Friday, April 2, 2010

Benzin... Gas (the kind in your car, of course!)

Mennesker spørger altid mig om priserne i Danmark.
Og jeg indrømmer.... jeg er blevet vant til dem.... næsten.
For eksempel... vi kørte ind til McDonalds i torsdags på vej til Tyskland for en "eftermiddags snak/let frokost"... 2 Cokes, 2 almindelige cheeseburgers (til Mads), onion rings (kun 3 i pakke) og filet o fisk (til mig) og vi betalte 86 kroner... $15. (Dog gav de også en kop af hundemad til Albert...gratis!) Jeg var ikke chokeret så det betyder at jeg bliver mere og mere vant til danske priser... MEN...

People are always asking me about prices in Denmark.
And I admit... I am really starting to get used to them...almost.
For example- We drove through McDs on Thursday on our way to Germany for an "afternoon snack/light lunch).... 2 cokes, 2 normal little cheeseburgers (for Mads), onion rings (with only 3 rings in the package) and a fillet o'fish (for me) and we paid 86 kroner/$15! (However I must tell you that they also gave a little cup of dog treats to Albert..for free!) I wasn't shocked at all which means I really am getting more and more us
ed to Danish prices.... BUT....

Hver gang vi tanker vores bil, ryster jeg mit hoved..... Benzin priser stiger og stiger i Danmark og virker ikke nogensiden at gå ned... selv om jeg ved at de går ned lidt efter lidt i US i det sidste år. Vi betaler allerede 180% bilskat, så kan vi venlig har "a little relief" ved pumpen?!

Each time we fill up the car, I just shake my head... Gas prices continue to rise in Denmark and show no sign of going down.... although I know in many parts of the US, they have been dropping little by little the last year. We pay 180% tax on our cars already, so can we please have a little relief at the pump??
Prisen er per litre... Det tager 3.8litre for at lave 1 gallon... Du kan lave matematik. :o)
These prices are per liter..... and it takes 3.8 liters to make 1 gallon...You can do the math. :o)

7 comments:

GutsyWriter said...

I am not surprised that gas is so expensive and quite frankly, Denmark is supposed to have the happiest people in the world. You have so many forward thinking ways in Denmark, with environmental stuff, and free college and free healthcare. Although I know you pay high taxes, but at least you get something for that. I am still totally shocked that college costs are so high in the U.S., enough for each student, especially out-of state, to buy a nice house. Our house in FL, is less than 4 years of college in Michigan. That's ridiculous. Such heavy loans are crazy for kids starting out.

LadyFi said...

Petrol as we call it is expensive in Sweden too. It costs us around 600 Swedish kronor every time we fill up the car.

However, as petrol is a non-renewable fossil fuel, perhaps it ought to cost more in the US in order to get people thinking more environmentally?

Mads and Kelli said...

Lady Fi, you are right... except I fear that if gas was 10 bucks a gallon in the US, those guys in their big SUVs or pickup trucks would just pay it.... rather than selling their gas guzzler.....

And GW. you are so right. When I told Mads how much I owe in student loans for my masters and doctorate, I thought he was going to die...... until you have those bills, you cannot even fathom how much they really are!

Jacki said...

Unfortunately it isn't that easy to just raise the prices on gasoline over here. Without the kind of public transportation you have in Europe, we here in the US are strapped to our cars. For example, there is absolutely no public transportation that could take Peter to work from our home. So, he has to drive.

I can say that I have seen an increase in the number of people that have been walking and riding bikes around town, so that is encouraging!

I have also observed more and more teenagers driving these days, and so I think a good idea would be to raise the driving age from 16-18. I see no reason why a teenager has to drive to school, for instance, when a bus literally goes past their house each day.

There are many alternatives to just raising the price of something, because as you say, there will be people paying it no matter what.

sient said...

It was USD 0.60 per litre of petrol in Jakarta when I last visited! :|

Alex said...

Driving is something I would miss most if I moved to Europe. I know I couldn't afford a car if I moved to Denmark or France, but I looooove driving. Love, love, love. I grew up in the South, where there's lots of room to drive. I live in Seattle now, and I drive a lot less. I bus or walk to school every day and I miss driving. Driving was my "meditation," where I get to zone out, get into the rhythm and relax. Le sigh. :) It's all a matter of trade-offs. It's worth giving up, but if I do, it will be bittersweet.

Alex said...

except I fear that if gas was 10 bucks a gallon in the US, those guys in their big SUVs or pickup trucks would just pay it.... rather than selling their gas guzzler.....

There's a good reason for it though, aside from our love of cars. Public transportation here is really terrible. I tried bussing once in Dallas years ago when my car was in the shop and it was a terrible, harrowing experience. Even here in Seattle it's bad. Bus routes were cut eight-ish years ago right after I moved here, and again last year. This year they almost made a huge cut that would have cut 80% of the routes, but we narrowly saved it for a another year by passing an additional 20$ car tax. Still, that's just a stopgap. The transit system is slowly going broke. And that's in a city like Seattle. In Tennessee everything is so spread out that there is no way to put in enough transit to make it useful to people when we don't even have the money to pay for schools. It makes me sad.

But yes, people would continue to pay for gas partially because right now we have no other viable options. I know I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. :)