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) kr 338
40” flat screen TV kr 4,636
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) kr 1,441
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) kr 134
Hourly rate for cleaning help kr 249
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) kr 1,034
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) kr 374
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) kr 1,120
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes kr 1,564
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new kr 330,492
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas kr 15
Monthly ticket public transport kr 707
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) kr 49
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) kr 232
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) kr 238
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) kr 35
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) kr 46
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) kr 52
4 rolls of toilet paper kr 25
Tube of toothpaste kr 26
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city kr 314
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub kr 458
2 tickets to the movies kr 253
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) kr 927
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert kr 844
1 cocktail drink in downtown club kr 128
Cappuccino in expat area of the city kr 43
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) kr 83
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB kr 4,933
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) kr 2.05
1 month of gym membership in business district kr 522
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes kr 115

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.

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 221
2nd Trondheim 200
3rd Bergen 197
4th Stavanger 195

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.

Are you moving to Norway? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Norway of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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List of all cities available in Norway

Bergen Bodo Kristiansand
Mosjoen Oslo Stavanger
Tromsø Trondheim

Recent Prices Added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Oslo costs kr 120 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Oslo costs kr 600 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Oslo costs kr 80 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Oslo costs kr 40 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Oslo costs kr 130 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Oslo costs kr 500 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Oslo costs kr 300 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Oslo costs kr 3,000 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Oslo costs kr 500 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in Oslo costs kr 1,500 (about 15 hours ago)