Cost of living in Norway

Summary of cost of living in Norway

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: kr 56,752
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: kr 29,614
  • Norway is the 4th most expensive country in Western Europe (4 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Norway is more expensive than in 85% of countries in the World (11 out of 65)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district kr 219
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) kr 129
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast kr 79
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk kr 23
12 eggs, large kr 50
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes kr 51
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese kr 66
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 35
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality kr 175
2 liters of coca-cola kr 35
Bread for 2 people for 1 day kr 32
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area kr 23,074
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area kr 17,660
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat kr 2,527
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area kr 15,245
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area kr 11,733
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio kr 1,258
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) kr 471
40” flat screen tv kr 6,735
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) kr 1,327
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) kr 110
Hourly rate for cleaning help kr 336
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) kr 966
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) kr 469
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) kr 1,087
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes kr 1,442
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new kr 427,553
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas kr 22
Monthly ticket public transport kr 799
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) kr 91
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) kr 107
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) kr 658
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) kr 53
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) kr 37
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) kr 57
4 rolls of toilet paper kr 35
Tube of toothpaste kr 27
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city kr 481
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub kr 785
2 tickets to the movies kr 321
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) kr 584
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert kr 1,043
1 cocktail drink in downtown club kr 160
Cappuccino in expat area of the city kr 49
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) kr 105
Ipad wi-fi 128gb kr 5,704
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) kr 0.94
1 month of gym membership in business district kr 499
1 package of marlboro cigarettes kr 154

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:
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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 151
2nd Trondheim 140
3rd Kristiansand 117

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

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  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Oslo costs kr 500 (7 days ago)

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