The prices in Turkey compare unfavorably with European countries like France and Germany, where gas costs $1.50 and $1.59 per liter, respectively.
The reason for the high prices at the pump in Turkey is the tax places on benzene products by the government. Taxes placed on refineries in Turkey can go as high as %71. And for every 100 lira paid out for gas in Turkey, the government claims 71 lira as tax. According to research by International Energy Agency, the country which follows second after Turkey on gas taxation is England. In last place is the US, which places less tax on gas at the pump than any other country in the world. The amount of tax reflected in the price per liter of gas in the US is only around %16.