German households paid the most for electricity in the European Union (EU) at €31.93 per 100 kilowatt-hours in the first half of this year, according to the EU's statistical office Eurostat on Wednesday.
Germany's bill is much higher than the average EU household payment of €21.92 per 100 kilowatt-hours in the first half of the year, marking a small increase from €21.34 for the same period last year.
After Germany, Denmark recorded the second-highest power bill at €29, followed by Belgium with €27.02, Ireland with €25.55, Spain with €23.23 and Italy with €22.59.
The cheapest bill among EU member states was in Hungary at €10.03 for 100 kilowatt-hours. Bulgaria followed with €10.24, Malta with €12.79 and the Netherlands with €12.81.
The average natural gas price per 100 kilowatt-hours in EU residences in the first half of the year was calculated as €6.39, down from €6.45 for the same period last year.
The highest payment for natural gas consumed in households in the EU was in the Netherlands at €9.61 per 100 kilowatt-hours.
Denmark paid €8.95 per 100 kilowatt-hours of natural gas and it cost €7.62 in Portugal. In Italy €7.03 was paid for the same amount of natural gas, €6.91 in Spain, €6.78 in France and €6.47 in Germany.
During the first six months of the year, the most affordable natural gas consumption among EU member countries was in Lithuania, which paid an average of €2.79 per 100 kilowatt-hours. Latvia followed paying €2.97, Hungary with €3.07, Romania with €3.17 and Bulgaria with €3.68.
The data in question covers the period before the rapid gas and electricity price increases in the EU.
Reporting by Ata Ufuk Seker in Brussels
Writing by Zeynep Beyza Kilic