Cost of Living in Oslo

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 100.77
Rent Index: 45.55
Groceries Index: 87.29
Restaurants Index: 119.32
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 74.56
Local Purchasing Power: 118.97
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 160.00 kr 150.00-200.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 800.00 kr 600.00-1,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 100.00 kr 90.00-120.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 80.00 kr 70.00-88.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 75.00 kr 50.00-90.00
Cappuccino (regular) 37.49 kr 34.00-40.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 28.79 kr 20.00-40.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 25.11 kr 20.00-34.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 63.34 kr 56.78-75.71
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 23.95 kr 15.33-30.84
Rice (white), (1 lb) 12.28 kr 9.07-18.14
Eggs (12) 32.20 kr 25.00-40.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 39.03 kr 31.75-45.36
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 45.89 kr 36.29-58.97
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 77.56 kr 58.51-113.40
Apples (1 lb) 9.39 kr 7.26-11.34
Banana (1 lb) 7.87 kr 4.54-9.98
Oranges (1 lb) 9.11 kr 6.88-11.79
Tomato (1 lb) 10.81 kr 9.07-13.61
Potato (1 lb) 7.77 kr 4.54-11.34
Onion (1 lb) 6.30 kr 4.08-9.07
Lettuce (1 head) 14.18 kr 10.00-18.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 19.84 kr 15.00-25.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 130.00 kr 110.00-150.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 26.89 kr 24.90-30.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 32.73 kr 25.00-40.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 105.00 kr 95.00-115.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 30.00 kr 30.00-32.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 680.00 kr 670.00-690.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 100.00 kr 60.00-120.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 22.53 kr 20.92-25.75
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 480.00 kr 390.00-600.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 53.45 kr 49.21-56.78
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 262,600.00 kr 240,000.00-304,300.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,587.39 kr 800.00-2,635.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.79 kr 0.49-1.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 326.75 kr 250.00-400.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 421.85 kr 300.00-600.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 219.31 kr 120.00-335.91
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 120.00 kr 110.00-150.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 878.47 kr 700.00-1,100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 366.42 kr 250.00-500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 946.41 kr 742.94-1,200.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,122.14 kr 900.00-1,500.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 11,229.50 kr 9,000.00-13,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 8,512.67 kr 7,000.00-10,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 18,387.50 kr 15,000.00-22,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 14,164.81 kr 12,000.00-16,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 5,605.88 kr 5,109.62-6,503.16
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 3,771.41 kr 3,251.58-4,645.11
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 26,763.72 kr 22,000.00-31,380.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.51 2.10-3.00

Prices in Oslo, Norway

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Last update: May, 2016
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Cost of living in Oslo is 0.77% higher than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 1,087.99$ (8,997.80kr) and for four person family at 3,933.29$ (32,528.69kr) (without rent).
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53 Comments so far
#Arunkumar on Apr 30, 2016 :
I am planning to come visit Norway, Can any one tell me how much expense will come for one month, without room rent and it is possible search job in English speakers category?.
#Dan on Apr 15, 2016 :
Been living in Norway for almost 5 years. Moved here for job from France where I finished my degree.

Have to say, Norway is a very interesting country. In a lot of us foreigners' opinion, Oslo is the only "city" in Norway where foreigners could easily settle down, well, relatively easy.

Oslo has its charm for sure. It's not too crowded, quite organized, has a small city center but still quite close to nature (it takes only 30 minutes to get to the forest and mountains by metro). You can also find most things you'd need for spare-time pleasure, though the variety is quite narrow due to the small population. And of course, everything is freaking expensive here.

Average wage in Norway is higher than most of the world. But do keep in mind that, while working as a waiter, bartender or cashier pays like twice as much than in States etc., higher end jobs aren't that well paid at all. This is a very flat society, where "equality" is highly promoted. On the positive side, people are usually not that stressed at work in Norway. In their saying, we always "tar det med ro" (take it easy.) It's quite cosy.

Norwegians are fluent in English, so living here speaking EN is no problem at all. However if you wanna enter the job market here, it's very recommended to learn their language, unless you are extremely skilled in high tech domains.

BTW for many of us, the long dark icy winter is very depressing.

