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 Wonder how much you’re spending in your host country compared to neighbouring EU countries in terms of food, clothing, restaurant meals and gadgets? Eurostat has just released a report comparing the price of consumer goods and services in the 28-member EU.

 

The recently published Eurostat report is based on 2013 figures and placed the average price for EU-28 at 100%. Here’s a graph showing the most and least expensive countries:

 

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Price level in Denmark is 40% greater than the EU average while the level in Bulgaria is 52% less than the average

The top 5 EU countries with the highest price levels are:

  • Denmark at 140%
  • Sweden at 130%
  • Luxembourg and Finland at 123%
  • Ireland at 118%

 

The top 5 countries with least price levels are:

  • Bulgaria at 48%
  • Romania and Poland at 57%
  • Hungary at 60%
  • Lithuania at 65%

 

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In terms of food (breads, meat, eggs, cheese, fruits, vegetables, non-alcoholic drinks and others), the highest and least price levels are:

 

  • Denmark, 140%
  • Sweden, 125%
  • Finland, 123%
  • Austria, 122%
  • Luxembourg, 118%
  • Hungary, 80%
  • Lithuania, 78%
  • Bulgaria and Romania 69%
  • Poland, 62%

 

 

In alcoholic beverages (spirits, wine and beer) and tobacco:

 

  • Ireland, 178%
  • UK, 161%
  • Sweden, 141%
  • Finland, 135%
  • Denmark, 124%
  • Romania, 74%
  • Lithuania and Poland, 73%
  • Hungary, 66%
  • Bulgaria, 59%

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In clothing (men’s, women’s, children’s, infant’s, accessories and services like cleaning, hiring and others):

 

  • Sweden, 130%
  • Denmark, 124%
  • Finland, 118%
  • Italy, 107%
  • Belgium and Estonia, 106%
  • Cyprus, 89%
  • Spain and Romania, 87%
  • Bulgaria, 82%
  • Hungary, 75%

 

 

In consumer electronics (TVs, cameras, computers, software, CDs, DVDs and services like repair and others):

 

  • Denmark and Cyprus, 113%
  • Sweden, 110%
  • Finland, 109%
  • Belgium, 107%
  • Germany, Luxembourg, Hungary and Slovakia, 94%
  • Czech Republic, 92%
  • Poland, 86%

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Personal transport equipment (cars, motorcycles and bicycles including maintenance, repair, parts and fuel):

 

  • Denmark, 155%
  • Netherlands, 117%
  • Portugal, 116%
  • Finland, 114%
  • Ireland, 111%
  • Hungary, 86%
  • Bulgaria and Poland, 85%
  • Slovakia, 84%
  • Czech Republic, 81%

 

 

Restaurant and hotels (restaurants, cafés, pubs, bars, youth hostels and others):

 

  • Denmark, 149%
  • Sweden, 146%
  • Finland and Ireland, 128%
  • Belgium, 116%
  • Lithuania, 64%
  • Czech Republic, 58%
  • Hungary, 53%
  • Romania, 52%
  • Bulgaria, 47%

 

 

Eurostat based their price comparisons on 2,400 consumer goods and services among the EU states. The full report also includes non-EU countries including Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. A separate Eurostat report also revealed how much taxes EU residents are paying relative to their neighbours.

 

 

 

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