Norwegian prices still among highest in Europe

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Norway still tops lists of the priciest countries in Europe, second only to Switzerland in a recent ranking compiled by Eurostat, the statistics service for the European Union (EU).

The average price level in Norway lies at 148 compared to a European average of 100, concluded Eurostat after having compared last year’s prices on a sampling of 2,400 goods and services.

Within the European Union (EU), Denmark had the highest prices, followed by Sweden and Finland. Bulgaria had the lowest prices, news bureau NTB reported.

newsinenglish.no staff

  • frenk

    If you have an economy ‘dominated’ by state controlled monopolies…and a private sector that supplies the lowest possible quality and quantity for the highest possible price…then…well…you have ‘Norwegian prices’….

  • Johan Åsenheim

    Even with the extremely weak kroner Norwegian food prices are still ridiculously high. So many items are at least double the price here than just across the border in Sweden, it’s absurd, and there’s no reasonable explanation for it. Some canned goods, cereals, coffees and other such items are 60% cheaper in Sweden. Not to mention there are about a million different items available in Sweden that don’t even exist in Norway. Norwegians need to be educated a bit on how the rest of the developed world lives, otherwise they’ll continue to accept the current poor standards as normal or even “good”. I guess if your frame of reference is the Norway of the 1980s, then things are better now..

    • frenk

      The problem is…..we talk about this all the time…..and nothing seems to happen….?!?

    • frenk

      ….and…also….don’t forget we are all subsidizing Norwegian farmers…so they can live ‘nice lives’ in the countryside….

      • Johan Åsenheim

        The farming subsidies are certainly a big problem, but what really shocks me is the huge cost of basic household items when compared to the rest of the developed world. Why is my toothpaste 30 NOK here but only 14 SEK just across the border? Why is 500ml of mouthwash 52 NOK here, whereas I can get 2,500ml (5 times as much! for cheaper in the US?) This is alcohol-free mouthwash too, it’s not like they’re taxing it because they’re worried about alcoholics chugging mouthwash! Why is a can of baked beans 19 NOK at the ICA here and 6 SEK in Sweden? We’re talking several multiples of price difference here, nothing can explain that, not farmers, not “high salaries” (with GBP nearing 13 NOK Norwegian salaries don’t even look high at all), it’s pure extortion and they can only get away with it because of government corruption that allows their monopolies.

        • frenk

          Good questions…..is there no way that these questions can be posed ‘directly’ to the Norwegian government i.e. in the UK I can contact my local MP…or even a government minister directly if I have ‘burning’ questions that I need answers to?!?!

        • frenk

          …there is no competition is the Norwegian marketplace…and this is what most Norwegians…and the government want. Competition equals work….and work equals ‘responsibility’….and less holidays…! Just shop in Sweden….it easy…and simple…and its a day ‘out of Norway’….!

        • inquisitor

          I know many farmers and I can tell you that the subsidies are not what lies behind the high prices.
          The high prices are due to the grocery chains.

          • frenk

            Not sure I agree…..if Norwegian farmers were not ‘protected’ by import tariffs….then nobody would buy their ‘products’…..? Why, when imported food is cheaper and of better quality? Norwegian farms are too small and not efficient enough to be profitable…why is why 60% of a Norwegian farmers income is direct subsidy.
            The current marketplace in Norway is not attracting foreign supermarkets as they would not be allowed to control their own supply chains…like they do in the UK for example…
            To my mind….the whole industry of food in Norway is a complete shambles…created of course by the inept and ignorant Norwegian state…

            • Raympnd L Ingrey

              Wasn’t that why we left Norway and went a Viking because the farm land was poor

  • frenk

    It’s the ‘Norwegian Disease’…of….as little effort as possible….as little skill as possible…..maximum price….

    • Andy AUS

      Exactly. Plumber charged me 8,000kr for 2 hours work and acted like I was ruining his weekend,