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Three steps in order to calculate the price of gas in Italy? You might be thinking, “can’t I just read what it says on the sign?” Well, yes. And no. To understand how many dollars (or pounds, etc.) you’re actually spending, you’ll need to understand the sign, then do a currency and unit conversion.
Figure out the price of gas in Italy (in USD per US gallon) by using the method below:
1. Commas vs. periods
Commas and periods are reversed in Italy when it comes to numbers. So the number one thousand and one is written 1.001. The number one thousand and one decimal zero one is written 1.001,01. And the number one decimal zero zero one is written like this: 1,001.
2. Currency Conversion
And of course, the price of gas is in Euros, so you need to do the currency conversion. I’m going to use USD as an example.
So: EUR 2.001 per liter converts to USD 2.13 per liter at today’s exchange rate.
3. Gallons vs. liters
Italians buy their gas in liters, so if you buy your gas in gallons, you’re going to have to do a liter-to-gallon translation. One US gallon is 3.79 liters (one Imperial gallon is 4.55 liters).
So: USD 2.13 per liter multiplied by 3.79 equals USD 8.07 per US gallon.
So there you have it: EUR 2,001/liter equals 8.07 USD/gallon. Of course, if you think in another currency or use Imperial gallons, apply the method above to translate.
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