I‘ve travelled to my fair share of so-called expensive world destinations but nowhere thus far that can hold a candle to Oslo, Norway.
Oslo, Norway || The Most Expensive City in The World
Everyone knows travel in the Nordic countries is an expensive proposition. I purposely didn’t mention the cost of things in Finland & only briefly mentioned how expensive Sweden was. I didn’t want to highlight it too much because I knew Norway would be a much more strenuous financial proposition – €40 for a dorm bed in the city says it all.
A few everyday prices I took note of today walking the streets of Oslo having just arrived off the train from Stockholm, Sweden (NOK=Norwegian Krone).
- The cheapest burger on a TGI Fridays menu: 179NOK (€25)
- A 500ml bottle of coke in 7/11: 29NOK (€4)
- A Big Mac meal in McDonald’s: 84NOK (€11.50)
- The cheapest loaf of bread in a supermarket: 25NOK (€3.5)
- A 6 pack of local/no-name 33cl beer cans: 152NOK (€21)
Yep, welcome to Oslo, the capital & most populous city in Norway & the most expensive city in the world. It was founded around 1000 AD & is the economic and governmental centre of the country, a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping. It’s a wonderfully chilled out city with some striking architecture & great museums. Yes, it’s painfully pricey but it looks like a nice enough place. Quite pretty actually, at least what I’ve seen of it so far (admittedly not much).
Between getting off the 6-hour train from Stockholm at 2:30 p.m. and darkness enveloping the city shortly after 4:00 p.m., I did manage to see the city’s newest architectural gem, the Oslo Opera House. It was cold, a lot colder than Stockholm, but it was also dry. I’ll take cold & dry over wet & mild any day, meaning I prefer Oslo to Stockholm already. I’ll take a proper, extended look around tomorrow, including taking a look at Norwegian Edvard Munch’s The Scream in the National Gallery. But whatever I do I’ll have my hands firmly in my pockets.
Useful link: Free Things to do in Oslo, Norway.