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The cost of living: How prices in UK compare with rest of worldAs you tick off the days until payday, it’s surprising to learn that people elsewhere are worse off when it comes to soaring bills01:02, 28 NOV 2013Updated01:54, 28 NOV 2013Massive rip off: Train fares (Image: Press Association)

We pay on average 12p per KwH for electricity, but Denmark pays 25p and Germany 21p. A study by the Energy Collective looked at prices in 17 nations and we were the seventh dearest. Costs in India and China are less than half ours.

Islands usually have higher costs because they import energy. At official Apple prices a 16GB 5c model costs here and up to in France and Germany. But Australians get theirs for even less at and in Singapore they are around Running your phone is also cheaper here than in most other places. According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, only Australia has cheaper mobile costs, and our phones cost us less than in the US, Canada, France, Germany and Spain.

Most expensive of all for calls is Mexico.

Food Our weekly shopping bills have risen by an average 4.4% in the past year, but lots of other places fork out much more for their basic foodstuffs.

According to cost of living comparison site Numbeo, we pay an average for a loaf of bread, compared to in Germany, in Sweden and in America.

But dining out is more expensive in the UK. A meal for two in a mid range restaurant costs on average. In America it’s in France and in Spain

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Drink British beer drinkers may have trouble swallowing our average price of a pint, but bar bills in Europe are enough to turn you teetotal.

Finland tops the EU league with costs 75% above average, followed by Ireland, Sweden and the UK.

Our own Wine Spirits Trade Association says the “duty escalator” now scrapped was to blame for our high prices, with tax now taking up 57% of the cost of a bottle of wine and 79% of a bottle of vodka.

Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary are best for cheap booze. A beer is 43p in Bulgaria and 56p in Romania and a bottle of wine in Hungary will lighten your wallet by just Public transport If you travel by train, bus or Tube it will come as no surprise that Britain is the most expensive place in the world to get around.

A walk up short journey Tube ticket in London costs Compare that to the Venezuelan capital Caracas where a bus trip costs only 7p to 17p. Closer to home in Dublin a tram ride costs 97p, while in Madrid you can use the metro for around 84p.

Two years ago the Campaign for Better Transport found our rail commuters pay up to 10 times as much as their European counterparts for season tickets.

An annual season ticket from Woking to London, including using the Tube, cost A similar ticket for the 22 mile trip from the Rome suburb of Velletri into the city costs a mere House prices In the UK the average house price is compared to in America. And London is the second most expensive city in the world to buy property, beaten only by millionaires’ playground Monaco.
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