Bulgarian mountains are becoming popular

Borovets, Bulgaria (Nikolai Karaneschev, CC BY)

Fuel prices down in all three Baltic countries

Poland: minimum wage up

Bulgaria

Novinite.com reports, after the Bulgarian National Radio, that the number of trips to Bulgaria’s mountains rose significantly. According to analysis by Eurostat on the development of tourism in 2017 nearly 4.7 million of personal trips were made to Bulgarian mountain resorts, as compared to 2.9 million trips made in the 2016.

The most visited winter resorts were Borovets (in Rila Mountain) and Pamporovo (in the Rhodopes).

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The Baltics

At the end of 2018 fuel prices dropped in all three Baltic countries (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia) — the Baltic Course reports. The highest prices were observed in Tallinn (Estonia), followed by Riga and Vilnius.

In Riga the price of 95-octane fuel at Circle K gas stations reached EUR1.214 per liter and the price of diesel fuel EUR1.214 per liter. In Tallinn it was — respectively — EUR 1.269 per liter and EUR 1.309 per liter. And in Vilnius – EUR1.094 per liter and EUR1.074 per liter.

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Poland

Starting from January 1st, minimum wage has increased, It is now PLN2,250 (EUR525) compared to PLN2.100 in 2018. At the same time, the minimum hourly rate went up from PLN13.7 to PLN14.7 (EUR3.40).

The Polish Radio points out that in September 2018, while announcing the hikes, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki explained that his government wanted the Polish economy “not to be driven low wages, but by rising wages”.

About 1,5 million people in Poland earn the minimum wage.

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What’s up in indexes

BET (of Bucharest) decreased from 7,422.46 index points Friday, December 28th to 7,383.68 index points Monday, December 31st. It’s down 0.52 per cent d/d and down 6.66 per cent y/y.

Monday, December 31st was a non-trading day at the Budapest Stock Exchange. BUX (of Budapest) closed at 39,138.95 index points Friday, December 28th. It’s down 0.10 per cent y/y.

Monday, December 31st was a non-trading day at the Zagreb Stock Exchange. CROBEX (of Zagreb) closed at 1,748.81 index points Friday, December 28th.  It’s down 2.60 per cent y/y.

Monday, December 31st was a non-trading day at Nasdaq Riga. OMXR (of Riga) closed at 929.02 index points Monday, December 31st. It’s down 7.18 per cent y/y.

Monday, December 31st was a non-trading day at Nasdaq Tallinn. OMXT (of Tallinn) closed at 1,162.86 index points Friday, December 28th. It’s down 5.69 per cent y/y.

Monday, December 31st was a non-trading day at Nasdaq Vilnius. OMXV (of Vilnius) closed at 616.90 index points Friday, December 28th. It’s up 0.28 per cent y/y.

Monday, December 31st was a non-trading day at the Prague Stock Exchange. PX (of Prague) closed at 896.56 index points Friday, December 28th. It’s down 8.54 per cent y/y.

Monday, December 31st was a non-trading day at the Bratislava Stock Exchange. SAX (of Bratislava) closed at 332.37 index points Friday, December 28th. It’s up 2.07 per cent y/y.

Monday, December 31st was a non-trading day at the Sofia Stock Exchange. SOFIX (of Sofia) closed at 594.46 index points Friday, December 28th. It’s up down 12.01 per cent y/y.

Monday, December 31st was a non-trading day at the Kyiv Stock Exchange. UX (of Kyiv) closed at 1,705.04 index points Friday, December 28th. It’s up 25.09 per cent y/y.

Monday, December 31st was a non-trading day at the Warsaw Stock Exchange. WIG20 (of Warsaw) closed at 2,276.63 index points Friday, December 28th. It’s down 8.21 per cent y/y.

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