Topic Highlights: Comparative price levels in Europe
The price level for food and non-alcoholic beverages in the cheapest Member State is two and half times lower than that of the most expensive EU country. As far as tabacco is concerned, the country with the highest price level is seven times more expensive than the country with the lowest prices. Dairy products are cheapest in Estonia, whereas Denmark is the EU state with the highest meat prices.
These are just some of the results from national surveys on food, beverage and tobacco prices, that are co-ordinated by Eurostat in co-operation with the OECD and were carried out in 37 European states in 2006. Alongside the EU Member States the surveys were carried out in the EU candidate countries, the EFTA countries Norway, Switzerland and Iceland as well as some of the Balkan states.
The main results were published in a Eurostat press release a few weeks ago. For more in-depth information on this topic, please consult the links offered below.
Comparative price level indices:
Overview for 2000 - 2006 and comparative bar charts for 2005.
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Bar charts for 2005
- Food and non-alcoholic beverages
- Alcoholic beverages, tobacco and narcotics
- Clothing and footwear
- Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels
- Household furnishings, equipment and maintenance
- Recreation and culture
- Restaurants and hotels
- Miscellaneous goods and services
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The new user interface TGM (tables, graphs and maps): This interface eneables users to customize graphs and maps for all key Eurostat statistics. Data, graphs and maps can be easily downloaded.
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Eurostat-OECD Methodological manual on purchasing power parities:
Eurostat, the OECD and 47 participating countries work together in establishing purchasing power parities, or PPPs, in order to compare the price and volume levels of the GDPs.
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Harmonized indices of consumer prices (HICPs) - A short guide for users: This guide provides a brief description of the Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICPs) and its target audience is non-specialist users of the HICPs, including analysts and commentators, who wish to gain a general overview of these price indices.
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Statistics in focus: These booklets are available free-of-charge as PDF downloads.
Eating, drinking, smoking – comparative price levels in 37 European countries for 2006
Harmonizes Indices of Consumer Prices May 2007
Pharmaceutical products - comparative price levels in 33 European countries in 2005
Furniture - comparative price levels in 33 European Countries in 2005
Press releases: The most important Eurostat press releases relating on this topic.
16.07.2007 June 2007 - Euro area annual inflation stable at 1.9%
13.07.2007 Price levels of food and beverages range from one to two and half
Basket of goods and services and weighting pattern in Germany:
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