Bulgaria holds the first place in the EU in terms of cheapest consumer goods, and is next to the cheapest location on the continent, according to a Eurostat study released Tuesday.
Bulgaria heads the ranking for average price of goods at 51% of the EU average, with Denmark being the most expensive country at 143% and the UK sitting comfortably in the middle at 100%.
Other expensive countries include Luxembourg and Sweden (120%), Ireland (118%) Belgium and France (both 112%).
The next cheapest are Bulgaria's neighbor Romania at 59%, followed by Lithuania and Poland (both 63%).
Bulgaria also leads the ranking in each of the categories examined, namely Food and non-alcoholic beverages; Alcoholic beverages and tobacco; Clothing; Consumer electronics; Personal transport equipment; Restaurants and hotels.
Its values are close to those of the countries with the cheapest consumer goods examined in the study, non-EU members Serbia and FYROM.
The most expensive countries are also non-EU members, namely Switzerland at 148% and Norway at 147% of EU average.
Alcohol and tobacco in Bulgaria are 64% of average Union prices, while food and non-alcoholic beverages are 66%.
According to Eurostat, restaurants and hotels in Bulgaria are a spectacular 45% of the average for the EU, beaten only by those in Albania and FYROM at 42%. /Source: Sofia News Agency/