Domestic help in Oslo

Having household help was traditionally taboo and reserved for the very wealthy of Oslo. That is changing with the advent of two-income homes and cheaper labour from Eastern Europe and elsewhere.

Still, domestic help in Oslo is extremely expensive. Legitimate domestic helpers usually earn more than Norway's average yearly income. Because of the cost, and cultural taboos, getting domestic help in Oslo is limited to cleaning and childcare.

Due also to cost, there is a huge black market for cleaners that overshadows the legitimate cleaning services. It is becoming more common and acceptable for two-income families to have au pairs from the Philippines or other countries. Normally, household help will not live with the family, but come in during work hours. Au pairs are an exception. As an expat with a good salary living in certain neighbourhoods, it might even be expected that one will have domestic help.

Finding domestic help in Oslo

There are always people willing to work as domestic help and they often advertise on flyers around the city. To find help, do a search online or ask peers and colleagues. For security reasons, it is best to insist on contactable references or to use a legitimate agency.

Anna Maria Our Expat Expert

Based in Oslo, Norway, Anna Maria is an intercultural trainer and consultant. She focuses on supporting inpats, expats and repats through their transition periods. She has spent 25 years as an expat. She has lived and worked in 17 countries on five continents. Growing up she spent 4-5 years each in the Netherlands, the US, Peru, and Thailand. She travels extensively to keep up friendships, writes for expat online and print publications and is learning to ski to survive the dark winter.