Last updated on Apr 20, 2023
Summary: The approximate population of Oslo, Norway is 672,061. People describe Oslo as a vibrant, modern city with a rich cultural heritage. Expats love the city's natural beauty, its excellent public transportation system, and its diverse and welcoming population. The weather in Oslo is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from an average high of 59°F (15°C) in the summer to an average low of 28°F (-2°C) in the winter. The average cost of living in Oslo for an expat is estimated to be around $2,500 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment in Oslo is estimated to be around $1,500 per month, while a two bedroom apartment is estimated to be around $2,000 per month.
What do I need to know about living in Oslo?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Oslo, they said:
"Before retiring in Oslo, expats should be aware of the cost of living, which is higher than in many other countries. They should also be aware of the language barrier, as Norwegian is the official language of the country. Additionally, expats should research the healthcare system in Norway, as it is different from many other countries. It is also important to research the tax system in Norway, as taxes can be high. Finally, expats should research the visa requirements for Norway, as they may need to apply for a residence permit in order to stay in the country," remarked one expat living in Oslo, Norway.
"Absolutely take this opportunity... what a beautiful country and great experience. You make what you want out of it... Take advantage of a country that offers incredible outdoor activities/sports. I was never into skiing, hiking, cycling, but I am a convert...at 45 years old and ejoying what the outdoors has to offer here and have yet to see anywhere else like it in the world," wrote one member in Oslo.
What do I need to know before moving to Oslo?
About the Author
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.