The gas prices in Germany will rise with the new, national CO2 price. However, Germany is currently only in the middle in Europe – and will not soon be one of the expensive gas countries.
VConsumers in Germany pay less for gas than the average for the countries of the European Union. This emerges from a comparison of the Internet portal Verivox, which is available exclusively to the FAZ. In contrast to electricity, Germany does not occupy a leading position in this energy source, but is at best in the middle. If the gas prices are adjusted for purchasing power, Germany is even one of the cheapest countries in Europe. Including all taxes and duties, consumers in this country had to pay an average of 5.89 cents per kilowatt hour in the second half of 2019. The average for the countries of the European Union, on the other hand, was 6.7 cents per kilowatt hour.
The Swedes paid by far the highest gas price in the EU at 11.67 cents per kilowatt hour. The second highest costs were due in Spain at 10.21 cents, followed by the Netherlands at 9.65 cents per kilowatt hour. The lowest gas prices were in Romania at 3.32 cents, Hungary at 3.34 cents and Latvia at 3.51 cents per kilowatt hour. If the local purchasing power is taken into account, the gas price is one of the cheapest, the authors of the study continue to write: Only in Luxembourg, Great Britain, Latvia and Belgium is the household budget less burdened by natural gas. Adjusted for purchasing power, natural gas is the most expensive in Spain, Sweden and Italy.