Cost of living 2019 in Norway

Hello everyone,

As we usually do each year, we invite you to share your experiences and tell us more about the average prices of products and services in your town/city/area, so that we have updated information regarding cost of living and inflation in Norway.

Thanks to your contribution, future expats in Norway will be more informed and will be able to refine their budget and better prepare for their big move.

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Norway? How about buying an apartment or a house in Norway?

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?

What is your monthly budget for groceries?

How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in Norway?

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?

How much does childcare cost on average per month?

What is your child's schooling budget per month?

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?

How much does a gym membership cost in Norway?

Thank you for sharing your experience.


This is for smaller cities in south east of Norway (Ostfold) all prices in Norwegian kroner NOK/kr:
Rent a room is 4000 and up.
Rent an apartment is 5000 and up for one room and shared bathroom/kitchen, and average 9000 for two-three bedrooms outside city. 10000 and up in city center.
Buying homes or apartments cost at least 1,5 million. A descent house cost 3 million and up.
Taxi is expensive and cost at least 100 to 200kr, sometimes more. Bus is about 30 and 600kr for a month.
Bread cost from 7 to about 40kr.
Monthly budget for groceries is 3000kr for simple budget, 5000 for normal and upwards if you only buy fresh and expensive. One person. About 1,5 times for two persons.
Doctor cost about 200kr. When/if you have spent 2369kr you don't have to pay any more that year.
Health insurances is not really necessary as it's included for every citizen in Norway. If you have an income, "insurance fee" is withdrawn from your salary. For most people it's 8,4% of your salary.
Individual childcare is not usual in Norway. Most kids 0-6 years stay in kindergartens. The cost is normally 2990kr/month.
School is mostly free in Norway. But it's normally a small annual fee for higher education. Books are mostly free up to high school.
Petrol is 15kr/liter. Diesel is normally 1kr less than petrol. It's worth noting that buying and owning a car is very expensive. A new VW Golf is 300 000kr and up to 700 000 for top level Golf. Electric cars is relatively cheaper because of much lower taxes. A Tesla Model D is 600 000 and up. Expencive, but not so much compare to a top level Golf.
Electricity is 500kr for a small apartment and up to 1500 for a home. Gas is not used. Water is included when renting.
Phone subscription is 129kr (1Gb/month) and up. Calling is free in all subscriptions except for prepaid.
Internet connection is 300kr and up. But more and more use only their cell phones for data/internet.
Lunch vary very much. It's depends if you make your lunch yourself or if you buy it on your way to work. A salad with pasta and chicken cost 50-70kr.
Cinema is normally 130kr for adults and 90-110kr for children.
Gym membership is 249 and up, normally around 400kr.

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