Eurostat: Price levels of food ranged from 66% of the EU average in Romania to 130%in Denmark in 2018

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In 2018, the price level of a comparable basket of food and non-alcoholic beverages across the European Union (EU) was twice as high in the most expensive Member State than in the cheapest one. Denmark had the highest price level for food and non-alcoholic beverages in the EU in 2018, at 130% of the EU average, followed by Luxembourg and Austria (both 125%), Ireland and Finland (both 120%) and Sweden (117%). At the opposite end of the scale, the lowest price levels were observed in Romania (66%), Poland (69%), Bulgaria (76%), Lithuania (82%), Czechia (84%) and Hungary (85%).

These data are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Comparative data on consumer price levels are also available for more detailed breakdowns of food products.

For bread and cereals, price levels ranged from 54% of the EU average in Romania to 152% in Denmark; for meat from 63% in Poland and Romania to 146% in Austria; and for milk, cheese &eggs from 71% in Poland to 136% in Cyprus.

The  price  levels  for  alcoholic  beverages  ranged from  one  to almost two and  a  half. The  lowest  price  levels  were registered  in Bulgaria and Romania (both  74%  of  the  EU  average) and Hungary (77%),  and  the  highest  in Finland (182%), Ireland (177%) and Sweden (152%).

For tobacco, the price levels were four times higher in the most expensive Member State than in the cheapest. The lowest price levels were observed in Bulgaria (49% of the EU average), Poland (60%) and Croatia (62%), and the highest in the United Kingdom (204%), Ireland (201%) and France (141%).

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