Cost of Living in Oslo

Summary about cost of living in Oslo:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 200.00 kr 130.00-249.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 800.00 kr 600.00-1,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 110.00 kr 91.60-120.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 86.50 kr 80.00-95.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 90.00 kr 60.00-105.00
Cappuccino (regular) 41.88 kr 35.00-45.80
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 29.00 kr 20.00-45.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 23.19 kr 18.00-32.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 68.69 kr 60.57-75.71
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 26.29 kr 18.14-34.02
Rice (white), (1 lb) 10.94 kr 6.80-15.88
Eggs (regular) (12) 37.39 kr 27.00-45.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 46.80 kr 40.78-68.04
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 56.20 kr 38.56-72.57
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 117.11 kr 86.18-149.69
Apples (1 lb) 11.34 kr 8.62-15.42
Banana (1 lb) 9.89 kr 7.26-12.66
Oranges (1 lb) 10.37 kr 6.80-13.61
Tomato (1 lb) 13.98 kr 11.34-18.14
Potato (1 lb) 8.56 kr 6.80-13.15
Onion (1 lb) 7.61 kr 5.44-11.34
Lettuce (1 head) 19.33 kr 15.00-25.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 18.67 kr 12.00-30.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 130.00 kr 110.00-150.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 29.81 kr 25.90-35.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 35.10 kr 27.00-42.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 117.00 kr 105.00-123.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 36.00 kr 35.00-36.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 750.00 kr 750.00-750.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 87.50 kr 60.00-130.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 22.53 kr 22.21-28.97
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 430.20 kr 367.00-500.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 60.63 kr 56.78-64.35
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 317,150.00 kr 300,000.00-350,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 304,420.00 kr 250,000.00-387,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,633.26 kr 850.00-2,833.33
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.80 kr 0.20-1.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 443.49 kr 300.00-600.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 399.38 kr 299.00-550.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 295.19 kr 150.00-500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 140.00 kr 120.00-160.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,144.13 kr 2,500.00-3,560.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 99,955.82 kr 30,000.00-209,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 855.19 kr 500.00-1,100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 362.36 kr 200.00-500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 920.94 kr 600.00-1,200.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,257.60 kr 800.00-1,800.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 12,284.75 kr 9,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 9,776.60 kr 7,000.00-12,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 20,575.00 kr 16,000.00-25,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 15,671.05 kr 12,000.00-20,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 7,368.39 kr 6,131.55-9,290.23
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 5,120.95 kr 3,716.09-6,503.16
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 29,385.40 kr
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.77 2.00-3.50

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Last update: October 2019
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23 Comments so far

#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.
#Shahab on Dec 22, 2016 :
I am planning to open a kitchen in Norway. any suggestions about this kind of business? which city is the best for the minimum costs of the startup ?how much should I expect to bring in with me?
#Rebecca on Dec 01, 2016 :
Am planning on going there by 2017, i need to know the cheapest place in norway
Am going there to study
And i also want to work there
Will learn their language tho
Do i have hope of getting a well paid job?
#Peter on Oct 08, 2016 :
So is it hard for a student to work part time and study in Norway since in what im thinking if i work 3 days per week for the aloud amount of 9 hours thats 108 hours and if i get 20euro per hour that makes 2180 euro which i think is fine but most of the people here are saying that a student cant fund himself with a part time job and why is that? Im studying the language atm so il be atleast level b2 by the time i go to Norway and the city im going to is Steinkjer
#Kari Elvina Dale on Oct 04, 2016 :
Wow and more Wow. Any Men need to move to Hawaii. Your cold and you need to make real money. E mail me in English. Kari
#Evelyn Barnett on Sep 27, 2016 :
Very interesting I am a nurse and counsellor so would be looking for employment. Is there a limit on age employment in Norway ?
I have been to Norway but it was a long time ago in the 70's.
It is a shame that drug related problems are on the increase in 2016


Can foreigners buy in Norway? How long can one remain in Norway before applying for permanent status?
#Håkon on Jun 19, 2016 :
A 2016-ish update to any people wishing to live in Norway, if you're here for a job you already know you have things are different. This is a "as-it-is" type of description of living in the cities if coming here with your luggage and expect to settle down. Unless you're a refugee then things are pretty much up to chance, your background and valid official documents.

1st. Don't expect to get any decent job if you can't speak the language at all, expect to be left alone and rarely approached. Nobody likes to hire a person who can't speak Norwegian, and even less if your English is poor, some are as harsh as if your English is quite broken you can't expect much in the line of legal serious work. Some are more forgiving to European languages than say Arabic or other obscure foreign languages.

