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In brief

International comparison of prices

Spatial price comparisons are used to identify structural differences between places and/or regions. In the German statistical system, such comparisons currently are made only for the international level.

Price developments over time, however, are a focus of short-term economic monitoring.

Place-to-place index numbers

The Federal Statistical Office calculates place-to-place index numbers for purposes of determining the remuneration of public officials and soldiers sent abroad. They indicate by how much the cost of living at a foreign duty station differs from the cost of living in Berlin.

The monthly place-to-place index numbers are published for all duty stations of German missions abroad.

Purchasing power parities

The purchasing power parities calculated by Eurostat are based on prices collected by the national statistical offices. They allow spatial comparisons between prices paid in different countries for an internationally coordinated basket of goods.

Information and results for the European level are available from Eurostat, for the level of the Member States from the OECD.

The calculation of parities of consumer prices was discontinued with the end of reference year 2009.


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