The prices of goods and services vary significantly in the European Union, with the most expensive countries being Denmark and Ireland, both 40% above the European average, and the lowest price levels being recorded in Romania and Bulgaria, 44% below average. , shows Erostat.
The price index in Romania is close to that of Poland, which is 40% below the EU average, and in Serbia, a non-EU country where prices are also 40% below the European Union average.
At the opposite pole are Luxembourg (132%), Sweden (128%), where goods and services are priced well above the European average. The biggest differences were observed in hotels and restaurants, where prices in expensive countries are over 3 times higher than in cheap countries.
The biggest differences were observed in hotels and restaurants, where prices in expensive countries are more than 3 times higher than in cheap countries. Thus, prices range from 46% of the EU average in Bulgaria, 54% of the average in Romania and 62% in Hungary, to 155% in Denmark and 137% in Sweden.
Alcohol and cigarettes are in second place, with the cheapest in Bulgaria (64% of the EU average), Poland (72%) and Hungary (79%), and the most expensive in Ireland (205%), Finland. (173%), Sweden (136%) and Denmark and France (134%). The large differences in the prices of these products usually come from the different level of taxes applied from country to country.
The cheapest food and the cheapest non-alcoholic drinks are found in Romania
The cheapest food and non-alcoholic beverages are found in Romania, where prices are 69% of the EU average, followed by Poland (72%). By contrast, the most expensive products of this type are in Luxembourg (125% above average), Denmark (120%) and Ireland (119%). In terms of clothing, prices do not differ much from country to country, ranging from 76% of the EU average in Bulgaria to 134% in Denmark.