The average price of natural gas to a medium-sized household within the EU reached EUR 0.065 per kWh in the first half of 2013. The prices were highest in Sweden and Denmark, on the other hand, Romanians paid the least. Swedes paid on average 4.3 times as much as Romanians.
For household consumers, the tax burden as a share of the total price of natural gas was lowest in the United Kingdom (4.9% of the total price) where a relatively low VAT rate was applied with no additional energy taxes or levies. In Denmark, over half (55.9 %) of the final price of natural gas for household consumers was made up of taxes, levies and VAT.
Between the first half of 2012 and the first half of 2013, natural gas prices for households rose by 4.6% in the EU-28. Prices rose the most in Croatia (up 21.4%) and Lithuania (10.0%), on the other hand, they have dropped in Slovenia (by 16.3%) and Hungary (10.6% down).