Oslo is the capital and largest city in Norway. Oslo's port is the largest general cargo port in the country and its leading passenger gateway. Oslo is home to some of which are the world's largest shipping companies, shipbrokers, and insurance brokers. Norway is in Northern Europe, bordering the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Sweden. 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. 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. The main religion is Christianity. 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. Norwegian businesspeople are generally reserved and formal. English is widely spoken in business. Expatriate business dress 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 security risk for expatriates in Norway is low. Risks include low levels of petty crime and difficult driving conditions in winter. 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. Medical facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates can be high. The population of Oslo is 1.6 Million (Metro) (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.5% for Norway as at September 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Norway is based on the current personal income tax rate which is a flat rate of 22%. In additional there is bracket tax on personal income, progressive up to 16.2%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, 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 Oslo is as follows: Oslo as at 1 October 2019 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1280 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1130 3) Communication: 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$216 4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$36300 5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$2600 6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$990 7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$820 8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$3200 9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$755 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$395 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$620 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1160 13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1690 Oslo is 53.5% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 50.3% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 186.2% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Oslo for an expat from Perth, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Oslo) premium of 10% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Oslo is ranked as a minimal hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Oslo? Register subscribe to your home location and Oslo and run your personalised reports.