Cost of living in Norway

Summary of cost of living in Norway

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: kr 46,992
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: kr 23,090
  • Norway is the 4th most expensive country in Western Europe (4 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Norway is more expensive than in 91% of countries in the World (7 out of 68)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district kr 191
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) kr 112
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast kr 62
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk kr 20
12 eggs, large kr 42
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes kr 34
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese kr 54
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples kr 30
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes kr 22
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket kr 33
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality kr 145
2 liters of coca-cola kr 37
Bread for 2 people for 1 day kr 26
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area kr 17,021
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area kr 13,069
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat kr 1,891
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area kr 10,636
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area kr 8,217
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio kr 1,229
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) kr 478
40” flat screen tv kr 4,398
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) kr 1,992
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) kr 178
Hourly rate for cleaning help kr 328
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) kr 937
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) kr 467
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) kr 1,009
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes kr 1,348
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new kr 331,126
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas kr 16
Monthly ticket public transport kr 784
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) kr 58
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) kr 112
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) kr 294
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) kr 41
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) kr 49
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) kr 35
4 rolls of toilet paper kr 25
Tube of toothpaste kr 22
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city kr 458
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub kr 608
2 tickets to the movies kr 273
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) kr 1,626
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert kr 952
1 cocktail drink in downtown club kr 150
Cappuccino in expat area of the city kr 45
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) kr 95
Ipad wi-fi 128gb kr 6,525
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) kr 1.03
1 month of gym membership in business district kr 442
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:
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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 195
2nd Trondheim 193
3rd Stavanger 183
4th Bergen 177
5th Kristiansand 172

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

Prices recently added

  • 1 kg of rice in Bergen costs kr 35 (4 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Bergen costs kr 21 (4 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Bergen costs kr 99 (4 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Oslo costs kr 13,000 (5 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Oslo costs kr 16,000 (5 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Oslo costs kr 22,000 (5 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Oslo costs kr 25,000 (5 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Bergen costs kr 145 (6 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Bergen costs kr 39 (6 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Bergen costs kr 11,000 (6 days ago)

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