Gasoline prices from around the world

This chart is from CNN's website. Gas prices around the world  (in US dollars per gallon):

Gasoline prices in the United States, which have recently hit record highs, are actually much lower than in many countries. Drivers in some European cities, like Amsterdam and Oslo, are paying nearly 3 times more than those in the U.S.

The main factor in price disparities between countries is government policy, according to AirInc, a company that tracks the cost of living in various places around the world. Many European nations tax gasoline heavily, with taxes making up as much as 75 percent of the cost of a gallon of gasoline, said a spokesperson for AirInc.

  • Netherlands Amsterdam $6.48
  • Norway Oslo $6.27
  • Italy Milan $5.96
  • Denmark Copenhagen $5.93
  • Belgium Brussels $5.91
  • Sweden Stockholm $5.80
  • United Kingdom London $5.79
  • Germany Frankfurt $5.57
  • France Paris $5.54
  • Portugal Lisbon $5.35
  • Hungary Budapest $4.94
  • Luxembourg $4.82
  • Croatia Zagreb $4.81
  • Ireland Dublin $4.78
  • Switzerland Geneva $4.74
  • Spain Madrid $4.55
  • Japan Tokyo $4.24
  • Czech Republic Prague $4.19
  • Romania Bucharest $4.09
  • Andorra $4.08
  • Estonia Tallinn $3.62
  • Bulgaria Sofia $3.52
  • Brazil Brasilia $3.12
  • Cuba Havana $3.03
  • Taiwan Taipei $2.84
  • Lebanon Beirut $2.63
  • South Africa Johannesburg $2.62
  • Nicaragua Managua $2.61
  • Panama Panama City $2.19
  • Russia Moscow $2.10
  • Puerto Rico San Juan $1.74
  • Saudi Arabia Riyadh $0.91
  • Kuwait Kuwait City $0.78
  • Egypt Cairo $0.65
  • Nigeria Lagos $0.38
  • Venezuela Caracas $0.12

In a few Latin America and Middle-East nations, such as Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, oil is produced by a government-owned company and local gasoline prices are kept low as a benefit to the nation's citizens, he said. All prices updated March, 2005.


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If this is not enough incentive
to wean oneself away from fossil fuels then I don't know what is...
by Parker 2005-05-09 09:19AM | 0 recs
Re: If this is not enough incentive
If only you have ever stepped foot in Findland...
by Parker 2005-05-09 12:52PM | 0 recs
Carter does have a point
I don't think five dollar a gallon gasoline is the answer.  Certainly not $1300 for a driver's license.  Now, an additional fifty cents a gallon tax is probably a good idea, but even that is not sellable politically in the US.

Instead, my solution would be to apply the gas guzzler taxes across the board to SUVs and trucks (and possibly increasing the size of the tax), with such being rebatable to people who used the trucks in businesses that actually need such huge vehicles (IE farmers and construction workers, for example).  I would increase the fleet MPG for such vehicles, although probably not to the level of cars.  I would certainly repeal such incentives that allow people to write off such huge vehicles off their taxes, even if they are doctors or accountants.

I would then offer tax rebates (higher than the pitiful ones currently offered) on high mileage vehicles and other tax rebates on low polluting ones.  Some vehicles (hybrids) would get both, others (diesel cars) would only get the first.  I would make both technologically independent.  That is, if you could make a low polluting, high mileage car using normal technology (it has been done), great.

I would then give electrical cars an extra bonus, assuming they are more efficent (IE calculate the amount of pollution they would generate to charge) than gas engines, because they use zero foreign oil (although this is moot, since nobody is making electric vehicles any more and GM crushed thier (previously) existing fleet of SV1s).

by Geotpf 2005-05-10 09:15AM | 0 recs
perspective sure helps when complaining about 'high gas prices'.  I guess I'd be interested in seeing what percentage of that number is tax, and where that tax money is spent.

