Cost of living in Norway: renting an apartment, groceries, transport and entertainment
The fabulous scenery and rich culture attract more and more expats to Norway. As in other Scandinavian countries, the quality of life in Norway is at a high level. The state has a well-developed system of healthcare, education and transport. Wages are also higher than in most European countries. The difference between low and high wages is very small. However, the cost of living is much higher than the prices in most countries of the world.
Oslo, the capital of Norway, was ranked 27th out of 227 cities in the world in Mercer's 2022 cost of living survey. Many things in Norway are expensive, but the social benefits in education and healthcare relatively make up for the difference. For a comfortable life in Norway, a family of two needs to have a budget of €3,000 to €3,500 per month.
Housing rent and utilities in Norway
Of course, housing rent will become one of the main items of your expenses. However, real estate prices will be much lower if you move a little further from the capital or to the countryside. For example, the cost of housing in Bergen or Fredrikstad is much lower than in Oslo.
Oslo perfectly combines the advantages of a metropolis and the beauty of unspoiled nature. A one-room apartment in the center of the Norwegian capital costs from €1,200 (NOK 12,500) per month. A room in a shared apartment will cost half as much.
Bergen is a city known as the "heart of the fjords" or the "city between seven mountains", and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Prices for renting a one-room apartment here start at €900 (9,300 kroner) per month.
Trondheim is the oldest city in Norway. Most of the city's population is made up of students. Trondheim is home to the largest number of events and activities in Norway. For those who decide to settle here, renting a one-room apartment will cost at least €1,000 (11,000 kroner).
Also, when moving, you should take into account the fact that most landlords ask for a guarantee payment for housing. The minimum is the rent for one month, but most often the owner asks to pay the rent for 3 months.
The cost of utility services in Norway also exceeds the average prices in EU countries. Basic utilities (heating, electricity and gas) for an apartment of about 85 m2 will cost you about €180 (1,800 kroner) per month.
Home Internet - 45€ (475 kroner) per month.
Cost of products in Norway
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