Britain has world’s second most expensive diesel

Think we’re being ripped off at the petrol station when filling up? It could be worse, you could be in Norway

Despite some falls in the price of oil over the past few months, we still pay more per litre for diesel than anywhere in the world – except Norway.

Yes, research from car dealers Evans Halshaw shows that Britons fork out more at the pumps than almost anywhere else on the planet.

The UK also had more tax on diesel than anywhere in the EU, despite the Government shelving a proposed 3p-a-litre increase in fuel duty.

However, while only Norway had higher prices, there are a string of countries that pay more to fill up than us once earnings are accounted for.

It’s worst in Greece, where diesel costs just 1p a litre less than the UK, but average earnings are far lower – meaning filling up regularly would account for almost 20% of your monthly income.

Diesel prices vs income

After Norway, Britain and Greece, the next most expensive country to buy diesel in is Italy, followed by Ireland, Sweden, Iceland and Israel. Denmark and Finland round off the list of the 10 most expensive countries to fill up a diesel car in.

Country

Price per litre of Diesel

Average Monthly Disposable Income After

Tax (£)

Average Monthly Diesel Expenditure (£)

Percentage of monthly income spent on

petrol

1 Norway

169p

2586.06

159.56

6.17%

2 United Kingdom

137p

1625.13

129.60

7.97%

3 Greece

136p

647.38

128.41

19.83%

4 Italy

133p

1081.54

125.57

11.61%

5 Ireland

128p

1721.27

120.85

7.02%

6 Sweden

126p

1757.07

118.96

6.77%

7 Iceland

124p

1303.87

117.08

8.97%

8 Israel

123p

1225.74

116.13

9.47%

9 Denmark

120p

2031.36

113.30

5.57%

10 Finland

119p

1659.35

112.35

6.77%

Source: Evans Halshaw