2nd. Remember things here are very expensive, its not possible to get by with monthly salaries from most European countries. If you want to move here you should have a large start capital to get you started. All depends on your situation, even renting which in Oslo will cost you anywhere from 7000-18000 kroner. You will see lower prices outside cities, but then other costs will start to increase as well. So it is often not very different.

3rd. So, if you've now got a place to live, expect to pay upwards to 2300 kroner (probably more too) each month for expenses (electricity, heating, water etc.) somewhere it can be included in the rent, but then the rent is naturally higher.
Internet, mobile monthly fees and transportation IF you live in the city will total out at 1200 kr. and that is by choosing the cheapest alternatives. The further from the city the transportation fees basically double. My own personal cost of these things are: internet 449 + mobile 329 + transport 1758 @ 2536kr.
Want to get a car? expect to feel robbed of your money daily. most cars are diesel and diesel prices fluctuate, but from 10-14kr per L. Buying a car is gonna make you cry. A new cheap pretty poor car will set you back 160.000 and with monthly fuel @ 14kr = 1120 if you refuel twice per month. Maintenance is a rape in your wallet, from 2600- 8000 or more for bigger services which can set you back 10000 or more.

4th. Food, is a difficult thing, highly depends on several factors, type of lifestyles and if you live in a city or not. But if you live in the city a normal budget would set you back at least from 2500-7000kr. depending on you I guess.

5th. If you want to go outside and do anything it can be for free, there are lots of nature to take in everywhere. The country is basically a huge forest with lots of mountains, with cities here and there.
If you want to go to the cinema price per movie is this year 105-115kr. could fill out this part with lots of things and numbers, but its up to you. Gym membership can go from 199-599kr a month.

Worst case scenario with the numbers shown here per month you need ( with loans and stuff on your car etc.):30k-35k (possibly more) kroner. And that is without buying clothing.

A more normal figure with rent, loan, car, gym, food and monthly salary you'd end up at: 21000 kroner monthly in expenses. And you'd have about 5000-7000 kroner left. This with the normal / average Norwegian monthly salary. And this is a really dull life without any activities except the gym membership. So those 5000 you better save so you can afford the odd dentist visit, and that car maintenance. Yet we Norwegians both love our country and we seem to complain about absolutely everything! We love going to cheap countries during our summer vacation so we can live a little easier, and cheaper while obviously enjoying the sun and warmth!

6th. Its a small country and it shows, meaning that if you're used to people around you at all times of the day, you'll be surprised when you come here, with a country that is as long as the distance between well Oslo and Rome, you're gonna feel small in this country which got a population of 5,2 million. And if you're a night person like me, you'd feel like you were alone in the city sometimes, you won't see a damn soul, only taxis, freight trucks and the odd car every now and then, and that is in the capital area.

7th. Final entry. The weather can be hostile all year around. The winters are usually the most sunny and overall clearest days, but also sport temperatures between +3 and -40C depending on where you are! The summers are usually very short and rainy, but can certainly be pleasant too, with temperatures peaking 30C south in the country. If living on the west coast of Norway expect it to rain more than once a week all year around. Of course it can be sunny and nice there as well.

This might come across as a little hostile, but this is how it is, with nothing held back. At least nothing important cost-wise. Culturally is a whole other thing though... So hopefully you can enjoy this country somehow! Its got some of the greatest nature in the world, while not a huge difference in climate zones like in New Zealand, I'm sure you can find lots of beautiful stuff to write home about!


This addition if you're a student wishing to come and study and live here for an entire school year.

Cost of accommodation should be discussed with the University or University College you apply to, (prices vary insanely to my knowledge) if you need to go on the private market in Oslo, you're basically gonna need from 3500-5500 kroner a month for that alone. You will 9/10 times NEVER get a job here, unless you can speak the language like I wrote in my other post above. There are no such thing as a English speaking job market here. An educated job will often bring with qualifications in another language, in addition to Norwegian. So a job is basically a big NO here in Norway unless you plan on going into some sort of construction then it could open up stuff. You might get lucky though some restaurants might hire you to do the cleaning, but the pay might be ridiculously low, you won't get the normal tariffs even though its the law. Basically nobody (the government) cares about those places, even though they "care". If you get my drift. ;)

Else many things are similar to my post above with prices, and the sites list of cost per item is an average list, which is basically 90% true.
#Jiang Jiang on Jun 17, 2016 :
Alessandro, electricity bill highly depends on seasons and your place's energy rating (usually from A to G, you see that when buying a place at

For a 46 sqm apartment situated in a D rating building (relatively new, built 10 years), paying 300,- kr monthly in the summer and 600,- kr in winter is not usual. But somewhere not insulated that well could easily get you near 2000,- kr in harsh winter months (fortunately that usually lasts for less than one month in recent winters).
#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