According to figures published by Eurostat, consumer prices in Ireland were fifth highest in the EU in 2013 at 118% of the EU average. Prices were highest in Denmark (140% of the EU28 average) followed by Sweden (130%), Luxembourg and Finland (both 123%) and lowest in Hungary (60%), Poland and Romania (both 57%) and Bulgaria (48%).
Ireland also had the highest price levels for alcoholic beverages and tobacco in the EU at 178% of the average. Prices were lowest in Bulgaria at 59% of the average.
Food and non-alcoholic beverages were also above average in Ireland at 117% of the EU average but well below Denmark in top place at 140% of the average. Poland had the lowest prices at 62% of the average.
The cost of restaurants and hotels in Ireland was also well above the EU average at 128%. Prices again were highest in Denmark at 149% of the average and lowest in Bulgaria at 47%.
Prices for consumer electronic and personal transport equipment in Ireland were also above the EU average at 105% and 111% respectively.