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Cost of Living in Norway

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 03, 2023

Summary: What is the cost of living in Norway? Hear what expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Norway have to say about the cost of housing, health insurance and general living costs.

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Is the cost of living in Norway high?

We asked people how much they someone comfortably live on in Norway, they wrote:

"Yes, the cost of living in Norway is generally considered to be relatively high. Norway is one of the most expensive countries in Europe and its cost of living is slightly higher than in the United Kingdom. Prices on basic items like food and housing can be quite expensive and it is important to take this into consideration when budgeting for a trip or for living in Norway," remarked another in Norway.

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Will I save money living in Norway?

"It depends on your lifestyle and budget. Generally, you can expect to save money by taking advantage of Norway's public services, low costs for housing and public transport, and highly subsidized healthcare and education. However, most goods and services are more expensive than in other countries, including food, fuel and alcohol, and the Norwegian currency is stronger than many other currencies," remarked another in Norway.

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What is the average cost of housing in Norway?

If you are thinking about moving to Norway, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"The cost of housing in Norway varies depending on location and type of residence, but generally prices are high, especially in larger cities. In Oslo, the average price of housing is among the highest in Europe," remarked another expat in Norway.

"The housing and food costs is the most expensive you will ever find in all of the world. Our small 1bdrm is $1300 and food costs are about $1200/mth for 2 people. Beers are $12/pint if that gives you any indication of food prices," explained one expat living in Tromso.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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