So you see, it's really up to each one's standard. If you like the big city life style, Norway is definitely not the place for you. Otherwise you would fairly enjoy the countryside cosy life here.
#Alessandro on Mar 17, 2016 :
I recently moved to Olso for work.
Anyone could tell how much is the average of electric bill? Maybe with heating too.
#Hoa on Feb 25, 2016 :
Please give me advice!
I have chance to study master degree in Oslo this August. I am wondering that if I live really economically (as economically as possible), how much does it take for a month? Where should I live (dormitory, home-stay, shared room with someone…) so as to minimize the cost? I can speak English only, which part-time jobs are suitable for me to cover that amount of money?
Thank you so much!
#Sam on Jan 17, 2016 :
Hello Raj in Bangladesh. I live in Norway on the west coast. To live off of 1600 Euro per month, is possible if you are staying outside the capital or Bergen, where are rents are very expensive and could easily eat out 800 Euro. So whether you are planning on saving 1000 Euro? More possible would be a 500 Euro if you live economically, do not eat out, do not have a car etc. Even on the countryside where rents are more expensive. Not to mention in Oslo there sending back money from 1600 Euro would be impossible if you ask me. Try to lower your expectations a little bit, and you will enjoy. Thank you.
#Fredrik L on Jan 17, 2016 :
I am from Sweden and have been travelling in Norway for 20 years, mainly in my job.
Norway is a very nice tourist country with lots of space and beautiful nature. But you need to bring all the food you need with you. Cottages and hotels in Norway are actually not too expensive. To look at things doesn't cost anything, but everything else...

Norway is a ridiculosly expensive country with quite poor standard on most things. All that is neccessary for life is very costy such as food, housing, cars. And the worst, everything that is fun is either super expensive or regulated so much so its killed, such as: cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, alcohol, tobacco. A 33 cl can of beer in the liqour store costs € 3.50. In Sweden it costs € 1.00. There are more examples. But Norway compared to Sweden is like day and night when it comes to living. Sweden is like a paradise compared to Norway. Just the thing that a new car is half the price in Sweden compared to Norway.
Stay out of Norway unless you are very rich and can enjoy life without any extravagansas.
#Raj on Dec 05, 2015 :
I am Raj from Bangladesh,i get a opportunity to go Norway for study.I want to earn minimum 1600 Euro per month with part time it possible?After earn 1600 Euro i want to sent 1000 Euro per month to my it possible for me?other wide i have to cancel my opportunity.Please advice :)
#IT Engineer on Nov 03, 2015 :
last comment came out wrong, meant: Bankers definitely earn a lot more in London, high-end IT people a bit more, low-end IT people less, burger flippers a lot less (in London compared to Oslo).
#IT Engineer on Nov 03, 2015 :
Wages are more even than other places. Compared to maybe London, I would guess that low-pay occupations earn maybe 3 times more, while typically highly paid occupations pay less. Bankers definitely earn a lot more in London, high-end IT people less, low-end IT people more, burger flippers a lot more.
#dzhuliko-bandito on Oct 24, 2015 :
Average salary in Oslo is 6200 USD per in month (after tax)
#Gaauu on Oct 16, 2015 :
Norway is a fucking shit hole overrated country the cunning take away everything the ignorant get jobless and spiral down
Nobody should come here
##Nosh on Sep 27, 2015 :
Hey can any one tell me which city in norway is cheap and have job opportunities for international students?
#tasnim hossain odhora on Mar 09, 2015 :
hey i am odhora .. i am from bangladesh .. i want to admit in university at oslo .. so i want to know ... how much money i need to go and study there for per month
#Mark on Mar 05, 2015 :
The list is quite accurate. It is quite tricky to find a job in Norway if you do not speak Norwegian, unless you are a great programmer, or have a very specific skill.

