Cost of Living in Oslo

Summary about cost of living in Oslo, Norway:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 180.00 kr 140.00-250.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 900.00 kr 700.00-1,400.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 109.50 kr 95.00-120.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 90.00 kr 70.00-110.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 90.00 kr 75.00-100.00
Cappuccino (regular) 42.88 kr 35.00-55.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 31.54 kr 23.00-48.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 27.63 kr 22.00-40.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 70.04 kr 56.78-83.28
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 27.46 kr 8.16-49.90
Rice (white), (1 lb) 12.74 kr 5.44-19.96
Eggs (regular) (12) 38.62 kr 22.80-56.40
Local Cheese (1 lb) 51.57 kr 36.29-90.72
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 56.32 kr 31.75-73.48
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 127.54 kr 72.57-178.72
Apples (1 lb) 12.79 kr 5.44-18.14
Banana (1 lb) 9.66 kr 6.35-13.61
Oranges (1 lb) 13.05 kr 5.44-18.14
Tomato (1 lb) 14.65 kr 9.07-19.87
Potato (1 lb) 8.69 kr 4.08-13.61
Onion (1 lb) 9.54 kr 4.64-14.51
Lettuce (1 head) 21.84 kr 15.00-35.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 18.70 kr 7.00-34.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 150.00 kr 120.00-250.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 32.58 kr 25.00-50.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 40.33 kr 27.00-60.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 135.00 kr 120.00-150.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 37.00 kr 37.00-39.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 770.00 kr 750.00-800.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 100.00 kr 65.00-150.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 22.53 kr 22.21-33.80
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 446.10 kr 430.00-700.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 58.45 kr 53.00-64.35
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 350,000.00 kr 305,000.00-400,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 338,179.99 kr 309,000.00-399,900.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,254.77 kr 800.00-2,550.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.96 kr 0.39-2.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 447.27 kr 299.00-800.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 433.17 kr 299.00-600.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 282.50 kr 200.00-400.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 140.00 kr 120.00-180.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,200.23 kr 2,800.00-3,800.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 137,500.00 kr 60,000.00-200,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 905.58 kr 600.00-1,200.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 386.60 kr 200.00-1,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,023.00 kr 600.00-1,200.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,315.62 kr 850.00-2,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 12,861.45 kr 11,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 10,009.14 kr 9,000.00-13,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 20,217.92 kr 17,000.00-25,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 15,649.31 kr 12,000.00-20,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 7,999.71 kr 6,503.16-9,290.23
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 5,063.20 kr 3,716.09-6,967.67
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 33,059.45 kr
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.73 1.65-3.80

Prices in Oslo

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Last update: February 2021
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11 Comments so far
Wesley on Sep 19, 2020:
The one way ticket for a bus is $.75 in Lubbock.
Lucy Blake on Aug 04, 2020:
@johnny... in which dimension you live ??
A hot dog in the gas station is like 59 NOK
Any meal in a asian restaurant.. the crappiest thai or viet dish cost you at least 175 - 200NOK

For more refined asian like japanese or korean the price goes up to 300nok not including a drink

Meal in a Norwegian restaurant is 300-500 for a main entree
Jonny on Jul 27, 2020:
Info is not correct!!!

Domestic beer 0,5 liter can be as cheap as 22 NOK if you buy the cheap brands; Seidel/Pokal/Bare øl. Other brands like Ringnes and Aass costs about 26 NOK.

You can get a meal in a cheap restaurant for 100 NOK or less:

Kebab = 60-80 NOK

Meal in asian restaurant = 80-160 NOK

McDonald's cheeseburger = 12 NOK (takeaway)

Meal in norwegian restaurant = 100-200 NOK, 125-160 is normal price.

Rent in city center can be much cheaper than 12.000 per month. 8000-10.000 is more normal.
Jonny on Jul 27, 2020:
Some INFO is not correct!!!

