Visitors to the EFTA States are frequently astonished at the high prices for goods and services. Official statistics confirm that the price levels in Iceland, Switzerland and Norway are the highest in Europe. In 2017, the overall price level in Iceland was 72 percent higher than the EU average, while the corresponding figures for Switzerland and Norway were 66 and 52 percent.
Although there have been substantial changes over time, Norway and Switzerland have been among the most expensive countries in Europe at least since the 1990s. High productivity of the work force, with corresponding high salaries, is an important factor behind the high price levels. Other factors influencing a country's price level are exchange rates and inflation.
You may know that as part of the EEA agreement, Eurostat publishes EFTA data. However, information about EFTA States is not always part of any analysis in our publications.
To overcome this and provide users with complementary data, the EFTA office has decided to start publishing ad-hoc statistical bulletins. These bulletins will include detailed EFTA figures together with analysis. They intend to provide such bulletins, covering various subjects, at least twice a year.
The first of the series was published in July. The “Trade in Goods and Trading Partners of EFTA Member States 2017”, takes a look at the trading patterns of the four states generally and in one table with the UK in particular.
All data is taken from COMEXT with Statistics Norway supplying additional data.
The brochure "Liechtenstein in Figures 2018" provides key statistics on Liechtenstein in easy-to-understand tables and charts. To help you find the information you are looking for quickly, the brochure is divided into 12 topics.
Ms. Andrea Scheller has started her new assignment as Director General of the Office of Statistics Liechtenstein. She holds an M. Sc. in Geography and an M.A. in Society, Science and Technology.
Before joining the Office of Statistics Liechtenstein she was the Director of the EFTA Statistical Office in Luxembourg for six years. Previously, she has also worked at the Swiss Federal Statistical Office and at Eurostat as seconded national expert.