Cost of living in Norway

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district kr 209
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) kr 107
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast kr 75
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk kr 18
12 eggs, large kr 49
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes kr 33
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese kr 60
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples kr 26
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes kr 19
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket kr 31
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality kr 164
2 liters of Coca-Cola kr 38
Bread for 2 people for 1 day kr 23
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area kr 20,539
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area kr 14,429
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat kr 3,205
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area kr 13,119
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area kr 10,325
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio kr 2,111
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) kr 305
40” flat screen TV kr 4,005
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) kr 979
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) kr 141
Hourly rate for cleaning help kr 244
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) kr 1,029
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) kr 414
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) kr 1,112
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes kr 1,495
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new kr 327,004
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas kr 15
Monthly ticket public transport kr 719
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) kr 49
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) kr 231
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) kr 288
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) kr 35
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) kr 43
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) kr 51
4 rolls of toilet paper kr 26
Tube of toothpaste kr 23
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city kr 321
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub kr 488
2 tickets to the movies kr 255
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) kr 903
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert kr 891
1 cocktail drink in downtown club kr 131
Cappuccino in expat area of the city kr 45
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) kr 84
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB kr 4,870
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) kr 1.76
1 month of gym membership in business district kr 522
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes kr 118

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 223
2nd Bergen 201
3rd Trondheim 201
4th Stavanger 197

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

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Oslo costs kr 499 (1 day ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Oslo costs kr 45 (1 day ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Stavanger costs kr 1,000 (2 days ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Stavanger costs kr 3,000 (2 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Stavanger costs kr 3,000 (2 days ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Stavanger costs kr 1,000 (2 days ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Stavanger costs kr 1,000 (2 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Stavanger costs kr 500 (2 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Stavanger costs kr 100 (2 days ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 3 liters in Stavanger costs kr 500 (2 days ago)