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The UK is the second most expensive country in the world in which to buy diesel, with an average price of 137p per litre. That’s according to new research compiled by dealer group Evans Halshaw.
The UK came in second behind Norway, which recorded an average price of 169p for one litre of diesel. Prior to the recently published diesel fuel price woes, back in April the UK was crowned the seventh most expensive country in the world to buy petrol.
In Norway, diesel prices equate to an average expenditure of £159.56 per month– 6.17% of that country’s average monthly income. In the UK the spend is around £129.60 per calendar month, 7.97% of average monthly income here; a smaller amount but a higher percentage due to lower average earnings.
However, while the UK’s average diesel price is the second highest in the world, the average percentage of monthly income spent on fuel actually only ranks as the fourth highest overall.
The news of the UK’s high diesel costs comes after the recent postponing of the 3.02p per litre fuel duty rise. Chancellor George Osborne has put off the increase in tax until January 2013, due to the fact that prices at the pumps are impinging on living standards.
This year the UK has been subject to the highest levy on diesel fuel compared to every other country in the European Union.
The top 10 most expensive countries in the world for a litre of diesel on average are as follows:
Norway – 169p
United Kingdom – 137p
Greece – 136p
Italy – 133p
Ireland – 128p
Sweden – 126p
Iceland – 124p
Israel – 123p
Denmark – 120p
Finland – 119p
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