Working and Living in Norway

By | October 6, 2021

Immigration, permanent residence, residence permit

If you are staying in the country for more than three months, you will need to register with the police. After 5 years of uninterrupted residence, you have the right to permanent residence. Even if you are not obliged to apply, a permanent residence permit can have advantages, such as extra protection against deportation.

Labor market

At just 3.2%, Norway had a low unemployment rate in recent years. This means that immigrants also have good opportunities in the job market. Qualified skilled workers and specialists in particular have very good opportunities here, as there is a shortage of skilled workers, even older employees! As an incentive, immigrants with good qualifications are offered financial start-up assistance in the first two years of their stay, as well as language courses and assistance with moving. The labor market in Norway places more emphasis on social aspects, such as a healthy work-life balance and parental leave.

According to countryvv, jobs are particularly sought after in the following professions: oil production, motor vehicle and machine mechanics, construction and handicrafts, health care / nursing staff, fishing industry, power generation and tourism. If you have not found a job within 3 months of entering the country, you must report to the police as a job seeker before the 3 months have elapsed.

Solid language skills are very advantageous when looking for a job. You can first learn Norwegian in the comfort of your own home and then take courses on site via the German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in Oslo and improve your language skills.

Cost of living

The cost of living is a good third higher than in Germany, as are rents, local transport, etc.

You would need around € 5,172.75 in Oslo to maintain the same standard of living that you could have in Berlin with € 3,700.00 (assuming you rent in the cities).

  • Consumer prices in Oslo are 45.75% higher than in Berlin (excluding rent)
  • Consumer prices in Oslo are 39.80% higher than in Berlin (including rent)
  • Rental prices in Oslo are 26.84% higher than in Berlin
  • Restaurant prices in Oslo are 69.80% higher than in Berlin
  • Food prices in Oslo are 69.55% higher than in Berlin
  • The local purchasing power in Oslo is 8.54% lower than in Berlin

Average cost of living in Oslo (from 07/2020 – 06/2021)

Restaurant Ø € Price € Price from / to
Food, price w. restaurant 17.68 13.75-29.47
Middle class, 3 courses for 2 people. 83.50 63.85-137.52
Local beer, 0.5 l 8.84 7.37-10.81
Imported beer, 0.33 l 8.84 7.66-11.00
cappuccino 4.29 2.95-5.40
Coca / Pepsi (0.33 l) 3.23 2.16-4.72
Water (0.33 l) 2.65 1.96-3.39
Food Ø € Price € Price from / to
Milk (1 L) 1.81 1.47-2.60
White bread (500g) 2.83 0.87-5.40
Rice (white), (1kg) 2.76 1.18-4.32
Eggs (12) 3.71 2.24-4.72
Local cheese (1kg) 10.70 7.86-19.65
Chicken breast fillet (1kg) 12.82 6.88-16.70
Beef (1kg) or other red meat 26.42 15.72-34.38
Apples (1kg) 2.67 0.98-3.93
Bananas (1kg) 2.05 1.38-2.95
Oranges (1kg) 2.66 1.18-3.93
Tomatoes (1kg) 3.31 1.96-4.91
Potatoes (1kg) 1.78 0.88-2.95
Onions (1kg) 2.05 1.28-3.14
Lettuce (1 head) 2.25 1.47-3.44
Water (1.5 l) 1.91 0.59-3.44
Bottle of wine (middle class) 14.73 9.82-29.47
Local beer (0.5 l) 3.09 2.46-4.91
Imported beer (0.33 l) 4.00 2.65 – 5.89

Average costs for local transport, utilities, clothing, leisure, education in Oslo (from 07/2020 – 06/2021)

Mode of Transport Ø € Price € Price from / to
One-time ticket 3.73 3.63-3.83
Monthly pass 75.64 73.67-78.59
Taxi base amount 9.82 6.48-14.73
Taxi 1 km 1.38 1.36-1.89
Ancillary housing costs Ø € Price € Price from / to
for 85 sqm apartment (electricity, water, garbage, etc. 131.78 83.50-250.49
1 minute prepaid mobile tariff 0.12 0.05-0.20
Internet (60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, cable / ADSL) 44.54 29.47-78.49
Clothes, shoes Ø € Price € Price from / to
Jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 88.72 49.12-117.88
Summer dress (Zara, H&M,… 38.44 19.65-68.76
Nike sports shoes, middle class 98.56 58.94-117.88
Leather business shoes 124.31 78.59-196.46
leisure time Ø € Price € Price from / to
Fitness center, month / adult 44.43 29.47-58.94
Tennis, 1 hour on weekends 26.38 17.68-39.29
a movie ticket 12.77 11.79-15.72
training Ø € Price € Price from / to
Preschool / Kindergarten, private, whole day, monthly per child 316.42 275.05-373.28
International primary school per year and child 12,278.93 5,893.88 – 21,610.91

Average rental prices / purchase and salaries of Oslo (from 07/2020 – 06/2021)

Monthly rental price Ø € Price € Price from / to
Apartment (1 bedroom) in the city center 1,297.84 1,080.55-1473.47
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside the center 1,026.66 884.08-1326.12
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in the city center 2,057.80 1,746.55 – 2,554.02
Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside the center 1,599.84 1,326.12 – 1,964.63
Purchase price of apartments Ø € Price € Price from / to
Price per square meter for an apartment in the city – purchase 8,554.46 6,576.20 – 9,823.14
Price per square meter – apartment outside the center – purchase 5,505.08 4,420.41-7,858.51
wages Ø € Price € Price from / to
Average monthly salary (after taxes) 3,309.19

Emigration and Living in Norway

You should visit the country in summer and winter first to see if you can live with both extremes. Especially the long winter with its long nights is a problem for many people. If you can find a good job, you can earn enough money in a few months to take long-term vacations in inexpensive southern countries during the dark season. However, you should speak sufficient Norwegian to take up work in Norway. Some of the advantages of the country: high immigrant satisfaction, peaceful, relatively safe from natural disasters, free of nuclear power, high quality of life, low population density.

Working and Living in Norway