Why Netflix is a worse deal in Norway than in most other countries

Why Netflix is a worse deal in Norway than in most other countries
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A disparity in monthly costs of Netflix subscriptions around the world leaves Norwegian customers forking out more than almost anyone else, an analysis has found.

Norwegian subscribers, on a cost per title basis, pay 80 percent more than those in Brazil who enjoy the best value Netflix worldwide.

Overall, Netflix customers in Norway get the fourth-worst deal anywhere in the world when monthly cost, library size and resultant cost per title are taken into account, according to the analysis, which was carried out by Comparitech.

People in Norway pay 89 kroner for the basic monthly package. That makes it the fourth-most expensive basic package if all prices are converted into US dollars.

With a middling library size compared to other countries of 3,744 series and films, the cost per title of Netflix in Norway is $0.00268 – the fourth-worst value in the analysis behind Denmark, Switzerland and Sweden.


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It should be noted that for standard and premium plans, Norway does offer better value by these metrics. These more expensive plans offer perks including more users allowed on the account simultaneously and better streaming quality.

When considering the monthly cost of Netflix relative to the average monthly income, Norway again came in as the one of the most expensive countries. 


Screengrab: Comparitech

To gather the data, Comparitech looked at the the number of TV shows and movies available in 39 countries. The total number of titles available was divided by the monthly subscription price to establish each country’s cost per title per month.

The cost per month in each country was evaluated and compared to others based on current exchange rates at the time of writing.

Overall, customers in the United Kingdom have access to the largest number of titles with 6,122 in total while Ireland has the second-largest with 6,112 and Canada the third-largest with 5,998.

Brazil, South Africa, and India were found to be the most cost-effective countries to watch Netflix in, due to the cheap price of subscriptions there.

Do you have a Netflix subscription in Norway? Do you think it offers good value? Is there anything you think is even more overpriced in Norway compared to the cost of the same service in other countries? Let us know.

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