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    Turkey pays more to fill up its cars than any country in the world

    Hürriyet Haber
    12.09.2005 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme:

    Following the latest two increases at the pump, a liter of gas in Turkey is now past 2 dollars, which puts Turkey in first place in the world in terms of the price of filling up a car tank. Prices began creeping up through July and August, with the cost of one liter of gas going from $1.97 at the end of July, to $2.01 at the end of August, and then, with the latest increase on September 10, resting at $2.09 per liter. 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.


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