Is life expensive in Portugal? We compared food basket prices to Spain, France and England – News

 Is life expensive in Portugal?  We compared food basket prices to Spain, France and England - News

In December, Banco de Portugal announced that the cost of the basic food basket had increased by 21% between October 2021 and October 2022. The rise in inflation, coupled with stagnant wages, caused the cost of living to skyrocket in 2022. door, in Spain, on December 27, the government abolished VAT on basic foodstuffs, such as bread, milk, cheese, eggs, fruits, vegetables and legumes, potatoes and cereals, as well as a support package for various sectors, starting with families with an annual income of up to € 27,000.

Here the The Minister of Agriculture and Food said on Friday, January 13, that this measure is not in the government’s plans. Maria do Céu Antunes, quoted by SIC Notícias, said that “there are a series of measures to support families” that have been implemented by the executive and that they are “more effective than reducing VAT on the food basket”.

We took the calculator, went on a trip without leaving the computer behind, and using as a reference the food basket distributed as part of the operational program to support the most deprived, we compared how much the Portuguese spend when they go to the supermarket to buy food, compared to their Spanish, French and English counterparts. We’ve removed some products specific to Portuguese food, such as Marian biscuits, canned fish and marmalade, reducing the list to 18 products. We have chosen private label products from supermarket chains, without promotions and we have tried, where possible, to specify the price of the products per litre/kilo (although some items may differ due to the size of the packs, which are not the same in all countries) .

Finally, taking into account the minimum wages in each country, we calculated what percentage represents the cost of the food basket.

see the bills

Portugal (continente hypermarket chain)

1 – Semi-skimmed milk €0.86 / litre
2 – Sliced ​​semi-skimmed cheese (200g) € 1.99
3 – Needle rice € 1.09 / kilo
4 – Pasta (spaghetti) 0.80€ / 5eye
5 – Breakfast cereals (corn flakes, 500g) € 1.79
6 – Wheat toast (750g) €2.39
7 – Canned beans €0.74
8 – Canned Chickpeas €0.74
9 – Canned peas €0.79
10 – Whole chicken € 2.49 / kilo
11 – Frozen hake (600g pack) – €3.99
12 – Peeled tomato – €0.89
13 – Broccoli €2.99 / kilo
14 – Spinach (bag of 750 g) € 1.20
15 – Carrot € 1.19 / kilo
16 – Leek € 2.49 / kilo
17 – Olive oil €4.92 / litre
18 – Vegetable cream (500 g) – € 1.37

  • TOTAL: €32.72
  • Minimum wage: €740.83
  • The food basket represents 4.42% of the national minimum wage.

Spain (supermarket chain Alcampo)

1 – Semi-skimmed milk €0.89 / litre
2 – Semi-skimmed cheese (200g) € 2.11
3 – Needle rice € 1.29 / kilo
4 – Pasta (spaghetti) €0.75 (500g)
5 – Breakfast cereals (Kellogs cornflakes, 500g) €2.49
6 – Toast (720g) €2.44
7 – Beans in a jar (240g) €0.63
8 – Chickpeas in a jar (240g) €0.65
9 – Canned peas €0.63
10 – Whole chicken € 3.24 / kilo
11- Frozen hake (pack of 600 g) € 4.33
12 – Peeled tomato €0.69
13 – Broccoli €2.20 / kilo
14 – Spinach (bag of 1 kilo) € 1.87
15 – Carrot – € 1.14 / kilo
16 – Leek – € 4.30 / kilo
17 – Olive oil – € 4.76 / liter
18 – Vegetable cream (500 g) – € 1.79

  • TOTAL: €36.20
  • Minimum wage: € 1050
  • The food basket represents 3.45% of the national minimum wage.

France (supermarket chain Carrefour)

1 – Semi-skimmed milk €0.98
2 – Emmental cheese (200 g) € 1.89
3 – Basmati rice (1 kilo) € 2.15
4 – Pasta (spaghetti, 500 g) € 0.85
5 – Breakfast cereals (500g) € 2.15
6 – Toast (3 x 85g) €1.45
7- Beans in a jar (240g) €0.85
8 – Chickpeas in a jar (240g) €0.75
9 – Canned peas (560g) €1.39
10 – Whole chicken – € 5.25 / kilo
11- Frozen hake € 7.99 / kilo
12 – Peeled tomato €0.79
13 – Broccoli €2.64 / kilo
14 – Spinach (600g bag) €1.19
15 – Carrot € 1.65 / kilo
16 – Leek € 1.99 / kilo
17 – Olive oil (1 liter) € 6.19
18 – Vegetable cream (500 g) € 2.09

  • TOTAL: €42.24
  • Minimum wage: € 1,539.42
  • The food basket represents 2.74% of the national minimum wage.

England (supermarket chain Tesco)

1 – Semi-skimmed milk (1 litre) € 1.30
2 – Emmental cheese (200 g) € 1.41
3 – Needle rice (1 kilo) € 1.55
4 – Pasta (spaghetti, 500g) €1.07
5 – Cereals (500g) – € 0.73
6 – Sandwiches (250g) € 0.90
7- Canned beans (400g) €0.66
8 – Chickpeas in a jar (400g) €0.66
9 – Canned peas (290g) €0.56
10 – Whole chicken € 3.27 / kilo
11- Frozen hake €9.02/kilo
12 – Peeled tomato €0.51
13 – Broccoli 2.17€/kilo
14 – Spinach (900g bag) €1.81
15 – Carrot € 0.55 / kilo
16 – Leeks €2.82/kg
17 – Olive oil (1 liter) € 4.85
18 – Vegetable cream (500g) € 1.24

  • TOTAL: €32.26
  • We take into account for these calculations an average value of € 1715 (minimum wage for full-time employees over 23 years old).
  • The food basket represents 1.88% of the national minimum wage.

Although Portugal is not the country with the highest prices, the effort to buy food products is higher than in the countries analyzed, which have significantly higher wages.