How many litres of petrol can you buy with an average salary in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world?
Petrol price is dependent on many different factors such as crude oil prices on the international markets or taxes or margins established by gas stations’ owners. The value of 1 litre of petrol at the retail point of sale may change overnight, in some countries even by the hour.
Bearing in mind the fuel market instability, Picodi Analysis Team decided to analyse how many litres of petrol you can buy with the average wage in Malaysia and other Asia-Pacific countries. For this purpose, we researched the average fuel prices in the first half of 2019 and cross-referenced them with the latest average wages in respective countries. As our study shows, possessing a rich supply of natural resources does not always mean that petrol will be more accessible for an average consumer.
In search of cheaper petrol
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In fact, the cheapest petrol among APAC countries can be found in Malaysia — on average, for one litre of petrol you would have to pay 49 cents (converted from ringgits). In contrast, in Hong Kong filling the tank is the most expensive — the average price for one litre is $2.15.
The best ratio of petrol price to the average salary in our part of the world can be observed in Australia and Japan, countries where little oil is produced. The average wages there are enough to buy 3783 and 2006 litres of liquid gold respectively. South Korea, with 1908 litres, takes the third place among the 17 researched countries.
Malaysia (5th place) is a country where you can get 1707 litres of petrol with the average salary. An average Malaysian places lower than an average New Zealander (4th place with 1852 litres) but higher than an average Singaporean (6th place with 1598 litres) or Hongkonger (7th place with 983 litres).
Lower in the ranking are countries like Pakistan, Cambodia or the Philippines. In these places, the average salary allows for buying no more than 200 litres of petrol, which is only 5 per cent of the APAC ranking leader’s capacity.
World’s petrol tycoons
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In search of the highest indicator illustrating the amount of purchased petrol, we analysed prices and wages in over 100 countries on 6 continents. The first place in the ranking goes to Venezuela where 1 litre of petrol costs $0.000000002. With the average salary amounting to around $29 we could buy… over 14 billions of litres. But do the citizens of a country haunted by crisis and inflation have reasons to triumph?
The actual leaders of the ranking are the Persian Gulf countries. In Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, the price of 1 litre is around $0.4–0.6 and with the average salary we can buy there from 4900 to 6500 litres of petrol.
The high positions of countries like the United States and Canada can be explained not only by high salaries but also the amount of extracted oil. Switzerland and Luxembourg stand out with high incomes only.
The lowest amount of petrol can be bought in Madagascar (42 litres), Tajikistan (131 litres) and Zambia (137 litres).
One interesting example is Nigeria. Although it is a country extracting and exporting considerable amounts of oil and with one of the lowest prices per litre ($0.40), the really low average wage amounting to $201 does not allow its citizens for buying a big amount of petrol (501 litres).
This report uses the average net wages according to the latest available data provided by offices for national statistics or relevant ministries. The average prices for the first half of 2019 in over 100 countries are based on data from globalpetrolprices.com and other local sources. In order to obtain the number of litres, we divided the average wage by the average price of 1 litre of petrol. For currency conversion, we used the average exchange rate for the last 90 days.
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