An EU-wide price survey of food and non-alcoholic beverages based on 2009 prices shows that food prices in Estonia are 80% of the EU average and tobacco prices only 58% of the EU average. However, price of alcoholic beverages in Estonia was 6% higher than the EU average, according to Eurostat.
In the Baltics, the most expensive food and non-alcoholic beverages in comparable terms are in Latvia with prices being 85% of the EU average and the cheapest food and non-alcoholic beverages are in Lithuania with 74% of the EU average.
According to the survey, the price 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 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.
By price levels for alcoholic beverages, the highest price levels for alcoholic beverages were 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 84%).
For tobacco, 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%).
The survey covered a total of approximately 500 comparable products.