Oslo

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

4
231/265
Details
Large apartment$2300.00
Medium apartment$1900.00
Rent index [score]0.42
Small apartment$1500.00

Cost of Living

1
240/245
Details
5km taxi ride$14.00
A Cappuccino$5.00
A beer$4.00
A kilogram of Apples$3.10
Bread$1.30
Inflation [score]0.11
Lunch$22.00
Monthly fitness club membership$65.00
Monthly public transport$94.00
Movie ticket$17.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$135.78

Startups

5
89/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups5
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.41
Coworking spaces [score]0.31
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co6
Meetups [score]0.68
Meetups groups196
Meetups members76732
Number of investors33
Number of startup events in the last 12 months215
Number of upcoming meetup events57
Startup climate scene [score]0.52
Startup events30
Startup events [score]0.51
Startups [score]0.63
Total number of startups185

Venture Capital

6
42/223
Details
Funding accelerator namesbetaFactory
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.62

Travel Connectivity

5
56/265
Details
Airport hub123
Airport hub [score]0.55
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.51

Commute

5
89/255
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.58

Business Freedom

10
7/263
Details
Business freedom89.60
Business freedom [score]0.96
Freedom from corruption86.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.96
Lack of labor restrictions48.50
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.25
Time to open a business4.00
Time to open a business [score]0.97

Safety

7
159/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.53
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents31
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.95
Lack of guns [score]0.85
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.90

Healthcare

9
25/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]1.00
Healthcare quality [score]0.81
Life expectancy (years)81.77
Life expectancy [score]0.90

Education

5
73/239
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Oslo
Best university ranking132
Country mean scores in PISA math test492.10
Country mean scores in PISA reading test503.94
Country mean scores in PISA science test494.52
PISA math ranking (high school)16
PISA ranking13
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.84
PISA reading (high school)8
PISA science (high school)18
Percent of happy students0.85
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.22
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.16
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.20
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.10
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.08
University quality [score]0.19

Environmental Quality

8
54/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.72
Cleanliness [score]0.73
Drinking water quality [score]0.98
Urban greenery [score]0.86

Economy

7
8/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area7.89
Currency for urban areaNOK
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.41
GDP per capita$66937.46
GDP per capita [score]1.00

Taxation

5
139/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.62
Income tax level [score]0.31
Profit tax (% of profit)0.40
Time overhead to file company taxes83
VAT (Sales Tax)0.25

Internet Access

7
36/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)50.41
Internet access (download) [score]0.77
Internet access (upload) [score]0.66
Upload speed (Mbps)17.23

Leisure & Culture

6
125/264
Details
Art galleries120
Art galleries [score]0.65
Cinemas84
Cinemas [score]0.44
Comedy clubs40
Comedy clubs [score]0.73
Concert venues95
Concerts [score]0.63
Historical sites100
Historical sites [score]0.50
Museums85
Museums [score]0.68
Performing art venues125
Performing arts [score]0.68
Sport venues159
Sports [score]0.59
Zoos22
Zoos [score]0.59

Tolerance

6
176/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index93.13
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.96
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.32

Outdoors

6
31/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.33
Median peak in meters900.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)27.00
Water access [score]0.91
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Oslo are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 245 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Oslo will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,700$2,100
$1900
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$65
Movie ticket$17
Broadband internet connection$36
Monthly public transport$94
Lunch$22
+21%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Oslo are above average. For this job type, Oslo ranks 57th for salaries among 265 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Oslo.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$67,483
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

28%
For annual salary of $40000
31%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

25%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

155/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

86/262
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

31.30
Guns per 100 people
1.75
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Oslo in position 164 of 265 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Oslo, Norway

Gange- Rolvs gate 5, 0244

Phone: (+47) 22 12 35 70

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People in Oslo

Population of Oslo

1,241,700
147 /km²
260/264
Density (people per unit of area)
7%
Growth in 2015-2020
Oslo

Demographics of Norway

Median age
39
Elderly people
17%
Life expectancy at birth
82
GDP per capita (in USD)
$66,937
4/262
Unemployment
4%
33/263

Languages

English proficiency score
69
110/228
Common spoken languages
Norwegian

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Work in:

Software Engineer
11.54%
Marketing Manager
4.87%
Web Developer
4.62%
Web Designer
3.33%
Founder
3.08%
Project Manager
2.56%
Graphic Designer
2.31%
Other
67.69%

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Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

177

Climate type

Warm Summer Continental

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Oslo

Oslo is Norway's capital and largest city, with 650,000 citizens. Situated in the East of the country in the Oslofjorden fjord, extending over an inlet of the Skaggerak strait, it is surrounded by green hills and mountains and includes 40 islands and 343 lakes. Oslo is one of the world's northernmost capitals and so gets only 6 hours of sunlight in the winter. In high summer, sunlight hours soar to 18, making its climate markedly different between seasons, with cold yet relatively dry winters.

A relatively compact city squeezed into a thin strip of land along the shoreline, Oslo prides itself as one of the world's most sustainable cities. While it holds an array of historic monuments, Oslo is perhaps most famous for its modern architecture, including striking and daring projects launched at the turn of the millennium. Oslo's economy is powered by the maritime industry, high-tech and clean energy sectors. In 2010, Oslo was ranked as the world's most expensive city to live in by the Swiss wealth management company UBS AG.

Oslo is the demographic, economic and political centre of Norway. As the capital of Norway, Oslo hosts several national institutions. The city has good selection of cultural institutions and a good selection of restaurants, some world class but most ordinary, as well as night life in general. While it is an expensive city for overseas visitors, many of the best things are free of charge, notably Oslo's proximity to wild nature and variety of outdoor activities.

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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

Norway
10th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

6th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

58th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

2nd

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

17th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

36th

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

41st

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

8th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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