Comparison of wages and prices of electricity and gas with neighboring countries

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Officials in Serbia often like to point out that the prices of electricity and gas for households are lower than in neighboring countries, but they do not state that incomes here are also lower than in almost all countries where electricity and “blue energy” are more expensive than in our.

However, there are also countries whose residents have a much higher average salary than in Serbia and pay lower electricity bills than ours. Such an example is Hungary, where the average salary is 885 euros and the price of electricity per kilowatt hour is 9.4 euro cents.

However, there are countries in the region with lower incomes than Serbia, but at the same time with higher electricity bills. For example, it is Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the price of electricity per kilowatt hour is 9.96 euro cents and the average salary is 554 euros.

In Serbia, the price of electricity per kilowatt hour is 9.73 euro cents, while the average salary is 621 euro. Austria, whose employees have a salary worth 3,053 euros, allocates 26.16 euro cents per kilowatt hour for electricity. In Italy, where incomes are lower than in Austria, and amount to 1,740 euros per month, the price of electricity for households is higher, 33.57 euro cents per kilowatt hour.

In Romania, the price of electricity per kilowatt hour is 23.4 eurocents, while the salary is 806 euros per month. The salary in Slovenia is 1,304 euros, while electricity is paid at a price of 16.9 euro cents per kilowatt hour. In Croatia, the price of electricity per kilowatt hour is 14.62 euro cents, and the monthly salary is 1,024. euros.

In Bulgaria, the price of electricity per kilowatt hour is 11.1 euro cents and the monthly salary is 686 euros. In Montenegro, the salary is higher, 718 euros, while the price of electricity per kilowatt hour is 10.38 euro cents, which is more than in Bulgaria. North Macedonia (9.46 euro cents) and Albania (9.41 euro cents) have lower electricity prices than Serbia, before Hungary, in the region, but both have lower personal incomes of employees, so that amount in North Macedonia is 511 and in Albania 284 euros.

When it comes to “blue energy”, only Hungary has a cheaper retail price per kilowatt hour, 2.91 euro cents, than Serbia. Two countries with lower incomes than ours have higher gas prices, North Macedonia (12.09) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (4.38).

The price of gas in Serbia per kilowatt hour is 4.03 euro cents. In Italy, the price of gas per kilowatt hour is 11.67 euro cents, in Austria 10.95, Bulgaria 7.85, Slovenia 7.55, Romania 7.41, Croatia 4.43 and BiH 4.38 euro cents per kilowatt hour, Danas writes.