Last year, the price of alcoholic drinks in the European Union was more than two and a half times higher in the most expensive Member State than in the cheapest. This is evident from figures from Eurostat. Although the European statistical service does not mention exact amounts, it is clear from the price index table that the differences are large. The Netherlands fluctuates in the middle bracket, with a level slightly above the European price index average of 100. France, Cyprus, Italy and Portugal record the same price level.
The highest price for alcoholic beverages – such as beer, wine and spirits – is paid in Finland. The price index level is no less than 193. This means that the price is almost twice as high as the European (and Dutch) average. Ireland follows in second place, with a level of 181. Sweden is in third place, with 166. Incidentally, those three countries really stand out. Greece, for example, which is in fourth place, is already no further than a price index level of 140.
However, Norway and Iceland – two countries that are not members of the European Union, but participate in various European partnerships – go a step further. In the former country, the price index for alcoholic beverages is slightly above 250. In Iceland, that level is around 230.
Drinks are cheapest in Hungary, where the Eurostat price index remains at 73. The country is closely followed by Romania, with 74. The third lowest price can be found in Bulgaria, with a price index level of 81.
This article is part of the content collaboration between Foodlog, Boerenbusiness and Foodbusiness.