Norway, with its famous social system and picturesque lakes, reflects the ideas of Scandinavian design and looks very modern, but at the same time cozy. Life in Oslo, where you can find all the achievements of civilization and almost wildlife, is quite expensive. But in the capital with a population of 600 thousand people, according to the testimonies of the townspeople, it is really nice to live. Life around found out how much those who regularly enjoy fjords spend.
CZK 19,000 * (130,000 rubles)
30,000 kroons (210,000 rubles)
from 40 000 kroons (280 000 rubles)
75-95 thousand rubles a month
The Oslo rental market is relatively small: many citizens prefer to buy apartments on credit rather than renting them. They are looking for apartments for rent on one of two sites - finn.no or hybel.no. An apartment with two bedrooms in a good area will cost an average of 12-16 thousand Norwegian crowns (75-95 thousand rubles). A room in an apartment for several students will cost 4-8 thousand crowns (from 25 to 55 thousand rubles). Rental rates in the suburbs of Oslo, as well as in other Norwegian cities, are significantly lower.
The cost per square meter of housing in Oslo in the middle distance is 40-50 thousand crowns. Of course, the price will depend on the place, time of construction of the house and the mass of other criteria, but in general an apartment of 70-80 square meters with two bedrooms costs from 2.5 to 4 million crowns (from 17 to 28 million rubles). The very system of selling real estate in Norway is an auction with complex rules in which a good apartment will always go to the richest and most successful.
4 800 rubles per month
To travel to Oslo, you need to use a plastic card with prepaid trips (32 kroons, or 220 rubles costs one trip for an adult passenger; children and elderly people go at half price) or a smartphone application. A ticket from a bus driver will cost a third more. A day ticket costs 90 kroons (a little more than 600 rubles), and a monthly ticket costs 690 NOK (4,800 rubles).
Oslo has metro, buses, trams, as well as ferries and boats that run along the Oslo Fjord, so you can go to one of the islands with a regular ticket, take a swim, look at the sheep grazing around it and have a picnic in the meadow. T-banen - this is the name of the metro in Oslo, and it is simply huge for such a small city: 95 stations. End metro stations lead out of town and end at mountain lakes (Sognsvann), wild forests or a hunting lodge with a viewing platform (Frognerseteren), from where you can slide down a sled in winter, a couple of stations. Repeat as desired as many times as desired.
The car is very necessary for those who live in remote areas or in the suburbs of Oslo. Parking costs 30-60 kroons per hour (200-400 rubles), or 150-300 kroons per day (1,500-2,000 rubles). The price depends on the proximity to the center, the number of places, as well as whether it is private or public parking.
up to 15 thousand rubles a year
Residents in Norway do not need to pay for health insurance: in a country of victorious socialism, everyone, even fickle residents like foreign students, is automatically insured. However, each time you visit a doctor or psychologist, you need to pay a small amount - about 200 crowns (an exception is made for children and pregnant women). During the year, you pay for the medical services provided to you until you exceed the amount determined by the state. For 2017, this amount is 2 205 kroons (15 thousand rubles). As soon as you reach this amount, you stop paying, everything else will be free. Thus, if you do not get sick and do not go to the doctors, then the cost of medical insurance will be zero. But even if you have to be seriously treated, it will still turn out very cheaply.
30-40 thousand rubles a month
Oslo residents prefer to dine at home, especially since the products in Norwegian supermarkets are tasty and inexpensive. If in Germany you can run into watery milk and tasteless meat, in Norway everyone is literally obsessed with locally produced goods. Therefore, the food here is delicious and as if from a farmer in the neighborhood. Main networks: Rema 1000, Rimi, Kiwi and Bunnpris. A liter of milk costs an average of 15 crowns (100 rubles), bread 15-30 crowns (100-200 rubles), cheese or ham in packs of 200 grams - 20-30 crowns (140-210 rubles). For a pack of cigarettes you will have to pay 100 kroons (700 rubles), and for a liter of beer - about 30 kroons.
An unpleasant surprise will be the absence of any other alcoholic beverages, except beer, in supermarkets. In Norway, there is a state monopoly on alcohol, so drinks with a strength of more than 4.7% are sold in special stores that work like libraries from ten in the morning to six in the evening, and their prices are two to three times higher than average European prices. That is, table wine of acceptable quality costs not 5 euros, but 10-15.
from 5 thousand rubles a month
A trip to a restaurant is an infrequent event even for wealthy Norwegians. Even a bigmack with potatoes and cola at McDonald's costs 99 kroons (700 rubles, or more than 10 euros), and a regular pizza or a serving of curry chicken in an average restaurant will cost twice as much.
In Oslo, you can spend a lot of money on entertainment, but you can spend almost nothing. The city has many lakes and beaches, parks and barbecue areas, forest paths and equipped walking paths. If you are tired of frying sausages near a mountain lake, you can spend 100-700 crowns (from 700 to 5 thousand rubles) on a ticket to the famous Oslo Opera House or 120 crowns (800 rubles) on a trip to a museum or art gallery. You can stare at the works of art for free (and at the same time have a picnic) in Frogner Park - there are many sculptures by Gustav Wigeland.
from 8 thousand rubles a month
The minimum official payment for cleaning services is 170-180 kroons per hour, or more than a thousand rubles. Babysitting services - from 150 EEK (also about a thousand rubles). Normal coated manicure is 300-400 crowns (2-3 thousand rubles), pedicure - 500-700 crowns (4-5 thousand rubles). A haircut without styling will cost the same amount as a manicure.
from 16 thousand rubles a month
If you can give birth to a baby in Norway almost for free, then you will need to pay for the services of a nanny or kindergarten from your pocket. The fee for kindergarten averages 2,300 kroons per month (about 16 thousand rubles), a nanny or “day mother” will cost 6-8 thousand kroons, depending on the number of children in the group and the hours you need. Children bring a snack in a box (fruits and vegetables slices, yogurt, sandwiches), a rare kindergarten feeds the children a hot lunch. The conditions are almost Spartan: children spend a lot of time on the street in waterproof overalls.
Well, free school education is so good that there are practically no private schools in Oslo. Higher education in Norway is also free, but most Norwegians take an educational loan from the state for the duration of their studies at the university, and then return this money from their salaries: it’s not customary to sit on the neck of parents.
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