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February 25, 2021

Romania, Bulgaria and Poland, lowest food prices

The prices of bread in Romania are half (53 percent) the European Union average, being the lowest prices among the 38 European states included in a survey conducted by the European Statistics Office (Eurostat) in 2015.

Even countries such as Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia Hercegovina and Kosovo have higher bread prices expressed as share of the EU average.

Overall, food prices in the EU ranged from 63 percent of EU average in Poland to 145 percent in Denmark in 2015.

The highest prices were registered in Denmark (145 percent of EU average), Sweden (124 percent), Austria (120 percent), Ireland and Finland (119 percent each). At the opposite end, the lowest food prices were registered in Poland (63 percent of EU average), Romania (64 percent) and Bulgaria (70 percent).

Bread, meat, milk, cheese and eggs, non-alcoholic beverages and cigarettes were among the products included in the Eurostat survey. In Romania, the prices of all these products are below EU average, being the lowest prices in the case of bread (53 percent of EU average), third-lowest – behind Poland and Bulgaria – in the case of meat (60 percent compared to 54 percent in Poland and 55 percent in Bulgaria) and relatively close to EU average (92 percent) in the case of milk, cheese and eggs.

In what concerns alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, prices in Romania are 72 percent of EU average, lower prices being registered only in Bulgaria (64 percent).

The data is based on a survey conducted by Eurostat in 38 European states in 2015. The survey covered approximately 440 comparable products.

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