Here's why Ireland is the second most expensive country in the EU
Alcohol in Ireland is more expensive than in any other country in the European Union, new figures show.
Ireland is175% of the EU average for alcoholic beverages and tobacco, according to figures published by Eurostat.
It is followed by the UK (162%) and by the three Nordic EU States – Finland (135%), Sweden (128%) and Denmark (122%).
Among the lowest prices for alcohol and tobacco were Bulgaria (56%), Hungary (67%), Poland (68%) and Romania (69%)
Ireland is the second most expensive country in the EU behind only Denmark.
Irish prices were found to be 125% of the EU average in 2016. This was calculated by comparing a wide range of goods and services.
Ireland is the third highest for cars,motor-bikes and bicycles(111% of EU average), fourth highest for restaurants and hotels and fifth highest for food and non-alcoholic drinks (120% of EU average).
With food and non-alcoholic drinks the highest prices were seen in Denmark (148%) and Sweden (126%) and lowest in Poland and Romania (both 62%).
Ireland is on the EU average for consumer electronics. Prices were highest in Denmark (115%) and lowest in Poland (86%) for these goods.
Despite all this the EU, overall remains a lot cheaper than some non-EU European countries, with prices in Switzerland, Iceland and Norway being much higher.