Highest and Cheapest Gas Prices by Country

Price RankCountry$/Gallon PremiumPain at the PumpPrice RankCountry$/Gallon PremiumPain at the Pump
1 Norway $9.69 4829Poland$7.0115
2 Denmark $9.37 4230Cyprus$6.9633
3 Italy $9.35 2931Bulgaria$6.945
4 Netherlands $9.35 3732Australia$6.7549
5 Greece $9.23 2333Singapore$6.7045
6 Sweden $8.97 4434Romania$6.597
7 Hong Kong $8.89 3135Chile$6.5417
8 Portugal $8.85 2136Brazil$6.4113
9 U.K. $8.84 3437India$6.061
10 Belgium $8.82 3738Canada$5.7546
11 France $8.72 3539S. Africa$5.728
12 Finland $8.59 4040Seychelles$5.5314
13 Germany $8.56 3641Argentina$5.4416
14 Ireland $8.34 3942China$5.314
15 Switzerland $7.95 4743Thailand$4.966
16 Slovakia $7.93 1944 U.S. $4.19 50
17 Hungary $7.69 1145 Indonesia $4.11 3
18 Czech Rep. $7.59 2246 Russia $3.71 29
19 Japan $7.58 4147 Malaysia $3.00 24
20 S. Korea $7.57 2648 Mexico $3.20 27
21 Spain $7.55 3249 Iran $2.78 18
22 Slovenia $7.54 2850 Nigeria $2.33 2
23 Austria $7.45 4351 UAE $1.89 53
24 Malta $7.32 2552 Egypt $1.73 10
25 Latvia $7.26 953 Kuwait $0.88 54
26 Luxembourg $7.24 5154 Saudi Arabia $0.61 52
27Lithuania$7.241255 Venezuela $0.09 55


The table above is based on this Bloomberg articleHighest & Cheapest Gas Prices by Country“:

“The cost of a gallon of gasoline ranks with bad weather as one of the most universal complaints. In the U.S., the price of gas is getting even more attention than usual this year as presidential contenders battle over energy policy.

What’s lost in the debate is how much the U.S. and other countries actually pay for gas, relative to one another and to their citizens’ wages. The ranking above sorts 55 countries by: a) the average retail price at the pump for a gallon of premium gas (from April 2 to 11), and b) by “pain at the pump,” which is measured by the percentage of average daily income needed to buy a gallon of fuel.”

MP: The world’s cheapest gas is found in Venezuela at $0.09 per gallon (cheaper than bottled water), where the cost of filling up the 39-gallon tank of a Chevrolet Suburban is only $3.51, compared with $163.41 in the U.S. The most expensive gas among these countries is India, based on the “pain at the pump” measure. A gallon of gas costs $6.06 in India, which is about 100% of per-capita daily income (based on annual per-capita GDP of $1,400). If gas was that expensive in the U.S., it would cost about $200 per gallon (based on annual per-capita GDP of $48,387). So even at $4 per gallon, gasoline here is a real bargain.

Based on the price of gas relative to income, the U.S. ranked No. 50 out of 55 countries for the “pain at the pump” measure, and that was based on gas prices at their peak in the U.S. in early April. Now that U.S. prices have fallen by almost 20 cents in the last six weeks, the “pain at the pump” has eased somewhat – so quit your whining about “high” gas prices! Relative to income, we have some of the cheapest gas in the world.

About Mark J. Perry 262 Articles

Affiliation: University of Michigan

Dr. Mark J. Perry is a professor of economics and finance in the School of Management at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan.

He holds two graduate degrees in economics (M.A. and Ph.D.) from George Mason University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA degree in finance from the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Since 1997, Professor Perry has been a member of the Board of Scholars for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a nonpartisan research and public policy institute in Michigan.

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5 Comments on Highest and Cheapest Gas Prices by Country

  1. Why is Venezuela so cheap please expand on the reason. It would also be good to have included the goverment taxes on these.Your last sentance is moot and depends on each person position.

  2. Venezuela is so cheap because they are a net oil exporter and can produce oil at less than $0.09 per gallon. So to keep the populace happy and content the government permits it to be sold at that price. The oil producing company is nationalized.

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