You can get a meal in a cheap restaurant for 100 NOK or less:

Kebab = 60-80 NOK

Meal in asian restaurant = 80-160 NOK

McDonald's cheeseburger = 12 NOK (takeaway)

Meal norwegian restaurant = 100-200 NOK
Anonymous on May 22, 2020:
i saw the comments and want to mention one important rule of norway

if you are a foreigner and not protected by norwegian law like local norwegian citizen dont think that local behaves you equally. when they learn that you are a foreigner and not judged by norwegian laws they are doing everything they can to not to pay you or get everything they can. for example you will probably not get your salaries or full salaries or when you rent someplace at oslo landlord will probably charge you extra for everything you are not responsible of. norway is not a multi national place and people not behaving you as international standarts. before going there be sure that you have all the legal rights and enough income to live properly. my old norwegian boss did noy pay my salaries and when i go to the lawyer he/she asked 3000NOK per hour for every hour he/she worked for me without expenses and because of foreigner status maybe i have %50 chance to win the case.

so be sure that you have all the elements for norway.
Anonymous on Apr 11, 2020:
The Norwegian taxes are pretty decent "Norway has a corporate tax rate of 24%. Companies that operate under VAT have to pay tax on purchases at 25%. Certain services, like those related to foodstuffs and beverages, benefit from a 15% VAT rate." source:
NN on Oct 11, 2019:
Dutsch just wrote a bunch of nonsense. Probably a typical right wing moron, who wants do destroy environment, would like to pay his employees ridiculously low wages, and doesn't care about his surroundings.
Dutsch on Jul 22, 2019:
Im With you coment # Fredrik and # Gaauu. It is ☀️Difficult to make money in Norway. Ridiculous prices en salary to is 3000 euro in the month. Country in the winter time 7 months is only dark and depressing. City’s er grey en depressed not living country. Rules from government er making not for people to have fun and to live I life, everything is very expensive wat you wants to buy or live here. If you want nature just come to Norway, maybe you survive the Tripp.
Anonymous on Jun 11, 2017:
For mere economic migrants Norway isn't the best choice since difference between social classes is low and so even savings.

Is a country with a great quality of life and good for unskilled jobs since they're not paid extremely low
Beverly on Mar 16, 2017:
I'm older retired and would like to live in either Oslo or Gjovik for the summer. (June to September/October) I have friends in Gjovik. I need to rent something for the time there. Also, need to bring my dog. Is it possible to do under $2200/per month?
Merrick Bourke on Mar 03, 2017:
I'm South African and been living in Norway for under 2 years.

If you are planning on coming to Norway without any job prospects with the hope of finding something worth while here and are unable to speak Norwegian or do not have a relevant masters degree then you best stay away.

It is very difficult to get established here, the beurocracy is unbelievable! It is near impossible to find work unless you have a valid working permit. If you don't have one you need to apply for jobs in the hope that you are so exceptional that your prospective employer will be willing to go through all the steps of acquiring a working visa for you.

If you are coming here for love, make sure you have documentation for absolutely everything because you will need to prove the validity of your relationship. And it will take plenty time, effort and a considerable amount of paperwork.

Norway is not an easy place to meet people or make friends, people are generally very conservative and keep to themselves. Upon first impressions the locals may even come across as rude, having said that though when you break through the initial barrier people are very genuine and you will make solid lasting friendships.

As far as money goes, if you are coming here from a "less privileged country" and relying on your savings to get you through until you land a job I would strongly advise you to reconsider, due to the extreme cost of living your savings will be exhausted in no time at all even if you live on a very strict budget.

Temporary accommodation in the form of backpackers or hostels is not available or completely exorbitant. The cheapest form of accommodation would be to check on couch surfing or air bnb.

Many people think that Norway is a fantastic destination to come to in order to make some big, quick money. This is not the case, the job market is completely flooded even for educated individuals. If you do land a job with a relatively decent salary, don't be folded by the big numbers after tax has been deducted (which may be your own personal responsibility to do depending on the organization you work for) the cost of living will drain your salary very quickly.

All in all Norway is a beautiful country rich in culture with fantastic nature and great opportunities to explore a somewhat untouched wilderness.

Planking a trip to Norway requires considerable planning and care when calculating expenses.

I am now settled and progressing nicely with the Norwegian language and employed in a full time job. I don't however have a massive salary or financial freedom but am able to live a very comfortable life with the odd indulgence of pub beers, eating out and weekend trips.