Are fuels in Portugal more expensive than in Europe? See the comparisons

Petrol prices are rising across Europe. Or rather, almost everywhere. In diesel, there are countries where the increases reach almost 30 cents. View country-by-country data

Portugal is not the only case in fuel increase, which rose this week by 10 to 15 cents more than the previous week. According to European Commission Oil Weekly Bulletinin the week of February 28, most European countries recorded an increase of between 0.01 and 0.07 euros for petrol, with Germany being the country with the largest increase, and between 0.01 and 0.09 for diesel, Sweden being the country which increased prices the most in the first week of the war.

The case changes form according to the bulletin for the week of March 7. The increases are already above the 7 cents of the previous week and some countries are above or near the 15 cent barrier. This is the case for the Netherlands (€0.14), Finland (€0.14), the Czech Republic (€0.15), Austria (€0.16) and Sweden (€0.16).

Also in diesel, the increases are higher, with countries reaching almost a 30 cent difference from week to week. The country where gasoline 95 has increased the most is Germany (€0.29). Next come the Czech Republic and Sweden (€0.27) and Estonia (€0.19).

According to the table of March 7, that is to say since last week, the base price of diesel in Portugal is 1.81 € and that of gasoline 95 is 1.92 €. However, since prices are freely set, there are many variations both between networks and between stations.

The graph above this text compares diesel prices in the European Union and the United States, as of March 7 (latest data available, which does not yet include data for this Monday), also comparing the biggest price increases in the previous two weeks.

As for gasoline, the same graph compares changes in Portugal with other EU countries and the United States.

The same data, but in a table, shows price changes from week to week:

Gasoline 21/Feb 28/Feb Difference 07/mar Difference
Portugal 1.81 1.83 0.02 1.92 0.09
Spain 1.59 1.61 0.02 1.68 0.07
France 1.79 1.81 0.02 1.89 0.08
Ireland 1.76 1.82 0.06 1.92 0.1
Belgium 1.7 1.73 0.03 1.81 0.08
Luxemburg 1.58 1.6 0.02 1.66 0.06
Italy 1.87 1.87 0 1.95 0.08
Malta 1.34 1.34 0 1.34 0
Netherlands 2.06 2.1 0.04 2.24 0.14
Denmark 1.91 1.95 0.04 2.07 0.12
Germany 1.8 1.87 0.07 2.07 0.2
Czech Republic 1.54 1.55 0.01 1.7 0.15
Austria 1.48 1.53 0.05 1.69 0.16
Slovenia 1.41 1.43 0.02 1.45 0.02
Croatia 1.53 1.53 0 1.54 0.01
Slovakia 1.56 1.57 0.01 1.57 0
Hungary 1.34 1.3 -0.04 1.22 -0.08
Romania 1.38 1.39 0.01 1.48 0.09
Bulgaria 1.28 1.33 0.05 1.33 0
Greece 1.88 1.91 0.03 1.94 0.03
Poland 1.19 1.24 0.05 1.31 0.07
Estonia 1.66 1.69 0.03 1.78 0.09
Latvia 1.58 1.6 0.02 1.69 0.09
Lithuania 1.51 1.55 0.04 1.66 0.11
Sweden 1.82 1.88 0.06 2.04 0.16
Finland 1.94 1.96 0.02 2.1 0.14
United States (price per gallon converted to liter, in euros) 0.977 0.991 0.013 1.17 0.18

And the United States? Prices have also increased. According to the data available in the Energy Information Administrationin the price per gallon (one gallon equals 3.78 liters of fuel) of gasoline, the first increase was 7 cents and the second was 46 cents.

As for the price of diesel, the increase was 5 cents and the second week – 68 cents.

diesel 21/Feb 28/Feb Difference 07/mar Difference
Portugal 1.66 1.68 0.02 1.81 0.13
Spain 1.48 1.5 0.02 1.58 0.08
France 1.71 1.74 0.03 1.88 0.14
Ireland 1.67 1.72 0.05 1.86 0.14
Belgium 1.74 1.78 0.04 1.92 0.14
Luxemburg 1.5 1.5 0 1.73 0.23
Italy 1.72 1.74 0.02 1.83 0.09
Malta 1.21 1.21 0 1.21 0
Netherlands 1.75 1.79 0.04 1.97 0.18
Denmark 1.66 1.72 0.06 1.92 0.2
Germany 1.66 1.74 0.08 2.03 0.29
Czech Republic 1.5 1.53 0.03 1.8 0.27
Austria 1.46 1.52 0.06 1.72 0.2
Slovenia 1.44 1.45 0.01 1.47 0.02
Croatia 1.54 1.55 0.01 1.57 0.02
Slovakia 1.46 1.47 0.01 1.48 0.01
Hungary 1.34 1.3 -0.04 1.22 -0.08
Romania 1.37 1.4 0.03 1.5 0.1
Bulgaria 1.3 1.35 0.05 1.39 0.04
Greece 1.62 1.65 0.03 1.69 0.04
Poland 1.2 1.25 0.05 1.41 0.16
Estonia 1.51 1.54 0.03 1.73 0.19
Latvia 1.44 1.48 0.04 1.6 0.12
Lithuania 1.46 1.53 0.07 1.67 0.14
Sweden 2.03 2.12 0.09 2.39 0.27
Finland 1.86 1.88 0.02 2.03 0.15
United States (price per gallon converted to liter, in euros) 0.851 0.869 0.018 0.991 0.122

However, as the tables presented show, there are countries where there has been no increase or where fuel prices have fallen. This is the case in Hungary, where a resolution by Prime Minister Viktor Orban created a cap on fuel prices which is in effect until May this year.

In accordance with the government measure, quoted by Reutersfuel prices cannot exceed EUR 1.40 per litre.

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