Cost of living in Norway

Summary of cost of living in Norway

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: kr 49,848
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: kr 24,450
  • Norway is the 2nd most expensive country in Western Europe (2 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Norway is more expensive than in 95% of countries in the World (5 out of 77)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district kr 212
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) kr 126
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast kr 74
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk kr 21
12 eggs, large kr 51
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes kr 38
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese kr 68
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples kr 33
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes kr 23
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket kr 33
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality kr 164
2 liters of coca-cola kr 39
Bread for 2 people for 1 day kr 18
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area kr 17,995
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area kr 13,742
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat kr 1,657
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area kr 13,046
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area kr 9,969
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio kr 799
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) kr 365
40” flat screen tv kr 3,788
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) kr 1,609
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) kr 110
Hourly rate for cleaning help kr 292
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) kr 845
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) kr 588
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) kr 876
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes kr 1,733
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new kr 324,339
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas kr 15
Monthly ticket public transport kr 770
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) kr 106
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) kr 154
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) kr 437
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) kr 55
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) kr 51
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) kr 80
4 rolls of toilet paper kr 23
Tube of toothpaste kr 23
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city kr 457
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub kr 640
2 tickets to the movies kr 292
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) kr 1,520
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert kr 872
1 cocktail drink in downtown club kr 149
Cappuccino in expat area of the city kr 47
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) kr 93
Ipad wi-fi 128gb kr 4,995
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district kr 508
1 package of marlboro cigarettes kr 137

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 209
2nd Kristiansand 189
3rd Stavanger 185

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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List of all cities available in Norway

Bergen Bodo Kristiansand
Mosjoen Oslo Stavanger
Tromsø Trondheim

Prices recently added

  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Trondheim costs kr 90 (4 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Trondheim costs kr 144 (4 days ago)
  • Public transport in Trondheim costs kr 700 (4 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Trondheim costs kr 40 (4 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Trondheim costs kr 150 (4 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Trondheim costs kr 30 (4 days ago)
  • 1 kg of local cheese in Trondheim costs kr 61 (4 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Trondheim costs kr 44 (4 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Trondheim costs kr 15 (4 days ago)
  • 1 kg of boneless chicken breast in Trondheim costs kr 60 (4 days ago)