Cost of Living in Norway

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Wondering About the Cost of Living in Norway? 

Norway is one of of the destinations that Schepens ships goods to most regularly. And, for as long as we can remember, Oslo has had the reputation for being one of the most expensive cities in the world. It came as a surprise, therefore, to read in Mercer’s 25th Annual Cost of Living Survey that the city now ranks 61, well below London at 23, or New York at 9.

The Mercer index ranks cities for expatriate workers, and the cost of living is a key determinant to the ranking. Businesses looking at cities across the world, with an eye to relocation, will consider the kind of compensatory pay they’ll need to offer their employees. Cities are being challenged, therefore, to offer an attractive environment for foreign investors.

Living in Norway is Cheaper Than Visiting

The ongoing stories about alcohol prices in Norway, or the cost of a meal out in Oslo, tend to come from visitors to the country. Our clients who have moved to Norway for work tell us that – yes – the prices are a shock to begin with. But once you’ve received your first month’s salary they don’t look so exorbitant. Wages are extremely high in Norway, (it’s ranked 3rd highest in Europe), so this has to be taken into account when making your equation.

Norway Food and Drink Prices

There are two reasons why food and drink seems very expensive in Norway. First, a lot of the food consumed is imported, and a lot of items have 15% VAT added. Second, the high wages tend to increase the price of going to a restaurant, or drinking in a bar. The cost of your food or drink includes the wages of those serving you.

Lots of Norwegians drive over the border to be able to enjoy cheaper food. There’s now a growing number of stores conveniently located at border locations for this very purpose. You may find yourself driving to Sweden for a beer when you see the Norwegian prices! Alcohol prices in Norway are particularly high as they are heavily taxed to curb alcoholism.

Balancing the Budget in Norway

If you’re planning a move to Norway, you’ll need to take into account the full range of costs and benefits you’ll encounter as a resident. For example, housing is expensive, but it brings with it a number of tax benefits. Buying an electric car is extremely good value as they’re exempted from VAT and purchase tax. Transportation is 30% cheaper than in London, and charter flights offer inexpensive trips to warmer climes during the long, cold winter.


Schepens Offers Removals to Norway

Schepens has been helping families to move to Norway for over 100 years now. We’re a family run business, now in our fourth generation, and we ship to locations right across Norway. Because of the regularity of our trips to this beautiful country, we’re able to pass on the benefits to our clients. We provide flexible scheduling, and part-load or dedicated shipping loads.

Tailored European Removals to Norway

Moving to another country to live and work is always an upheaval, which is why we tailor all our removals to Norway. We allocate dedicated Move Co-ordinators to each of our clients. They work to develop a unique removals plan based on the client’s specifications. Our work is all about reducing stress; paying individual attention is one of the important ways in which we achieve this.

Our range of removals services includes:

  • Packing. Our BAR trained, professional removals teams can pack up your UK home for you, label all your boxes, and prepare your inventory for shipping.
  • Insurance. Your goods are insured throughout transit. Should you wish to take out additional Accidental Damage, or Extended Liability cover, we can arrange it for you.
  • Non-Standard Goods. We’ve shipped grandfather clocks, pianos and priceless works of art to Norway. We can arrange bespoke packing, handling and shipping for valuable goods.
  • Self Storage. Should you need to store any items of furniture, or goods, Schepens has local self storage facilities. We provide a door-to-door service, and secure, climate-controlled facilities.
  • Transport. Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which maintain a constant temperature and humidity, run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.

Second-to-None Customer Service

At Schepens we take pride in the high standard of service we offer, and levels of satisfaction our clients feed back to us. We do this by ensuring that all our staff are BAR trained, and understand the importance of proactive problem solving throughout the removals process. And, we’re always willing to go the extra mile for our clients

Wondering about the cost of living in Norway? Schepens considers the prices for families planning to move there. For removals to Norway call 01794 323558