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Norway, All Areas

Norway, All Areas

Cost of living in Norway, prices and what it is like to live for an Expat, quality of life / hardship, and compare cost of living for Expatriates as at July 2023.

What is it like to live in Norway?

Climate: The climate is temperate along the coast, modified by the North Atlantic current, colder in the interior with increased precipitation and colder summers, and rain all year round on the west coast.

Language: The official language is Norwegian. It has two forms: Bokmål (most commonly spoken) and Nynorsk. English and German are widely spoken, and many Norwegians understand Swedish, Danish and French.

Religion: Christianity.

Economy: The economy of Norway is a mixed economy, a prosperous capitalist welfare state featuring a combination of free market activity and large state ownership in certain key sectors. The country is richly endowed with natural resources including petroleum, hydropower, fish, forests, and minerals.

Inflation: 5.4% for Norway as at July 2023.

Money: The currency of Norway is the Norwegian Kroner (NOK). Banking is on a par with the rest of Western Europe and North America, however bank opening hours are generally shorter. Credit cards are widely accepted, but are not so widely accepted as a means of payment in supermarkets and petrol stations.

Tax: In Norway is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 17.4%.

Population: 5.4 Million (2022 est.)

Expat Life: Norwegian businesspeople are generally reserved and formal. English is widely spoken in business. Expatriate dress code is usually more casual than most western countries. Men typically wear a shirt and tie, while women wear a blouse with either slacks or a skirt. The safety risk for expatriates in Norway is low. Risks include low levels of petty crime and difficult driving conditions in winter.

Health Care: Health care facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates can be high.

Norway covers all areas within the country other than Oslo.

Cost Of Living

What is the cost of living in Norway?

The cost of living for expatriates in Norway as at July 2023 is very high in comparison to other places in the world, with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 86.86 (New York =100). We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Norway is as follows:

1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: Cost is very high for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$1070. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$18.46, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$12.05, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$5.14 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$17.97.

2) Clothing: Cost is high for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$930. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$83, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$100, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$125 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$39.

3) Communication: Cost is high for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$212. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$52, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$47.23 per minute.

4) Education: Cost is very high for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30,000 in New York costs USD$30300. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$19,635 for Primary School, and USD$21,851 for High School.

5) Furniture & Appliances: Cost is high for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2,500 in New York costs USD$2400. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$749, and USD$643 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.

6) Groceries: Cost is average for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$760. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$1.65, 1 kg oranges USD$1.65, 1 head lettuce USD$3.04, 1 kg potatos USD$1.20, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$7.55, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$6.36, 1 dozen large eggs USD$4.80, 500g loaf white bread USD$3.41, 1 L full cream milk USD$9.52, and 1.5 L water USD$2.63.

7) Healthcare: Cost is high for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$900. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$73, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$2,251.

8) Household Accommodation: Cost is high for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5,000 in New York costs USD$2750. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$4,111 in a central location, and USD$2,522 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.

9) Miscellaneous: Cost is very high for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$710. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$13.87, while an international newspaper is USD$4.27.

10) Personal Care: Cost is very high for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$640. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$51, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$257.

11) Recreation & Culture: Cost is very high for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$435. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$18.46, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$53 per month.

12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Cost is very high for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$900. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$5.50, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$3.90, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$14.77, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$123.03.

13) Transport: Cost is very high for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$1200. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$7.58, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$33,124.

How does the cost of living in Norway compare?

Norway is -4.9% cheaper than USA for groceries, -5.6% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 132.7% more expensive for transport costs than India.

What is the quality of life / hardship in Norway?

Norway is ranked as a minimal hardship location.The hardship premium for Norway for an expat from Australia, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Norway) premium of 10% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.

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