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(Bloomberg) -- The cost of meat, housing and health care helped push Switzerland to the top of a ranking of 38 European countries, according to Federal Statistical Office data for 2016 released this week. Iceland was the runner up thanks to the price of alcohol, while expensive tobacco propelled Norway to third place. Earlier this year, a study found the price of beef was as much as 150 percent higher than the world average in Switzerland.

--With assistance from Jonas Bergman

To contact the reporter on this story: Catherine Bosley in Zurich at cbosley1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Fergal O'Brien at fobrien@bloomberg.net, Zoe Schneeweiss, Cecile Vannucci

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