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stavangerHopeful wrote at 2012-12-07 20:57:52
If I understood correctly, the net pay is 32K+ NOK/month ( which means after income tax 28% and pension contribution 7.8% + top tax 9%). This means that the gross pay is close to 600K a year.

I am exactly in the same situation ( considering a move to Stavanger )and have been doing a lot of research. In Nordic region where majority of the people are average income earners, to be able to live comfortably, you will need at least 2 income earners in the family ( 1 income for expenses and the other for savings ).

In retrospect the salary should be enough for a family of 3 and you can save more depending on how low you can keep your expenses.

You can see link of how to find an apartment in Stavanger. http://www.finn.no/finn/realestate/lettings/result?areaId=20196



House rent will be your biggest cost so you should try to keep it as low as possible ( expect it to be btw 10 - 15K NOK ) per month. School fees is usually free ( 6yrs and above ) but since your child will be in daycare you will need to pay around 2K plus.

Finally, as a foreign employee, your husband can get 10% standard deduction for the first 2 years ( http://www.skatteetaten.no/en/International-pages/Employee/Norwegian-employer/No)  


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