Cost of Living in Norway

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Regarding your average moving costs, we can provide you with an approximate price for the international removals service. The rest of the expenses you should calculate based on your preferences and needs.

As you may have guessed by now, living in Norway is also expensive. A major part of getting ahead in your planning game is going to be choosing the right place to live. Depending on your lifestyle and your preferences, this can mean sacrificing some luxuries, at least in the beginning.

Bank accounts

Before registering as a resident, you can only open a savings account. There are several fees and quite a large amount of deposit required to do so.

If you’re registered already, you can open a standard bank account. You’ll need the following documents:

  • Norwegian National Identity Number
  • Proof of identity
  • A recent photo
  • On rare occasions, a letter of recommendation from your English bank may be required

Accommodation costs in Norway

Here are some of the average costs for accommodation in Oslo compared to their equivalent in London:

Apartment (1-bedroom) in City Centre£1,097.29£1,690.27+54.04 %
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax)£2,591.92£2,320.29-10.48 %

Paying for preschool care in London is 366% more expensive at £1,328 per child per month than doing so in Oslo. You can also research which are the best places to live in Norway and what the situation with schools is there.

International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child£8,913.88£18,034.70+102.32 %

Cost of utility bills

The cost of utilities is about the same as in the UK, albeit with a slight difference of 4.42% in favour of Norway.

Transportation expenses

One-way Ticket (Local Transport)£3.21£2.50-22.20 %
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)£1.25£3.05+144.33 %
Gasoline (1 litre)£1.43£1.29-9.67 %

Cost of necessities

More often than not, when moving to another country, the capital is usually one of the first places to be considered as a viable option for relocation. However, a price comparison shows that in some cases, there are striking differences in monthly living expenses, with the most striking one being preschool costs.

Food costs in Norway

On average, the prices of food and beverages are between 20% and 45% lower in the UK.

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant£17.85£15.00-15.98 %
Water (0.33-litre bottle)£2.06£1.08-47.79 %
Milk (1 litre)£1.59£0.96-39.89 %
A loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)£2.60£1.10-57.55 %
Eggs (regular) (12)£3.30£2.02-38.69 %
Banana (1kg)£1.92£1.09-43.38 %
Lettuce (1 head)£1.72£0.75-56.22 %

Attire and personal care

Here are some additional but unavoidable expenses you’re likely to have:

1 Pair of jeans£76.58£66.82-14.61 %
1 Summer dress£27.85£32.90+15.34 %
1 Pair running shoes (Mid-Range)£83.28£69.95-19.06 %
Fitness/monthly£36£42.80+15.80 %

Cost to move to Norway

The moving costs are one of the things you’ll have to take care of when moving to Norway from the UK.

The money you’ll spend on the international relocation process is relative, depending on various factors such as:

  • The moving company you will use
  • The scale of your move (how many things you will have to transport abroad)
  • Time, required for the service to be completed (most removal companies in the UK charge hourly)
  • Additional taxes you’ll have to pay during the relocation and when settling in Norway
  • Expenses on accommodation, transportation and sustenance for you and your family
  • Costs on any additional services you will need such as storage, packing, move out cleaning, furniture assembly etc.
  • Accommodation expenses

We charge a fixed amount on an hourly basis for the removal job. Additional costs may arise because of extra moving insurance, packing materials, storage service, packing service, end-of-tenancy cleaning at the old address and more.

Mind that we require a 50% deposit for all moving abroad jobs that we schedule. For more information, check our post on removal costs and calculate the average money you’ll spend on the service.


One of the advantages of moving to a Scandinavian country is that most people in the region, including Norwegians, can speak English to at least an intermediate level.

Norwegians are also hardy workaholics. Most of them are working so they can earn just enough as they need to live the life they want.

Things such as going on a holiday and relaxing from work are well appreciated by most of the Norwegian population. Norway is also considered the third-best country for work-life balance in the world. 60% of the expats in Norway agree that are satisfied with their work-life balance. The same percentage confirms that they also like the number of working hours they spend weekly, which averages 44h/per week.

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