Norwegians speak pretty good English but your chances of getting a job in Norway will be limited if you do not know their language fluently.
#Anonymous on Mar 05, 2015 :
Hi , i am from Nepal . I want to be there for my masters in Oslo, that is what i am planning to be there. How expensive is Oslo for normal life . Do students are eligible for full time job (for masters student). How much do asingle student can earn minimum of wage per hour. I am planning to bringmy wife with me is it possible? Do myspouse get right to work for full time ?
#Marte on Nov 15, 2014 :
I'm Norwegian, living in Oslo with an average income. I think the prizes are fairly accurate. The rent is more expensive due to pressure on renting accommodation in the city center. There are cheaper gym options (200 NOK a month). You can make good deals on transport, food and entertainment if you pay attention (campaigns on cheap flights, train-tickets, food, movies etc.). Studens have their own government-sponsored housing system. Most students have part time jobs. Well paid in the service sector due to extra tips. Many restaurants/bars accept english speaking workers. There are different minimum wages in different sectors (110-150 NOKs). Be aware that you are entitled to several benefits connected to your work that you might not be informed of: Ex. overtime pay, weekend pay, night time pay, payed vaccation, glasses, gym (depends). Many employers also provides some health services, insurences etc.
If drinking alcohol in bars and restaurant is important for you, Oslo is not a good place to stay. Three beers and a bottle of cheap wine in a mid-range restaurant two times a week is (70*3+360*2*4w) 4560 NOK in one month (540 Euro). If you love sports, nature, no queueing, organized systems and winter, Oslo is wonderful!
#beata on Nov 05, 2014 :
Hello everyone, im polish woman, i have pedagogy Master degree and actually im loocking for work in norway. No matter which kind of work, im read even to work physical work like or somthing like that.
My familly financing situation is littel hard thats why i take that Kind of décision. Please any help and Thanks in advance.
#Ramesh Pokhrel on Sep 09, 2014 :
Hi , i am from Nepal . I want to be there for my masters in Oslo, that is what i am planning to be there. How expensive is Oslo for normal life . Do students are eligible for full time job (for masters student). How much do a single student can earn minimum of wage per hour. I am planning to bring my wife with me is it possible? Do my spouse get right to work for full time ?
#Callme on Aug 14, 2014 :
Total cost of healthcare in Norway are 341 USD(includes medicine, doctors consultation, hospitals etc), anything above that will be paid by the gouvernment.
Public schools have no tuition fee, and its common to achieve scholarship
#Anonymous on Jul 31, 2014 :
I could not see the the school fee, if that also included that would be helpful
and also the medical expenses thank you
#Callme on Jul 11, 2014 :
I work at a call centre and I earn 185NOK(30USD) before tax, net salary(27% tax) is 135NOK(22USD)
Gasoline(95 unleaded)prices are today 16NOK/litre
And no beer are sold in stores at sunday, after 18:00 saturday or after 20:00 weekdays
#Barry on Apr 22, 2014 :
Ahem I take home 55,397 NOK a month
#Aurinko on Mar 11, 2014 :
Typos (or actually I dont know what was I thinking) -

In post -->
a good 1 bhk place in city and still save some movie ?

Actually Meant -->
a good 1 bhk place in city and still save some money ?

#Aurinko on Mar 11, 2014 :
Hello ,
My husband has got an opportunity to work in Norway, Oslo for atleast 1 year as of now. We both have worked around sweden and Finland earlier but just for few months. We both are pretty excited to move their as we find the work culture very professional and the place very pretty. :)

My worry is about the taxes and living expenditure. As i understand from their tax table (Super Complex) he would approx get 34K nok per month after taxes (yearly sal without tax is 604 000 NOK).

Is it sufficient for both of us to have some fun (may be a bit of travel in europe, some movies around :) ), a good 1 bhk place in city and still save some movie ?

Please note as of now I do not have any job offer there. I will try to get. I am a software engineer with some 4.5 years of experience in IT. Lets see.

Hoping to hear from you guys !

