Norway is ranked as one of the most expensive countries in the world to live in. Food expenses are typically about 50 % higher than the EU average. Income taxes are also very high. Furthermore, there are 25% taxes on all goods and services. Accordingly, salaries are also generally high. An average Norwegian household spends 11 % of its budget on food, 31 % on accommodation and 16 % on transport. (Statistisk Sentralbyrå)