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In 2009, the price level of a comparable basket of food and
non-alcoholic beverages was more than twice as high in the most expensive EU27
Member State than in the cheapest one. Denmark was 39% above the EU27 average
and had the highest price level for food and non-alcoholic beverages in the EU27
in 2009. Ireland was 29% ahead. Netherlands, Spain and UK were up to 10% below
Denmark was nearly 40% above the EU27 average and had the
highest price level for food and non-alcoholic beverages in the EU27 in 2009.
Ireland, Finland, Luxembourg, Austria, Belgium, Germany and France were between
10% and 30% above the EU27 average. Italy, Cyprus, Sweden and Greece were up to
10% above the average, while the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom,
Slovenia, Malta and Portugal were up to 10% below.
Latvia, Slovakia, Estonia,
Hungary, the Czech Republic and Lithuania had price levels for food and
non-alcoholic beverages which were between 10% and 30% below the EU27 average,
while Bulgaria, Romania and Poland were between 30% and 40% below.
These data come from a report issued by Eurostat, the statistics
office of the European Union. The results refer to the survey on food, beverage
and tobacco prices carried out in 2009 in the 37 participating countries. This
survey covered a total of approximately 500 comparable products.
Price levels of tobacco range from one to five
Data are also available for more detailed breakdowns of food
products. For bread and cereals, price levels ranged from 52% of the EU27
average in Bulgaria and 58% in Poland to 146% in Denmark and 132% in Ireland;
for meat from 56% in Poland and 58% in Romania to 131% in Denmark and 128% in
Austria; and for milk, cheese & eggs from 63% in Poland and 77% in Lithuania to
137% in Ireland and Cyprus.
The price levels for alcoholic beverages ranged from one to two
and a half. The highest price levels for alcoholic beverages were registered in
Finland (170% of the EU27 average), Ireland (167%), Sweden (138%) and Denmark
(135%), and the lowest in Romania (70%), Bulgaria (77%), Spain and Hungary (both
For tobacco, the price levels were almost five times higher in
the most expensive Member State than in the cheapest. The highest price levels
were observed in Ireland (217% of the EU27 average), United Kingdom (166%),
France (133%) and Sweden (130%), and the lowest in Bulgaria (46%), Romania
(47%), Lithuania and Hungary (both 51%).
"Price levels for food, beverages and tobacco across the European market differ