Monthly energy prices in Norway at lowest level for 21 months

Eastern Norway saw its lowest monthly energy price for 21 months in May, the latest figures show.

Pictured is a smart meter.
Energy in prices in Norway hit their lowest level for 21 months in May. Pictured is a smart meter.Photo by Dan LeFebvre on Unsplash

The NO1 energy region covers eastern Norway and saw a monthly energy price of 78.61 øre per kilowatt hour in May. Meanwhile, the NO5 region, which covers the west, saw prices of 78.99 øre per kWh.

In the southernmost regions of Norway (NO2), energy was 80.88 øre per kWh. The price for the east is the lowest recorded for the area since August 2021. Then the energy price was 74.8 kroner, which at the time was the highest monthly price ever recorded in Norway.

The three aforementioned regions saw monthly prices hover above the threshold for government subsidies. Energy news publication Europower reports that the weak krone to euro exchange kept energy prices above the threshold in NO1 and NO5 areas.

Prices in central and northern parts of Norway (NO3 and NO4) were 31.82 and 21.94 øre per kWh. There, prices are typically lower than in the rest of the country as there is a power surplus, meaning more energy is produced than can be used.

A contributor to the lower average power costs is energy prices entering into the negatives. This has happened three times in May.

READ ALSO: What it means when Norwegian energy prices enter negative

When electricity prices in Norway fall below zero in a certain part of the country, the residents of the area in question “get paid” for using electricity, as energy producers have to pay to sell electricity when the prices enter negative.

Negative prices don’t mean free energy, however, as grid rent, taxes, and other charges need to be paid.

A winter with plenty of snowfall, which has melted and is making its way to Norway’s hydroelectric reservoirs, heavy rainfall, reduced energy exports and lower consumption than typical have contributed to lower prices.

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What happens if you go into debt in Norway?

In Norway, personal financial responsibility is highly emphasised, and – despite what you may hear – debt is not taken lightly, as going into debt can have serious consequences.

What happens if you go into debt in Norway?

It’s entirely natural for most people living in Norway to take on some level of debt at various points in their lives.

Generally speaking, it’s considered normal to finance significant life events like buying a home, as the relatively favourable terms offered by Norwegian banks make debt a manageable financial choice.

READ MORE: A beginner’s guide to buying a home in Norway

While Norway provides support systems and safety nets to help people manage their debt and get back on track financially, it’s important to take debt seriously, seek assistance when needed, and address financial challenges as soon as possible, as going into debt carries financial, legal, and personal consequences.

So, what happens when your debt starts to build up?

When you start accumulating debt, your first interaction will typically be with your creditor. They will contact you to discuss your debt and a potential way forward.

Maintaining open communication with creditors is crucial, as they may be willing to negotiate repayment terms and offer new repayment plans that can help you get out of a tight spot.

Know that Norway has a credit reporting system that keeps track of your credit history. So, falling behind on debt repayments can negatively impact your credit score (which banks use, for example, when you ask them for a mortgage offer).

READ MORE: How to get a better deal on interest rates from your Norwegian bank

A poor credit score can make securing future loans or credit cards challenging. Also, if you miss payments or default on loans, you will likely incur additional interest and fees.

Norwegian interest rates can be relatively high, so it’s important to address your debt issues promptly and talk to your creditor when you realise that you might encounter problems in servicing your debt.

How does debt collection work

An increasing number of people have problems repaying their debt or meeting their financial obligations.

According to the most recent figures for the first half of 2023 published by the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway (Finanstilsynet), debt collection companies reported 1.8 billion kroner higher revenues in the first half of the year compared to the previous six-month period – an increase of 7 percent.

“The debt collection related to mortgages increased by over 15 percent, and debt collection against businesses increased by almost 14 percent,” the authorities wrote in their half-yearly report on reported debt collection figures.

If your debt remains unpaid, creditors may hire debt collection agencies to recover the owed amount.

These agencies can be persistent in their efforts to collect the debt and may employ various stress-inducing tactics, including phone calls, letters, and, in rare cases, legal action.

If you can avoid this hassle by proactively contacting your creditor, it’s advisable to do so.

In severe cases of unpaid debt, creditors can also take legal action against you. This may lead to wage garnishment (a portion of your earnings being withheld and paid directly to a creditor) or asset seizures to satisfy the debt.

However, legal action is typically a last resort and follows a court process, so hopefully, you’ll be able to address the issues before it comes to that.

Financial counselling, government assistance, and debt settlement

Seeking help from financial counsellors or debt advisors is a vital proactive step to manage debt before the situation escalates.

Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) professionals can provide guidance on budgeting, debt settlement, and negotiating with creditors.

But, should the situation develop negatively, know that, unlike many other countries, Norway provides financial support through a robust welfare system.

So, if you’re unable to meet basic living expenses due to debt, you may be eligible for government assistance.

The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) can provide temporary financial aid to individuals in need, and you can find out more about the support they offer on their website.

Furthermore, Norway also offers debt settlement programs where people with substantial debt can work with their creditors to develop a repayment plan.

This plan typically involves lower interest rates and extended repayment terms. You can find more details on the NAV’s webpage.