Parents in Norway now spend more on kindergarten places than in 2021

Child - kindergartenPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

In January 2022, an average household paid a total of NOK 3,106 for a kindergarten place. In 2021 at the same time, the total cost was NOK 2,991.

In the course of a year, parents will pay an average of 34,165 in 2022, against an annual average price of NOK 32,142 on a national basis last year, figures from Statistics Norway show. This means that an average household in January 2022 will pay 3.8% more than in January 2021.

The monthly average price in 2022 is divided between NOK 2,770 in fixed price, in addition to the fact that – on average – on a national basis, NOK 334 is collected in food allowance and two kroner in additional expenses per month. There are eleven payment terms a year.

There are some regional differences. The annual payment was lowest in Agder and highest in Møre og Romsdal, with an average calculated annual payment of NOK 32,717 and NOK 35,293, respectively. The explanation for the low annual payment for a child in Agder may be due to the low maximum price that Sirdal Municipality has set for kindergartens. 

Statistics Norway partly explains the cost increase by saying that the government raised the maximum price from NOK 3,230 in January 2021 to NOK 3,315 in January 2022, a nominal increase of 2.6%. According to Statistics Norway, the vast majority of municipalities follow the nationally determined rate. In addition, the average cost of living has increased in both municipal and private kindergartens.

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