On of the main issues in Israel’s today’s public agenda is the high cost of living. Since the social protest in the summer of 2011 this issue became central, essential and highly debated in Israel’s public life. As many Israelis became more and more aware to economic issues which have a major impact on their life, international comparison of different databases is often offered. The main question that  one may ask is: is it really that expensive to live In Israel? A short glance on a comparison table that compares the food price changes worldwide may shed some light on this issue and provide another perspective.

In 2012 food inflation was 0.7% and it rose significantly to 3% in 2013. The data concerning other countries varies. In the UK, for example, food inflation was 3.5% during 2012 and it rose to 4.2%. In France, on the other hand, the food inflation was 3.6% and it declined to 2.0% in 2013.

The OECD total change inflation was 2.8% in 2013 and it declined to 1.7% in 2013.

Take a look at the table: