Cost of living in Norway

Summary of cost of living in Norway

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: kr 51,288
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: kr 27,786
  • Cost of living in Norway is more expensive than in 79% of countries in Western Europe (5 out of 19)
  • Cost of living in Norway is more expensive than in 90% of countries in the World (10 out of 90)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district kr 210
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) kr 115
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast kr 67
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk kr 20
12 eggs, large kr 50
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes kr 36
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese kr 69
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples kr 32
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes kr 23
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket kr 32
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality kr 184
2 liters of coca-cola kr 37
Bread for 2 people for 1 day kr 23
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area kr 21,905
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area kr 17,253
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat kr 2,150
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 11,072
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio kr 1,454
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) kr 282
40” flat screen tv kr 4,425
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) kr 1,349
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) kr 117
Hourly rate for cleaning help kr 335
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 356
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) kr 965
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes kr 1,586
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new kr 330,244
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas kr 17
Monthly ticket public transport kr 758
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) kr 72
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 38
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) kr 47
4 rolls of toilet paper kr 30
Tube of toothpaste kr 30
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city kr 408
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub kr 537
2 tickets to the movies kr 269
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) kr 1,702
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert kr 949
1 cocktail drink in downtown club kr 130
Cappuccino in expat area of the city kr 46
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) kr 88
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 484
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 207
2nd Kristiansand 187
3rd Stavanger 177
4th Trondheim 177

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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