The high value of the kroner makes Norway very expensive for foreigners. (A beer in Oslo can cost $15.) But employing people, especially skilled workers, is surprisingly inexpensive. Here's what one Norwegian tech company, Oslo-based bMenu, pays each year to employ software developers in Norway and the United States.

  Oslo New York City
Salary $100,000 $100,000
Payroll taxes National insurance contribution, 14.1% of total salary* $14,100 Social Security (6.2% of first $106,800) $6,200  
Medicare, 1.45% of salary $1,450  
Federal unemployment   $56  
State unemployment $349  
City transit tax $340
Retirement plan Supplemental retirement plan $2,100 401(k), 6% match $6,000
Private insurance Accident and travel insurance     $403 Workers' compensation $503
Disability $56  
Health insurance, 80% employer contribution $7,536 (single) $23,360 (family)  
Total salary $116,603 $122,490 (single) $138,314 (family)
Cost of benefits 16.6%
22.5% (single) 38.3% (family)
Published on: Jan 20, 2011