Cost of living in Norway

Summary of cost of living in Norway

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: kr 50,261
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: kr 27,134
  • Norway is the 3rd most expensive country in Western Europe (3 out of 19)
  • Cost of living in Norway is more expensive than in 95% of countries in the World (6 out of 96)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district kr 215
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) kr 118
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast kr 67
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk kr 19
12 eggs, large kr 46
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes kr 37
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese kr 67
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples kr 31
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes kr 24
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket kr 31
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality kr 191
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 21,538
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area kr 16,485
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat kr 1,991
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area kr 13,494
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area kr 10,818
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio kr 1,454
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) kr 280
40” flat screen tv kr 3,810
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) kr 1,236
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) kr 117
Hourly rate for cleaning help kr 273
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) kr 931
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) kr 367
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) kr 938
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes kr 1,532
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new kr 325,703
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas kr 16
Monthly ticket public transport kr 754
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) kr 69
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) kr 113
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) kr 672
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) kr 33
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) kr 40
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) kr 45
4 rolls of toilet paper kr 33
Tube of toothpaste kr 26
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city kr 403
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub kr 572
2 tickets to the movies kr 271
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) kr 1,101
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert kr 986
1 cocktail drink in downtown club kr 131
Cappuccino in expat area of the city kr 51
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) kr 90
Ipad wi-fi 128gb kr 4,305
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) kr 1.48
1 month of gym membership in business district kr 456
1 package of marlboro cigarettes kr 128

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:
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 213
2nd Kristiansand 193
3rd Bergen 185
4th Stavanger 183
5th Trondheim 181

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

  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Oslo costs kr 321 (3 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Oslo costs kr 30 (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Oslo costs kr 19 (3 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Oslo costs kr 275 (6 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Oslo costs kr 80 (7 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Oslo costs kr 110 (7 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Oslo costs kr 800 (7 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Oslo costs kr 240 (7 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Oslo costs kr 600 (7 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Oslo costs kr 35 (7 days ago)