Thanks !!
#singh on Mar 02, 2014 :
i am american need informtion about trucking
#Daniel O'Byrne on Jan 21, 2014 :
lmao trying to compare Slovakia to Norway !!! It sound like you would be happier going back to the Communist era when the Soviet Union kept all the wealth and people remained ignorant and exploited - and any culture and quality of life was stripped away in favour of industrialization and meaningless slavery.
#Sarah on Dec 25, 2013 :
What can I bring to Norway to help subsidize my trip ? Think I could trade a new pair over Jeans
for 1 night hotel/hostel/room ? Camera SD memory cards ? Lingerie ? any ideas ? want to spend a month there. thanks
#Norsk on Dec 06, 2013 :
To those who say everything is more expensive: Can you be more specific? I live in Oslo, go to restaurants, shop at supermarkets and would say that prices are fairly accurate.
#Prices on Dec 01, 2013 :
These prices are too cheap. It's expencier.
#Regis Xavier on Nov 21, 2013 :
i wanna know about the salaries in norway.
#hoh on Nov 20, 2013 :
@Hasse - I think you don't live in Norway pal. The milk (qmelk normal fat) is 14kr and Hel is 15kr. From where did you get that 18 ? Or in Trondheim you pay for the bottle :)))
#Hasse on Nov 18, 2013 :
Are you all drunk? I have workt in Norway since 1992 and lived inTrondheim and Oslo all the time. There is not 1 price that is correct here. The rent in Oslo is around 200 nok / sq.m and month. 1 liter of milk cost 18 nok a liter, 1 kilo of cheap meet cost around 180 nok. Biff cost 230 nok a kilo. Sallerys goes down at the moment coz it starts to be less jobs and its almost inposseble to find a place to live in. I start to wonder if this people even have been in norway?
#Norsk on Oct 30, 2013 :
@Non-Norwegian: I am also an experienced IT professional at a major company and make 48,000 NOK per month after tax. I am very far from top management and see younger colleagues taking home salaries not that far from mine.
#Thimothy Chandana on Oct 19, 2013 :
#HW Thanq... what about the house rents in Norway?? For students??
#Scepticus on Oct 17, 2013 :
I have to to give credit to #Someguy. I am too a slovak citizen, working in IT. Norway is a haven of prosperity in Europe, that is a simple fact, everyone knows why. Slovakia, once part of Czechoslovakia was an industrialized country with major heavy industry, steel production, chemical and pharmaceutical industries and socialistic welfare system. Yes people where somewhat "poorer" then those in western capitalistic countries, but we enjoyed completly free of charge healthcare at a very high level (specialists from our country are still demanded in countries that actually started to built their "super" welfare states based primarely on resource abundance e.g. UAE), free of charge higher education including universities in such cities like Prague, 0 % rate unemployemnt, as being unemployed was actually a major criminal offence, well everything had its cons of course, but in comparison with contemporary status quo it seems like farcry fantasy. After declaring the independence from Czechoslovakia (which was done by the biggest plague of all time AKA politicians, who did it primarely for self gain and benefits of "privatisation" of national multibillion (enumarated in dollars) industries, more preciesly laballed "theft of the centrury" the country is going into one big black hole. EU policy doesn't help at all, in fact it destroys whatever remained from the once prosperous, more importantly self-sufficient agriculture, completly self sustained food producion and world wide known industries. The point I am about to make is, that we do IN FACT have similiar price range in many aspects of comparison with such prosperous and highly developed country as Norway, which is completly ludacris. Actual unemployment rate in slovakia is officially enumerated as being slightly abouve 16%, which is a true "number magic", because the actual rate is closer to above 20%, more than 400 000 thousand people from slovakia work abroad, primarely in UK, Ireland, Austria and Germany, except EU Switzerland is one of the primary countries, many people also emigrated to USA. The quantity of work emigrants to scandinavia is also not negligable. Wages (if you have any employment that is and I am seriouslly not being sarcastic) are using median statistic method somewhere between 400-500 € netto (after taxation). The greatest tragedy is, that there are a BUNCH of people working for a minimal wage whichs is currently cca 300 € after taxation, still there are considerable quantity of "neophyte" neo capitalists that made considerable amounts of money, like every post socialistic developing country we do have dollar-euro-pound bilionairs, as privatisation was "legit" as it should have been. Seems ridiculous, but politicians as they are not highly regarded in practicly any corner of the world, should take a GREAT example from scandinavia, because the status quo being as I stated above, there are common local politics salaries around 3000€ netto, which doesnt seem that much in comparison with median in Norway, but you have to take into consideration those previously stated wages of "common" people, again workinf for roughly 500 if so, which composes the absolute majority of job wages in Slovakia (way above 75% of all who have any income) so the biggest tragedy is the income interval between the "working class" citizen and politicians, exluding highly paid professional sportsmen, enterpreneurs and top managers. Try to google search price ranges of real estates in Bratislava (slovak capitol), ridiculously higher then Prague, Budapest, being at the comparable level of Wien. Living in Scandinavia is a world tantamaunt of welfare and political correctness (of course nothing is ideal, but comparing it to political marasmus of a central european country, member state of EU and OECD wchich slovakia actually is comes with a very bittersweet grin on ones face. Thanks for reading. :)
#HW on Sep 26, 2013 :
#Thimothy chandana on Sep 08, 2013 :
Can anyone tell me what would be the avg wages(in euros) in norway? and would it be sufficient to face the living expenses there?? and how could students exist?? will there be any part-time jobs for students?? and what will be the pay based on hours?? anyone please tell me..

