Children and family

Housing

Boliger i Bergen
There are over two million homes in Norway, more than half of which are detached houses. In big cities like Oslo, 70 percent of homes are located in apartment buildings and blocks of flats. Smaller municipalities often have up to 90 percent detached houses. Around one-quarter of the population rents their home, while the rest own it.

There are two types of home ownership: owner-occupier or ownership through a housing cooperative or limited liability company.

Almost every home in Norway has its own bathroom and kitchen.
Leiligheter i Nordland Hus i Geiranger Enebolig Hus i Lofoten

Facts

Did you know that…

  • Electricity is most commonly used to heat homes. Over 90 percent of homes use electricity for heating. Some also use firewood or oil.
  • Around a third of Norwegian household income is spent on home-related expenses, while the average household uses only eleven percent of their budget on food.
  • Only around 30 percent of people living in the big city has a car. Nationwide, around 70 percent of households have a car, while 95 percent have a TV and 75 percent a dishwasher.
  • How do people in Norway live? What are the housing standards and what kind of housing is most common?