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Polish Letters Cost a Packet
May 20, 2009   
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4.1 trillion dollars is how much the ongoing financial crisis may cost the world, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Poland ranks seventh in Europe among countries with the highest cost of mailing a letter, according to an annual survey conducted by the German postal service, Deutsche Post, in March.

The survey shows that postal services in Nordic countries charge the highest prices for mailing domestic letters in Europe. In Norway, the cost of sending letters is 0.97 euros; in Finland it is 0.80 euros, and in Denmark 0.74 euros. Prices in Switzerland, Italy and Poland are also high; sending a standard piece of correspondence in these countries costs around 0.60 euros. The average European price for a domestic letter is 0.51 euros, 0.03 euros more than last year, the survey shows. As for letters sent within Europe, the most expensive postal service is in Portugal (1.85 euros) and the cheapest in Malta (0.37 euros). The average cost of sending a letter outside one's country is 0.80 euros. The Polish postal service came in seventh on this count, with 0.85 euros.

Analysts say Poland's position in the league table will improve after the country's postal market is fully liberalized in 2013 and more private operators appear on the market.

Poland's largest private postal operator, InPost, is preparing to start handling foreign correspondence. At present the company only offers domestic mail services whereby a regular local letter delivered within a single city's administrative limits costs zl.1. Sending a standard regular letter weighing over 50 grams from an InPost outlet costs zl.1.20 (0.27 euros), less than at Poczta Polska (zl.1.70 or 0.39 euros) and half the European average.

Overall, the survey shows that Eastern Europe accounts for nine of 10 countries charging the highest postage fees in Europe. The cost of sending a standard letter is the highest in Bulgaria, at 2.72 euros, while Slovenia has the lowest fee, at 0.29 euros. Poland, with 1.36 euros, is third among the most expensive countries.

The survey was conducted in the 27 European Union member countries as well as Switzerland and Norway, which belong to the European Free Trade Association.
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