While the prices can seem exorbitant to tourists, Norwegian residents can generally afford to pay them. The things that are expensive when adjusted for income level fall into two camps:
- Those that are heavily taxed: alcohol, cigarettes... candy and soda, non-electric cars and fossil fuel to a lesser degree.
- Services reliant on human resources who would be subject to social dumping in countries used for comparison: Yes, eating out or going to a bar is expensive in Norway, but that means that the waiters, chefs and bartenders get decent wages to live off without having to worry about tips or juggling three jobs to make ends meet. I'm happy to pay for that. :)