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How can people in Norway help Ukraine?

Many people who have seen the war and suffering in Ukraine are desperate to help out. Here are a few ways you can support Ukraine and its people from Norway. 

Here's how you can help from Norway. Pictured is a view of the square outside the damaged local city hall of Kharkiv on March 1, 2022. Photo by Sergey BOBOK / AFP

It’s been impossible to ignore the war and devastation unfolding in Ukraine. Scenes of destruction and human suffering have led to many feeling powerless and unsure of how to help those in Ukraine. But there are several ways you can help from Norway. 

We may not, as individuals, be able to impose sanctions on Russia or provide warehouses of humanitarian aid. However, there are still many real and direct ways we can support the people of Ukraine and their fight for democracy. Here are a few of them.

Donate to humanitarian organisations:

There are a number of humanitarian organisations on the ground in Ukraine helping in different ways. Here are some which you can donate to.


UNICEF is working to help children in Ukraine in a number of ways, including meeting needs for safe water, healthcare and protection, providing medical and education supplies, supporting psychosocial care to children in need and continuing efforts to address Covid-19 in Ukraine.

You can donate via their website using card or payment app Vipps to pay.

The Red Cross

The Red Cross are experienced at working in Ukraine – they have been in the country for the last eight years. Their work in the country includes providing clean water, food and toiletries to families, first aid, psychological support, giving money to those in need, supplying hospitals with medical supplies and repairing vital infrastructure.

You can donate by card here or using Vipps and sending the sum to 2272.


The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has been in Ukraine since 1994. UNHCR works to provide shelter for refugees, give emergency care, repair homes that have been destroyed, provide winter clothing and repair schools so that children can continue their education.

You can donate here.

Doctors Without Borders

Doctors without borders, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres or Leger Uten Grenser, are also active in Ukraine, providing healthcare within the country and neighbouring countries.

You can donate to Doctors Without Borders via their website.

NRC (Norwegian Refugee Council)

The Norwegian Refugee Council assists people who have been made refugees all over the world. You can donate to their efforts here

Donate to support Ukrainian media:

In the wake of Russia’s invasion, accurate information is more important than ever. But journalists working in the country are facing unprecedented challenges.

As a result, media partners across Europe are joining forces to give Ukrainian outlets all the financial, operational and technical support they need at a challenging time.

And as the robust response to Vladimir Putin’s aggression from the EU and elsewhere has shown, coordinated challenges to Russia’s attack are entirely necessary to ensure that Ukraine can continue to operate as a modern, functioning democracy.

If you would like to donate, you can find all the information here or in our article on this campaign.

Support the Ukrainian military directly:

To support the Ukrainian military directly, you can donate to Army SOS, which buys the supplies the army needs (including things like radio sets, uniforms, supplies and ammunition) and promises to deliver them straight to the front lines. You can also donate to the army via a special fund set up by the National Bank of Ukraine and Come Back Alive, a foundation set up to support the Ukrainian military by purchasing essential equipment like body armour and helmets.

Join a solidarity protest

It may feel indirect compared to donating money or handing over physical aid at a collection point, but getting out on the streets in a show of solidarity with the people of Ukraine is a vital part of the picture.

Not only is it crucial at this juncture to show Ukraine the world is with them, but protesting is also a good way of channelling pent up frustration, anger or sadness into something productive and connecting with other people who are feeling the same way.

Push for an appropriate response:

This one may take some reading upon, but if you’re passionate about, for example, toughening sanctions on Russia or ensuring a more robust response to the crisis from politicians, companies or sports teams you follow, it doesn’t hurt to put pressure on them.

You can do this by tweeting them or writing to them directly to express your opinion. But, of course, it’s best to do this politely and by stating a few key grounds for your opinions.

Do you know another way people in Norway can help Ukraine, which is not on our list? Tell us so we can update it – either comment on this article or email us at [email protected]

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How will the war in Ukraine impact the cost of living in Norway?

