They are paid by Albanian standards, but they pay their electricity bills as if they lived at the heart of Europe. This is the reality of the citizens of this country, who must pay very high prices for this vital service. This phenomenon has been confirmed by the recent official figures supplied by the European Institute of Statistics (EUROSTAT). Based on these figures, with the disposable incomes that they have, Albanians pay at the end of the month more on their electricity bill than the French, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, etc. So, for the purchasing power of an Albanian citizen, 100 kilowatts of energy cost 18.9 euros, while in France, the cost for this amount of energy is 16 euros, in Holland it’s 14 euros, in Finland it’s 13 euros and in Sweden the cost for this amount of energy is 15.6 euros. Overall, the price that Albanians pay based on their purchasing power, is almost the same as the price in the European Union, where this price is 20.5 euros. In other words, energy for Albanians is dearer and dearer and the cost that they pay is almost the same as a European citizen. But, let us not forget the fact that Albanians do not have the same salaries and pensions as EU citizens.
On the other hand, what catches the eye among the figures supplied by European energy experts, is the fact that after Montenegro, Albanians pay the highest electricity prices in the Western Balkan region. According to EUROSTAT, the official cost of 100 kilowatts of electricity in Albania is 8.6 euros. In Serbia, this amount costs 7 euros, in Kosovo it costs 6 euros, while in Macedonia, it costs 8.1 euros. It can even be said that these countries pay a cheaper price for electricity if we take into account their purchasing power. So, while Albanians pay 18.9 euros based on their purchasing power, in Serbia, this indicator equals 14.7 euros, while in Macedonia it equals 18.8 euros.