Natural gas is a major energy carrier, especially when it comes to heating in winter in Europe. The most expensive gas in Europe for the first half of this year (and probably for the whole of 2023) is paid by households in the Netherlands and Sweden, and the cheapest is in Belarus and Russia. Such calculations were made by RIA Novosti based on official data from the national statistical offices of European countries.
We clarify that gas bills are recalculated in rubles. In the last two months or so, the exchange rate of the ruble against the major currencies has been: about 90 rubles for 1 dollar and about 100 rubles for 1 euro. If the calculations were made using the average exchange rate of the ruble in the first half of the year, then the exchange rate of the Russian currency was about 20% higher than its current level.
Thus, in The Netherlands in the first half of this year households had to pay 24 rubles per kilowatt hour of gas, and in Sweden – 21 rubles.
The price per kilowatt hour is slightly lower for residents of Liechtenstein (19.4 rubles), Denmark (16 rubles) and Austria (15.1 rubles).
Between 10 and 15 rubles per kilowatt hour of gas in the first half of this year were paid by citizens in 13 countries, including: Ireland, Germany, Greece, Latvia and France.
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In another eight countries, including Italy, Poland and Lithuania, a kilowatt hour of gas costs 5-10 rubles. Croats and Serbs pay 4 rubles per kilowatt hour of gas.
Blue fuel is quite cheap in Hungary (3.3 rubles) and Turkey (2.4 rubles), and the main supplies for these countries come from Russia via “Turkish Stream”.
The lowest gas bills (most likely for the whole year) are for households in Russia (about 70 kopecks per kilowatt hour) and Belarus (about 60 kopecks per kilowatt hour).
According to the data thus exported, it appears that households in EU countries with the most expensive gas pay 4-6 times more for a unit of heat energy than those with the cheapest gas. Another issue is that in most countries with more expensive blue fuel, the average income of the population is higher.
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On the other hand, most significant increase in gas prices among European countries in the first half of this year it was registered in: the Netherlands (+8.8 rubles), Austria (+5.4 rubles), Liechtenstein (+4.6 rubles) and Germany (+4.5 rubles).
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