In the first six months of this year, the price of both electricity and gas for households in Latvia has been lower than the average level in the European Union (EU), according to the data of the EU statistical office Eurostat.
In euro terms, in Latvia, as in Lithuania, the average price of electricity for households in the first half of the year was 14.2 euros per 100 kilowatt hours. The lowest electricity prices in the first six months of the year were in Bulgaria (9.9 euros per 100 kilowatt hours), Hungary (10.3 euros), Estonia (12.3 euros), Malta (12.8 euros) and Croatia (13 euros).
The highest electricity prices for households in January-July in the EU were in Germany (30.4 euros per 100 kilowatt hours), Denmark (28.3 euros), Belgium (27.9 euros) and Ireland (24.1 euros).
The EU average electricity price in the first half of the year was 21.2 euros per 100 kilowatt hours, while in the euro area it was 22.4 euros per 100 kilowatt hours.
The average gas price for EU households in the first half of this year was 6.5 euros per 100 kilowatt hours, but in the euro area it was 6.9 euros.
In the first half of the year, Latvians, like Hungarians, paid 3.1 euros per 100 kilowatt hours for natural gas, which is the lowest price in the EU. The price of gas for households was 3.2 euros in Romania, Lithuania (3.6 euros), Croatia (3.8 euros) and Bulgaria (3.9 euros). Estonian households have paid 4.4 euros for gas.
In the EU, on the other hand, households in the Netherlands (€ 9.9), Sweden (€ 9.8), France (€ 7.9) and Denmark (€ 7.5) paid the most for gas.
Data on gas prices in the first half of the year have not been provided by Cyprus, Malta and Finland, as household natural gas consumption in these countries is negligible.