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Salary enough for two? (Oslo)

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Guizo
3/19/2014 09:59 EST

Hi everyone,

I am thinking about applying for a 3-year job in Oslo which -- in case my application is successful -- would pay me 420,000-460,000 NOK per year before taxes. I have read quite a lot about taxes in Norway and have figured out that this should mean approximately 27,000 NOK in my pocket every month after all applicable deductions.

If this works out, I would be taking my girlfriend along. She would be entitled to work legally as well, but of course we do not know whether she would be able to find employment right away. So my question is: would 27,000 NOK a month be enough to provide for a decent, but not extravagant lifestyle for both of us? That would have to include rent, food, internet/water/electricity/heating/transportation and of course some entertainment as well.

I would appreciate if anyone could let me know whether it's feasible and, in case it is, whether this would be a comfortable scenario or whether we would have to be counting every dime. I have been to Norway four times and I know how expensive things can get, but I have no experience providing for a home in the country, so any help is much appreciated.

Since this would be a temporary arrangement, we would be willing to live in a cheap, small apartment in order to save money, but not to share a place with other people. Our best bet would be a not-so-pretty, not-so-big apartment within walking distance to a subway, tram or bus line which could ensure us easy access to public transport.

And, since we're at it, am I right in assuming that any legal job my girlfriend could find would be a very significant contribution to our monthly income?

deltacwb
6/20/2014 11:08 EST

Hi everyone,

I have a possiblitiy to move to Stavanger this summer with my fammily. We should get approx 40.000 NOK after taxes each month. Can we survive with this monthly income?

We are fammily of three (2 adults and 2 year old son). We don't expect to live luxuriosly, but would like to have gym access, public transport access, we have one car, we don't dine in restaurants. So an average life.

Thx for your feedback.

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Ky
3/25/2014 04:19 EST

As previously mentioned, check out finn.no for apartment rentals in and around the Oslo area. I would expect you can save a few thousand by moving outside the city. But, from what I see on Finn.no, the cheapest you will pay is about 7000-8000 (if you are lucky).



On "average" (nothing over the top and considering consumption), your bills per month will look something like this:



1. Mobile phone bill: 300,-
2. Internet/cable: 500,-
3. Electricity: 400,-
4. Bus pass: 500-600,-
5. Food for two: 3000,- (averaging 50 nok per day, which is quiet cheap)

6. Gym membership: 250-500,- Plus

7. Daycare for children: 2500,-



Driving your own car WILL be considerably more expensive; with maintenance, insurance, petrol, tolls, EU checks, etcc..

You can obviously use much less on food if you are willing to eat VERY simple. Its quiet common to have a decent lunch at work, and eat simple at home, especially if you don't have children. Most larger companies cater lunch from 25-50 nok per day.



Entertainment, alcohol and eating out are very expensive. Cinema films will cost around 100-150 per ticket, snacks will run you another 100-200,-. Restaurants range of course. Burger King is about 75-100,- per meal. An exclusive 5 course wine package will cost you around 2000,- per person.



Taxi cabs are insanely expensive.. about 50,- per km (in my experience).



I would advice to talk with your employer. Most firms offer great perks. Ie: Mobile phones, Gym membership discounts, cars, laptops/tablets, language training, eye glasses for computer work, etcc.. JUST ASK! :)



Clothing is also very expensive, but deals can be found. All depending on your expectations. Bring what you can when moving here.



You can find some pretty nice "used" Furniture on Finn.no, along with ANYTHING else you might be looking for. Good place to job search for your girlfriend as well!



Good luck

Tazzbaby
3/19/2014 17:33 EST

Oh and I forgot to add, that living here in Kongsvinger has it's bonuses, we are just 30 to 40 minute ride to Sweden to grocery shop which can really save lots of money, especially on meat.

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