The Dutch Pay HOW MUCH for Gas?!

by Joey deVilla on May 12, 2008

Dutch blogger George Maschke reminds us that although our gas prices may seem high here in North America (it’s about CDN$1.23 / litre in Accordion City) — high enough that Republican presidential candidate John McCain has suggested a gas tax holiday — they’d be considered a king-sized bargain in the Netherlands. He took this photo of the price sign at his neighbourhood gas station in The Hague on Saturday, May 10th; note that they’re in Euro per litre:

Sign showing gas prices in the Netherlands
Photo by George Maschke.

George did a little math and converted the Dutch prices so that they’d be expressed in U.S. dollars per gallon; I simply did the Euro-to-Canadian dollar conversions to get the prices in terms of Canadian dollars per litre. The results of our calculations appear in the table below:

Gasoline grade Dutch price Dutch price in Canadian dollars per litre Dutch price in American dollars per gallon
Regular €1.559 / litre CDN$2.43 / litre US$9.14 / gallon
Premium €1.673 / litre CDN$2.60 / litre US$9.81 / gallon
Diesel €1.359 / litre CDN$2.11 / litre US$7.96 / gallon

No wonder there’s such a strong bicycle culture in the Netherlands! (Yes, their urban geography helps too.)

Keep these Dutch prices in mind should the predictions of gas hitting CDN$1.50 per litre this summer come true.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

justin May 12, 2008 at 2:32 pm

personally, I’ll be shocked if gas prices DON’T hit $1.50 this summer.

shocked, not pleased.

Elise May 12, 2008 at 7:19 pm

It’s not only in Dutch prices ! It’s average European prices…

Murphymc May 12, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Just cam back from Glasgow where in early May 08, the gas is 1.25 pounds Sterling per litre. That’s $2.50 to us Canucks. Chew on that.

MARTIN ALLRED June 17, 2008 at 10:35 am

If we paid for the subsidy given to the oil companies at the pump the cost of gas in the U.S. would be $10 per gallon. This is the actual cost to us not the $4.40 per gallon seen on the pump.

Andrew April 13, 2012 at 7:40 am

These prices are nothing new to Europeans which is why they have resorted to using other types of fuel that we should equally be using. This is not or should not be rocket science

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