Cost of Living in Norway

Cost of Living in Norway

Norway has one of the highest levels of income in the world. However, the cost of living is also significantly higher than in many other places. If you are wondering, how much it would cost for you to actually live there, and how much you could save up while living in Norway, you will probably find the answer in this article. These prices have been taken from an open online source (Numbeo), and can change over time. Use them only for reference, but do not take them as a fact.

Norway city map

For your reference, here are the exchange rates as of today:

1 Euro = 8,50 Norwegian kroner
1 U.S. dollar = 6,20 Norwegian kroner

All prices are in NOK:







Milk (1 litre)

14.65 15.28 14.45 15.00 14.96

Bread (white, 500 g)

24.72 25.32 26.88 25.00 22.50

Cheese (1 kg)

81.06 84.49 85.43 125.00 87.35

Apples (1 kg)

20.75 22.43 23.17 18.50 22.67

Domestic Beer (0.5 litre)

27.65 30.00 26.97 33.00 28.08
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) 94.00 92.50 94.50 120.00 93.00

Being the capital of the country, you would think Oslo is the most expensive city. Yet it turns out that others, like Stavanger or Tromso can be even more expensive to live in. However, the food price levels are generally not that different across the country, and differences can be seen only on specific items.

Transportation & Utilities






One-way ticket (public transport)

30.00 32.00 29.00 42.00 40.00

Monthly pass

630.00 650.00 690.00 680.00 600.00

Gasoline (1 litre)

14.61 15.00 15.07 15.85 14.87

Basic utilities (electricity, heating, water, etc.), 85m2 apartment

1,635.15 1,991.85 1,915.54 1,416.67 2,341.28

Internet (6 Mbps, unlimited)

307.47 339,33 299.50 562.50 299.30

Rent (1 bedroom, city centre)

10,079.96 13,090.00 9,250.00 10,250.00 10,062.50

Rent (3 bedrooms, city centre)

18,575.00 23,987.50 18,375.00 25,000.00 16,142.86

Cinema ticket

110.00 110.00 110.00 110.00 110.00

Furthermore, in terms of housing and transportation, Tromso is the most expensive city to live in. It is in the North of Norway, therefore the distances are longer and the logistics are more difficult, so the prices are higher accordingly. The price levels in other cities are similar, and it is difficult to determine, which of the cities would actually be the most expensive to live in.

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