According to the European Central Bank consumer price index, today's prices in 2019 are 43.74% higher than average prices throughout 1997. The euro experienced an average inflation rate of 1.66% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.
In other words, €100 in 1997 is equivalent in purchasing power to about €143.74 in 2019, a difference of €43.74 over 22 years.
The 1997 inflation rate was 1.70%. The current inflation rate (2018 to 2019) is now 0.78%1. If this number holds, €100 today will be equivalent in buying power to €100.78 next year.
|Cumulative price change||43.74%|
|Average inflation rate||1.66%|
|Converted amount (€100 base)||€143.74|
|Price difference (€100 base)||€43.74|
|CPI in 1997||72.555|
|CPI in 2019||104.290|
|Inflation in 1997||1.70%|
|Inflation in 2019||0.78%|
This chart shows calculation of buying power equivalence, often referred to as "the value of a euro" over time for €100 in 1997 (price index tracking began in 1996).
According to the European Central Bank, each of these EUR amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:
|Year||Euro Value||Inflation Rate|
This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:
Then plug in historical CPI values. The Euro CPI was 72.555 in the year 1997 and 104.29 in 2019:
€100 in 1997 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as €143.74 in 2019.
To get the total inflation rate for the 22 years between 1997 and 2019, we use the following formula:
Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:
Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:
Raw data for these calculations comes from the European Commission and the European Central Bank's Harmonized Index of Consumer prices (HICP), which is computed based on the reported consumer price indices in member countries of the European Union.
You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “1997 euros in 2019 | Euro Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 26 May. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/1997-euro-in-2019.
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in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.