If we taxed our gas more, we'd just spend it on the stupid f'ing WAR department.

by pacified 2005-05-09 09:58AM | 0 recs
Actually... our cost may be...
much, much higher. I don't recall where I heard this but on a radio or tv show the other day a fellow was calculating our gas price as being closer to $16 a gallon when you factor in our military costs and subsidies to oil companies, etc. I have no idea if this guys numbers were good or not but the logic and reasoning appeared sound.
by Andrew C White 2005-05-09 01:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Actually... our cost may be...
Interesting analysis.  Although the same would be true for some of the other nations on the list.  
by Eric11 2005-05-10 10:00AM | 0 recs
Worth noting
The second country on the list, Norway, is one of the largest oil exporters in the world.

They've been saving those tax revenues in a special account which is so big now that the government could run off the interest without collecting any taxes at all (or so it was a year or two ago).

by spandrel 2005-05-09 02:40PM | 0 recs
Not entirely correct. A large part of the revenues from the oil sector goes into an oil fund, which today is about twice as big as the national budget expenditures (and will grow to about triple in size the next 25 years).

But the estimate is that the oil fund will be exhausted in about 2050 as a result of higher spending on Social Security and health care for the elderly, so Norway cant live off the interests as you suggest without collecting taxes.

As a result, there's a pretty similar debate going on in Norway about what to do to firm up the Social Security system.

paul - the half-norwegian

by Paul 2005-05-10 07:51AM | 0 recs
this is exactly why
when i hear americans complain about gas prices i think Shut the fuck up
by ben114 2005-05-09 02:43PM | 0 recs
Re: this is exactly why
... and dump the SUVs
by Parker 2005-05-09 06:15PM | 0 recs
It was explained in Germany to me...
As I filled up my rented Beetle to the tune of $60, I was told that the German government positions the tax as a "green tax." I haven't seen polls or anything, but based on my many trips to Germany, the ever-green German public actually seems content to pay the tax -- they see it as a way of discouraging automobile use to help the environment.

When I asked them if the government was then investing those taxes into public transportation, no one seemed to know. My question did, however, prompt a bitch session about the rising cost of public transortation...

by wordcruncher 2005-05-09 02:49PM | 0 recs
How you establish a debate matters
The Europeans for years have established their position as such:

  • Gas on the whole is limited, therefore must be rationed.
  • Automobiles are bad for the environment.
  • Europe is too densely populated not to discourage driving.
  • Taxes, in general, are good as they promote gov't spending.

One the other hand, America has framed the debate as:

  • We can always drill for more (truer than is generally admitted)
  • So what?
  • America is big.  Really big.  Mind-boggling big.  Probably bigger than space.
  • Taxes?! Fucker.

So, the Euopeans have a leg up taxing gasoline.  After all, they have an extensive rail system, in many places running entirely on electric, whereas we have . . . AMTRAK?!

Americans see automobiles as in alienable right, such a shitty beer, firearms, and violent movies.

So, it is simply impossible to bring the AMerican public to the bargaining table long enough to fix the gasoline problem.

by jcjcjc 2005-05-09 07:07PM | 0 recs
its the rate of change that counts.
The problem with rising gas prices isnt the absolute level, as much as the rate of change in prices. A worker in Sweden knows how much they will have to pay in gas, and adjusts consumption, location decisions, and wage demands. When gas prices rise drastically, people still own big cars, live far from work, make the same amount they made yesterday.

The additional burden is then regressively applied to the economy.

by srolle 2005-05-09 05:22PM | 0 recs
The death of the small town
One issue in the US is that geographically it's much larger than any of those, and it's hard to have high prices in the city while you have much lower ones the further you get from the city. Looking down that list with my traditionally poor American grasp of world geography, I think that Russia and South Africa are geographically the largest nations on it, and they're also near the bottom price-wise.

I'd be interested in seeing the same basic list, but with a comparison to the population density in persons/square mile.

by fencepost 2005-05-10 05:16AM | 0 recs


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