Cost of living in Norway

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district kr 214
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) kr 113
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast kr 69
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk kr 19
12 eggs, large kr 50
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes kr 31
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese kr 64
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples kr 27
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes kr 22
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket kr 31
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality kr 169
2 liters of Coca-Cola kr 38
Bread for 2 people for 1 day kr 24
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area kr 20,632
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area kr 14,640
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat kr 2,743
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area kr 13,359
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area kr 10,328
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio kr 1,371
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) kr 309
40” flat screen TV kr 3,744
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) kr 1,054
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) kr 107
Hourly rate for cleaning help kr 267
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) kr 985
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) kr 399
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) kr 1,079
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes kr 1,481
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new kr 315,986
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas kr 16
Monthly ticket public transport kr 742
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) kr 73
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) kr 110
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) kr 404
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) kr 38
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) kr 38
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) kr 43
4 rolls of toilet paper kr 28
Tube of toothpaste kr 27
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city kr 337
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub kr 501
2 tickets to the movies kr 266
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) kr 872
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert kr 848
1 cocktail drink in downtown club kr 138
Cappuccino in expat area of the city kr 49
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) kr 86
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB kr 4,375
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) kr 2.39
1 month of gym membership in business district kr 473
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes kr 123

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 211
2nd Bergen 195
3rd Trondheim 190
4th Stavanger 190

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

Prices recently added

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Oslo costs kr 550 (3 days ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Oslo costs kr 6,000 (3 days ago)
  • 1 ticket to the movies in Oslo costs kr 300 (3 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Oslo costs kr 400 (3 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Oslo costs kr 24 (3 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Oslo costs kr 1,000 (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Oslo costs kr 20 (3 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Oslo costs kr 20,000 (10 days ago)