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EUROPEAN FUEL SURVEY.
The highs and lows of fuel prices around Europe, December 2013.
Unleaded 95 petrol
It’s kind of sick making to know that petrol sells for €0.73/l in Russia. It’s the cheapest in Europe, just 40% of the price in the perennially most expensive country, Norway (€1.806).
Everybody knows fuel is cheap in Eastern Europe but in among the Ukraines (€.085), Moldovas (€1.007) and the Czech Republic (€1.282) comes Andorra at €1.250.
Romania is €1.235 at the moment but there’s a 7-8c rise on the way. Similarly, Luxembourg unleaded sells for €1.286 but VAT is due to increase from 15% to 17% which, on current form, puts it between Serbia (€1.308) and Bulgaria (€1.313).
The next Western European country on the list, perhaps surprisingly, is Austria (€1.360). Spain is not far behind (€1.388) and who new petrol was cheaper in Switzerland (€1.422) than either Slovakia (€1.440) or Slovenia (€1.446)?
The tide has turned in France (€1.479). Not long ago it wasn’t much different to the UK (€1.549).
Portugal is quite interesting. The highest price (€1.589) is 18c/l higher than the lowest. Turkey (€1.723) and Italy (€1.764 – you can buy it cheaper) are developing reputations for expensive fuel but it still comes as quite a shock that a litre of unleaded in Greece costs, on average, €1.648.
Honourable mentions go to Belgium (€1.590) and the Netherlands (€1.753).
Did you know a litre of diesel retails for €0.07 in Saudi Arabia? Yes, 7c per litre. At that rate it costs just €7 to fill the 100 litre fuel tank of the Audi Q7 6.0 V12 TDI.
Even in the cheapest European country for diesel, Russia (€0.742), it would cost nearly €75. They don’t sell the V12 Q7 in Norway (€1.713) but if they did a tank of diesel would cost a comical €170.
Unlike the UK (€1.637) it’s common on the Continent for diesel to be cheaper than petrol – in Armenia (€0.864), Macedonia (€1.134), Andorra (€1.148), Lithuania (€1.282) and France (€1.314). It’s significantly cheaper in Luxembourg (€1.198), Germany (€1.352) and the Netherlands (€1.459).
Very broadly though, if petrol is expensive then so is diesel but Switzerland (€1.507) edges up the list, as does Sweden (€1.524).
source: all prices were correct at time of publication, taken from www.fuel-prices-europe.info, compiled daily from official sources. Note, check the information column. Some prices are average, some are the most expensive.
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