Europe’s most expensive clothing is found in Iceland according to a Eurostat survey within the European Union. Clothing in Iceland is on average 49% more expensive than in the European Union. Icelandic State Radio, RÚV, reports that this could make clothes in Iceland the most expensive in the world.
The survey, conducted in 31 European nations, measured the price of clothes and shoes for men, women and children, in total 285 products. After Iceland, the second most expensive country to shop for clothes was Norway where clothing is 34% more expensive than the average for the European Union.
The country with the least expensive clothing was Romania where clothes were 45% under the average price and Bulgaria 42% under the average price.
Clothing prices within the European Union were the highest in Sweden, 14% above the average price. Denmark, Finland and Italy followed. Clothing was the least expensive in Eastern European countries, Poland and Turkey were 32% under the average price.
The high price in Iceland is, to some degree, explained by tariffs applied twice, higher sales tax and a small market.