Filling the tank with gasoline or diesel has never been more expensive for the Norwegians. Worldwide, only Hong Kong has more gasoline than Norway, according to a source Global collection of fuel priceswhich is updated daily.
But does this mean that Norway has the second worst country in the world when it comes to fuel prices?
NRK has calculated how many minutes we have to work to buy one liter of gasoline, compared to other countries we like to compare ourselves to.
Figures show that Norwegians are among those in Europe who work the least to get one liter of gasoline. Only Switzerland and the UK operate at a lower rate per liter.
While the average Norwegian works for just over five minutes per liter, the Spaniards have to work twice as much, 15 minutes. The Greeks had to work for half an hour to buy one liter of gasoline.
There is no help to get it
Higher pumping rates are better than higher interest rateswas one argument from the government.
The war in Ukraine has pushed the prices of oil and gas, as well as gasoline, diesel, and electricity, to new heights.
in response Half of Europe cut fuel taxes. In May, Swedish authorities reduced the fuel tax by 1.30 NOK per liter.
Previously, Denmark, Austria, France, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland, United Kingdom, Poland, Netherlands and Spain Various measures have been taken to reduce pumping prices.
despite Gasoline price is still close to 30 kroner per liter Here at home, there will be no tax cuts from the government this year.
This has led to great discontent among consumers and opposition politicians.
Not a fruitful comparison
– I think it is very appalling for (Finance Minister Trygve Slagsvold-Widom) to sit and watch this. complexion people.
The FRP’s Sylvie Listauge said when the Norwegians had to pay 27 kroner a liter In late May. NRK’s account does not make Listhaug change his mind.
– No, because the wage and price levels of all nations are part of an overall equilibrium. Some countries have relatively high prices for some goods, and lower prices for others. The level of taxes and fees varies greatly between different countries.
Listhaug points out that many in the population earn well below the average on which NRK’s calculations are based.
– Therefore, such comparisons are meaningless.
FRP believes that a small portion of the additional income from the record high income should be from oil and gas to help ordinary people in Norway with billing problems.
unfair to regions
According to NAF, NRK’s calculations are not to the liking of motorists.
One cannot count on this as well as other increased costs of living, according to the organization that represents Norwegian motorists.
– These calculations mask the fact that income is distributed unevenly across the country. In the provinces, wages are on average much lower. The share of electric cars is also the lowest, notes NAF’s Thor Eagle Bradland.
According to NAF, fuel prices particularly affected the villagers. They often have neither the means nor the opportunity to own an electric car. At the same time, they are very dependent on the car.
Public transportation and transportation must be cut off
NHO Transport believes if anyone is given priority, it is public transport and transportation.
– If Norway is to meet its climate commitments, car use must be reduced. We hope that higher fuel prices will contribute to less vehicle usage and lower emissions. But Public transportation should reduce fuel taxes.
That’s what John H. Sturdang, director of NHO Transport, says. It is also believed that commercial transport should be avoided.
– The rise in fuel prices for the transportation of goods leads to an increase in prices for consumers. This leads to increased inflation and an unfortunate distributional effect, which in turn provides a basis for raising interest rates, Sturdang says.
good for the climate
NRK’s calculations show that fuel prices should not fall, as the Millennium Development Goals believe.
– Reducing taxes or compensating for higher fuel prices would make the oil companies more profitable at a time when the industry also enjoys very favorable conditions in general.
Acting party leader Ariel Hermstad fears that too Important renewable energy projects are replaced, when short-term profitability in the oil industry becomes high.
The Millennium Development Goals believe that what is needed is more support for those who have the least, so that they can make everyday life a spin.
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