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How much does going to the dentist cost in Norway? 

A trip to the dentist can be painful in more ways than one, especially for your bank account, so how much will it set you back in Norway and how do you get an appointment?

How much does going to the dentist cost in Norway? 
Many dread a trip to the dentist. Photo by Yusuf Belek on Unsplash

Is dental work free in Norway?

Norway’s robust and comprehensive public healthcare system is accessible through the Norwegian National Health Insurance Scheme. Because it is so comprehensive, many make the assumption that all health issues, including dental problems, are covered by the scheme.  

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case as, generally, dental care is not covered by the public healthcare system. Instead, you will have to go to a private practitioner should you have an issue with your teeth or if it’s time for a checkup. 

If you’d like to learn more about what is covered by the National Health Insurance, you can look at our guide on how the scheme works and common problems foreigners run into here.

How much does it cost?

The bad news is that, much like most other things in Norway, a trip to the dentists will set you back a fair amount, and unlike the Norwegian National Health Insurance Scheme, there is no exemption card, or frikort, after you have paid a certain amount. 

READ MORE: Seven things foreigners in Norway should know about the health system

On the bright side, dental treatment is free for children under 18, and if you are aged between 19 and 20, you will only need to stump up 25 percent of the total bill. 

In most cases, everyone over the age of 21 will be expected to pay the whole bill, apart from a few exceptions, which you can read about here

The cost of dentistry can be reimbursed or subsidised if you meet any of the 15 conditions that will entitle you to claim support from The Norwegian Health Economics Administration or Helfo.

Helfo is responsible for making payments from the National Insurance Scheme to healthcare providers and reimbursing individuals for vital healthcare services not covered by the insurance scheme. 

The list of conditions includes essential work, such as having an oral tumour removed, for example. You can take a look at the 15 conditions for which you claim help from Helfo here.

You can also apply to the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) for financial assistance relating to dental work.

How much you are eligible to receive from NAV will depend entirely on your situation. 

Below you can take a look at the rough cost of some common dental work in Norway. 

  • Examination/appointment- 600 kroner 
  • Examination/appointment with tartar removal and x rays- 1,000 kroner 
  • Small filling- 900 kroner 
  • Medium sized filling 1,400- kroner 
  • Large filling- 1,500 kroner 
  • Tooth surgically removed- 2,000 kroner 
  • Root canal filling 3,800 kroner
  • Crown- 7,000 kroner

How to book an appointment

Booking an appointment in Norway is as simple as contacting your nearest dentist. Before you book, you can typically check the price list of the dentist you will be visiting to get a rough idea of how much the visit could cost you too. 

The majority of dentists in Norway will speak good English. You can also visit an entirely English speaking dentist surgery, where all the staff will speak English, in the big cities such as Oslo if you haven’t quite gotten to grips with Norwegian yet. 

You can search for a dentist using this tool which will show you your nearest dentist in the town, city or county you live in. 

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Everything you need to know to survive Norway’s pollen season

Pollen season in Norway begins earlier every year. Here are several tips to hopefully help get you through the season unscathed.

Everything you need to know to survive Norway's pollen season

Plan ahead

The best place to check for pollen forecasts in Norway is the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association.

Their forecast has an overview of pollen spread per county and the type of pollen spreading. It uses a colour-coded system to let you know what to expect.

This can help you get a more detailed overview. For a quicker look, you can use the weather app YR, which lists any pollen warnings in your general area.

Having a general overview of when pollen spreads in the different parts of Norway is also quite handy.

Pollen warnings aside, also be sure to check the weather. Warm, dry weather and wind will spread much more pollen.

The pollen season varies across Norway

Over the past 10-15 years, the pollen allergy has begun as early as February.

The pollen season begins with alder and hazel in western Norway before spreading to eastern Norway.

However, those in northern Norway and mountainous areas in southern Norway avoid the alder and hazel pollen season altogether.

Birch pollen season is April, May, and June, and as a lot of pollen is released, this can cause trouble for allergy sufferers.

The salix, or willow, pollen season is generally between April and May.

Grass pollen, on the other hand, doesn’t begin in Norway until June, meaning those with a grass allergy have quite a bit of time to prepare. This season will last until August.

Most allergy sufferers in Norway begin to feel symptoms in mid-April. It is recommended that they start renewing prescriptions before this.

Those with a pollen allergy are also advised to take medication before symptoms become too severe.

The mugwort pollen season begins in July and August.

However, in mountainous regions and northern Norway, the pollen season won’t arrive until a month later.


There are a variety of non-prescription allergy medicines that you can buy over the counter in Norway.

These come in the form of allergy tablets, eye drops and nasal sprays to relieve symptoms.

Many newer varieties of antihistamines are available in Norway, and they don’t have the traditional side effects of fatigue and drowsiness.

When purchasing nasal sprays, you must be careful with their use. Overusing nasal sprays can cause the user to feel more congested than they were originally and may lead to dependence.

You can also try an allergy vaccination treatment. This lengthy process involves giving tiny doses of the allergens you are allergic to. Eventually, the body gets used to the allergen and stops reacting to it.

Over-the-counter medications are recommended for mild and moderate symptoms. If your symptoms are long-lasting or particularly severe, you should contact your GP.

Once you’ve made an appointment, your doctor will ask about your medical history. If you already know you have a pollen allergy and which allergen you are allergic to, you should let the doctor know.

If the symptoms are new, the doctor may schedule some allergy tests to identify the allergen. These allergy tests can typically be done without a referral.

The doctor will likely perform a blood and “prick” test. This is when you are pricked with a small concentration of suspected allergens.

Even if you have previously been diagnosed with an allergy, the doctor may decide to run tests anyway.

Doctors will generally prescribe the medicine they think best relieves your symptoms.

Other tips

During pollen season, don’t hang any laundry outside as this could lead to your clothes, bedding and towels being covered in allergens.

A vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter may also be a wise investment as these are designed to catch pollen and other particles.

You will also need to make sure that pets are groomed regularly, as they typically catch pollen in their fur and could spread pollen all over your home.

Simple acts like shutting vents when the pollen level is high and keeping your bedroom door closed during the day to minimise the spread of pollen from the rest of the house are also worthwhile.