Sweden’s expensive food
Sweden is the third most expensive country when it comes to food in Europe, with prices that are 20 percent above the European Union average. Only Norway and Denmark are more expensive, according to statistics from Eurostat and Statistics Sweden. The Swedish prices of fruit, vegetables and potatoes are second highest in Europe after Norway. However, Swedish prices on fish, milk, cheese and eggs are somewhat lower in Sweden than average. Norway (though not a member of the EU) is most expensive in Europe when it comes to groceries (except for fish) and alcohol, being 64 percent above the EU average, and Denmark comes in second with 36 percent over average. With alcohol, Norway is absolutely the most expensive with prices 166 percent above the European Union norm, followed by Iceland and Finland. Sweden comes in fourth place for the cost of alcohol with prices 57 percent above the average. The Baltic countries, the Czech Republic and Hungary have inexpensive food. The Netherlands, Slovenia, Greece and Britain are closest to the average of all the 27 countries in the European Union, and the lowest prices can be found in Bulgaria, Romania and Poland, where the prices on groceries are 30 percent below average.