Cost of living in Norway

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district kr 222
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 19
12 eggs, large kr 50
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes kr 34
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese kr 61
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples kr 27
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 159
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 20,463
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area kr 14,362
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat kr 2,237
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area kr 13,717
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area kr 10,975
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio kr 1,263
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) kr 337
40” flat screen TV kr 3,907
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) kr 893
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) kr 189
Hourly rate for cleaning help kr 261
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) kr 1,014
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) kr 419
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) kr 1,106
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes kr 1,540
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new kr 344,144
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas kr 15
Monthly ticket public transport kr 722
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) kr 56
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) kr 212
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) kr 409
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) kr 37
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) kr 40
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) kr 38
4 rolls of toilet paper kr 26
Tube of toothpaste kr 26
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city kr 327
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub kr 498
2 tickets to the movies kr 253
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) kr 953
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert kr 935
1 cocktail drink in downtown club kr 131
Cappuccino in expat area of the city kr 46
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) kr 87
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB kr 4,519
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) kr 1.60
1 month of gym membership in business district kr 497
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes kr 121

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 224
2nd Bergen 202
3rd Trondheim 202
4th Stavanger 198

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

  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Tromsø costs kr 100 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Tromsø costs kr 20 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 1 box of 16 of tampons (tampax, ob, ...) in Tromsø costs kr 42 (about 24 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Oslo costs kr 799 (1 day ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Stavanger costs kr 160 (1 day ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Stavanger costs kr 250 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Stavanger costs kr 98 (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Stavanger costs kr 80 (1 day ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Stavanger costs kr 168 (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Stavanger costs kr 650 (1 day ago)