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UK the fourth most expensive EU country to buy alcohol and tobacco in

Published:  31 October, 2018

The UK has been pinpointed as the fourth most costly country in the EU when it comes to buying alcohol and tobacco.

UK shoppers pay a whopping 57.4% above the EU average when shopping for alcohol and tobacco, according to new research released today by online British market place OnBuy, which investigated which EU countries are deemed the most and least expensive for consumer goods and services by analysing recent Eurostat figures.

Topping the list is ‘housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels’, which set Brits back by an additional 59.2%.

Overall, the UK comes in as the ninth most expensive country for all categories of consumer goods/services, with the cost of living 17.4% above the EU average, the research found.

“With the EU referendum pushing the cost of living in Britain upwards, anxiety regarding the uncertainty of our future continues, but while a post-Brexit future is a mystery, one thing remains certain, living in the UK is not cheap,” said a spokesman

The most expensive European country is Iceland - 71.6% above the EU average, followed by Switzerland (65.6%) and Norway (51.9%), with the least expensive Bulgaria (56% below EU average), Romania (51.6%) and Poland (46.8%).

The research was based on Eurostat data collected between 2000-2017, with a comparison to determine if there has been an increase or decrease per country compared to the EU average.