High taxes make Dutch petrol most expensive in Europe

Petrol in the Netherlands is the most expensive in Europe, thanks to high taxes, according to research by German motoring organisaation ADAC.

The organisation says a litre of petrol costs an average €1.78 in the Netherlands, compared with €1.64 in Belgium and €1.55 in Germany. Italy is closest to the Netherlands, with a litre of Euro95 costing €1.73.

The cost of diesel in the Netherlands is the third highest in Europe at €1.44 a litre, one cent below the price in Belgium and two cents below Switzerland.

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