Cost of living in Norway

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district kr 221
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) kr 112
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast kr 74
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 63
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples kr 28
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes kr 21
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket kr 31
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality kr 167
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 20,635
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area kr 14,625
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat kr 2,890
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area kr 13,430
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area kr 10,723
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio kr 1,133
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) kr 314
40” flat screen TV kr 3,579
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) kr 890
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) kr 158
Hourly rate for cleaning help kr 275
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) kr 1,027
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) kr 435
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) kr 1,115
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes kr 1,507
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new kr 333,057
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas kr 15
Monthly ticket public transport kr 729
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) kr 73
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) kr 181
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) kr 443
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) kr 45
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) kr 39
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) kr 44
4 rolls of toilet paper kr 24
Tube of toothpaste kr 28
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city kr 375
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub kr 504
2 tickets to the movies kr 254
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) kr 974
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert kr 889
1 cocktail drink in downtown club kr 135
Cappuccino in expat area of the city kr 49
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) kr 87
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB kr 4,359
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) kr 2.23
1 month of gym membership in business district kr 498
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 218
2nd Bergen 198
3rd Trondheim 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

  • Public transport in Stavanger costs kr 500 (6 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Stavanger costs kr 13,000 (7 days ago)