The European Statistical Office has published data on electricity and natural gas prices consumed in residences in the second half of 2022 in European Union (EU) member countries.
Accordingly, while 23.5 euros were paid for 100 kilowatt-hours of electricity in the second half of 2021 in EU countries, this figure reached 28.4 euros in the second half of 2022.
Among the EU member states, the cheapest electricity was sold in Hungary. In Hungary, 10.8 euros was paid for 100 kilowatt-hours of electricity, followed by Bulgaria with 11.5 euros, Malta with 12.8 euros and the Netherlands with 13.5 euros.
The largest increases were in Romania, Czechia and Denmark.
Among the EU member states, Denmark was the country that paid the most for electricity. Households in Denmark paid 58.7 euros for 100 kilowatt-hours of electricity. Belgium with 44.9 euros, Ireland with 42 euros, Czechia with 38.4 euros, Italy with 36.4 euros, Romania with 34.1 euros, Germany with 33.6 euros and Spain with 33.5 euros.
The highest increase in electricity prices was in Romania with 112 percent, Czech Republic with 97 percent, and Denmark with 70 percent.
Electricity prices in all EU member countries except the Netherlands and Malta increased compared to the same period of the previous year. In this period, electricity prices in the said 2 EU countries decreased somewhat due to practices such as subsidies and price restrictions.
Natural gas price increased
In the second half of last year, the average price paid for every 100 kilowatt-hour natural gas used in residences in EU countries was calculated as 11.4 euros. The price in question was set at 7.8 euros in the same period of the previous year.
Among the EU countries, the highest payment for natural gas consumed in residences was made in Sweden with 27.5 euros per 100 kilowatt-hours, in Denmark with 20.8 euros and in the Netherlands with 19.3 euros.
In this period, the most affordable natural gas consumption among EU member countries was realized in Hungary. Households in Hungary paid an average of 3.5 euros for 100 kilowatt-hours of natural gas, 4.5 euros in Croatia, and 4.9 euros in Slovakia.
Natural gas prices also increased in 27 EU member countries.
The countries with the highest increase in gas prices were Czechia with 231 percent, Romania with 165 percent, Latvia with 157 percent, Lithuania with 112 percent and Belgium with 102 percent.
The data in question covers the period in which electricity and natural gas prices increased rapidly due to the energy crisis in EU countries.