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Life costs less in Germany than next door

The Local · 26 Jun 2012, 07:33

Published: 26 Jun 2012 07:33 GMT+02:00

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Germany's neighbours to the south, north, and west have higher cost of living expenses, with Denmark topping the list of all EU member countries. The price level in Germany's northern neighbour is 42.2 percent above the EU average.

A new report issued on Monday by the Federal Office for Statistics in Wiesbaden showed that prices in non-EU Switzerland and Norway, meanwhile, are even more expensive. In Norway, travellers can expect to pay 2.5 times the average prices for alcohol and tobacco.

Prices in Germany were low in comparison with some of its other neighbours, such as Belgium (11.8 above average), France (10.7 percent), the Netherlands (8 percent), and Austria (6.7 percent.)

Still, the price level in Germany was 3.4 percent higher than the average for the 27 members of the European Union,

That figure was influenced by the lower levels in some eastern European countries pulling the average down.

The study found that in Germany consumers paid 10 percent more for food, and more than the average rates for private vehicles, clothes, hotels and restaurants. Home electronics and alcohol, however, cost Germans slightly less than the EU average.

In Bulgaria, which has the cheapest prices in the EU, consumers pay about half as much as the EU average. Bargains can also be found in Turkey and in Hungary, where hotels and restaurants cost about half of the EU average.

The figures were based on an EU study on price level differences, which was released on June 22.

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09:09 June 26, 2012 by tonin
Well, that may be true BUT while the prices in some E. European countries such as Bulgaria, Hungary or Romania might be lower the average salary there is also 10 times lower than Germany. I know since I come from that region. To me Germany has the best balance in EU when it comes to salary vs cost on living.
11:00 June 26, 2012 by Talonx
This is an oddly titled article. It seems to suggest that the cost of living is higher in Germany than neighboring countries, but then goes on to report the opposite?? You guys want to higher a new editor?
12:21 June 26, 2012 by The Local Germany
Thanks Talonx, we've fixed the error. No new editor being highered this week.
13:04 June 26, 2012 by freechoice
Will it become expensive? After having to pay all the debts of our southern neighbours?
13:28 June 26, 2012 by smart2012
What r they comparing? Tobacco or alcohol??? Who cares? Compare rent, needed food etc.. Munich much more expensive than Vienna for instance..
14:39 June 26, 2012 by alexingohr
Maybe you should "higher" a new editor, but normally you should hire a new editor.

If you higher a car, you lift it.

If you hire a car go to Herz, for example.
16:00 June 26, 2012 by catjones
Without the source data the article remains misleading. I bought a beer in Berlin for 3.50 and one in Warsaw for 3.49. Polish beer is cheaper. I think I will move to Poland where the beer is cheaper.
09:18 July 3, 2012 by Talonx
@ alexingohr

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