avg wage is about 20k - 30k nok a month. it is ok generally to survive. student usually gets goverment loan to study. yes there is part time jobs for students. part time based on hours is about 100-150nok per hr
#han wee on Sep 26, 2013 :
the price is pretty accurate i will say
#Non-norwegian on Sep 17, 2013 :
Who the heck makes $7000 in Oslo after tax? That is roughly 42,000 NOK. I am an experienced IT professional at a major company, and I don't know anyone other than top management that get's 42,000 NOK into their bank account every month.
#Thimothy chandana on Sep 08, 2013 :
Can anyone tell me what would be the avg wages(in euros) in norway? and would it be sufficient to face the living expenses there?? and how could students exist?? will there be any part-time jobs for students?? and what will be the pay based on hours?? anyone please tell me..
#Someguy on Aug 26, 2013 :
This is absurd...the prices are almost the same as here in slovakia...the slovakian numbeo is somewhat, well alot misleading. In norway milk costs about 1,5 euro? Here in slovakia, drinkable milk costs 1 to 2 euro, there are "milks" for 50 cents or less, but they are just couloured water. ve got to be kidding me. In centre, Oslo, 1200 euro per month??? Here in fugly small Bratislava you have to pay about 1100-2000 and even 5000 euro to have rented appartment, in craphole Bratislava...this is outrageous. But yes alcohol here is so dang cheap, for 5 euro here, you can buy 1l vodka, for 8 euro 1,5l vodka. For 0,80 euro you have 0,5l beer...but the wages are what are absurd...2800 euro after taxation!!!!!!!!!!! After taxation. Dont believe the median wage of Slovakia, its bullcrap. Here people make 400 euro per month average, after taxation. If you have 800 euro per month, you are upper class citizen, you are waaaay above average and if you make 1000 euro plus, you are considered rich. For average family, after taxation, after paying rent, after paying everything you have about 300 euro for food...its that pathetic. You should be lucky where you live...
#Snapper on Aug 20, 2013 :
#Gee - that cost is per square meter...
#Gee on Aug 05, 2013 :
I am wrong or one could buy a new apartment in town after saving 15 months of rent?! If so, either everyone there has their own place or because they are stack paying rent, tehy won´t never have it. (?!)
#Venkh on Jul 27, 2013 :
The average salary in Norway in the $ 45 per hour ... $ 7900 per month
Net after-tax income of $ 5200
#Ali Hassan on Jul 10, 2013 :
Hi All,
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#norwegian on Jun 17, 2013 :
The median monthly salary after taxes (for all income groups) is closer to $7000 than 4000 in Norway.
#rita on Apr 01, 2013 :
the Rent Per Month miss a very important thing and that is "own room in a shared apartment". If you are the type who is willing to share kitchen and bathroom you can find a room in the centrum of oslo for as low as 5000 kr all inclusive. Otherwise if anyone doesnt agree on prices click on the top 'Do you live in Oslo? We need your help: Add data for Oslo! ' and fill out everything with your opinion. I myself find it quite ok how prices are described here.
#Nerd on Mar 25, 2013 :

Yes, very expensive. I had to find a job making 1.6 million crowns a year to live at the same level I would in Florida on $100000 a year. This includes never knowing what is in the bank, traveling because I'm bored and living in a 3 bedroom town house. Oh and eating out all the time.
#dmitry on Mar 06, 2013 :
wages are not impressing, especially taking into account norway`s "good" climate
#Aussie on Feb 01, 2013 :
Is that really the average monthly wage after tax? It seems quite generous
#Janos on Jan 30, 2013 :
I agree with anonymous... everithing is more expensive
#Anonymous on Oct 14, 2012 :
this is too cheap. everything is more expensive!
#bayejid on Aug 13, 2012 :
very costy city oslo
#Asta Ghee on Jul 01, 2012 :
A very useful and interesting site. Maybe a bit too difficult to locate so more links would help

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