Economic sanctions imposed on Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine are already making their impact felt at petrol pumps, but what other knock-ons are there for the cost of living in Norway?

How will the war in Ukraine impact the cost of living in Norway?

This week has already seen record-high prices for energy, petrol and diesel in Norway as a result of rising gas and oil prices triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The knock-on effects of the war are likely to be felt by Norwegian consumers even more in the near future, with the invasion impacting everything from the cost of fuel and energy to food and flight tickets.

Energy prices

Earlier this week, electricity prices topped 10 kroner per kilowatt-hour for customers in parts of Norway, when taxes and grid rent are included. Unfortunately for billpayers, this price is likely to rise in the future due to a mix of domestic factors and steps taken by Europe and the United States to ban oil or gas imports.

Even though the country relies primarily on hydroelectric power for its energy needs, sanctions against Russian oil and gas imports will still affect energy prices. The cost of electricity typically follows international oil and gas prices, which are at their highest level since the Global Financial Crisis in 2008.

Some consolation to households will be the government saying that it would look to continue its energy bill subsidy scheme, which sees the state pick up 80 percent of the bill if prices remain high.

The new minister for oil and energy, Terje Lien Aasland, told NRK that “for as long as energy prices are high, then we will contribute” and that the scheme would continue.


In February, monthly food prices rose by 4.5 percent, the largest monthly jump since 1981, figures from Statistics Norway released on Thursday revealed.

The rises seen in February weren’t a result of the war in Ukraine. However, industry heads have said that the war in Ukraine was likely to inflate shopping bills in the future.

“This is the first signal that there will be more (food price increases) here in the future with the war in Ukraine and the effect it gives. Inflation is high, and will be higher (as a result),” chief economist at food producer Nordea, Kjetil Olsen, told public broadcaster NRK.

The war in Ukraine affects food prices in two ways. Firstly, soaring fuel and energy costs increase overheads for producers, which are then passed onto suppliers, then to supermarkets and finally to consumers.

READ MORE: Why is food in Norway so expensive?

Secondly, Russia and Ukraine account for a third of the world’s barley and wheat exports, meaning the price of raw materials will also go up.

The impact of these factors won’t be felt straight away, though. This is because supermarkets typically only adjust their prices twice a year, once in February and once again in July. 


Soaring crude oil prices have had a knock-on for fuel. Prices have already topped 25 kroner per litre for both petrol and diesel, and analysts have said that the squeeze at the pumps could become even tighter in the near future.

Professor Øystein Foros at the Norwegian School of Management, who has studied fuel prices for 20 years, told broadcaster TV2 that “The price of oil determines the price of petrol. If the oil price goes up more now, then we can get petrol prices of 30 kroner a litre”.

Fuel prices won’t just affect those at the petrol pumps, but also those at check-in terminals. This is due to the rising cost of jet fuel likely leading to more expensive airline tickets.

This will make it more expensive for foreign residents to visit friends and family back home and vice versa.

Airlines tickets may go up because some of the most popular airlines operating in Norway, such as Flyr, Norwegian and SAS, don’t have a fixed price agreement on fuel, meaning they are paying current market prices, which have soared recently.

Wages could go up

One unexpected effect of the war in Ukraine and one which could help offset some of the cost of living increases is the potential for wages to be increased. 

The country has just entered its wage settlement negotiation season. This is where unions and employers enter talks over how much wages for workers will increase for the year.

Increased inflation means unions are likely to push for higher wages to ensure that workers purchasing power doesn’t shrink.

“I envisage a possible wage increase of around three to four percent,” Kyrre Knudsen, chief economist at Sparebank 1, told NRK.

“The high prices of electricity, fuel and eventually food will pull up inflation. Now it is assumed that inflation will be around three percent, and then you will get a wage increase that exceeds inflation,” he explained.

“When you gradually sum up 2022, the salary for most people will have increased slightly more than the expenses, despite the fact that it looks quite dark right now,” Knudsen added.