€1 in 2005 is worth €1.18 in 2016

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Value of €1 from 2005 to 2016

According to the European Central Bank consumer price index, prices in 2016 are 18.21% higher than average prices since 2005. The Euro experienced an average inflation rate of 1.53% per year during this period, causing the real value of a euro to decrease.

In other words, €1 in 2005 is equivalent in purchasing power to about €1.18 in 2016, a difference of €0.18 over 11 years.

The 2005 inflation rate was 2.20%. The inflation rate in 2016 was 0.24%. The 2016 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 1.37% per year between 2016 and 2020.


Inflation from 2005 to 2016
Cumulative price change 18.21%
Average inflation rate 1.53%
Converted amount (€1 base) €1.18
Price difference (€1 base) €0.18
CPI in 2005 84.802
CPI in 2016 100.242
Inflation in 2005 2.20%
Inflation in 2016 0.24%

EUR Inflation since 1996
Annual Rate, the European Central Bank CPI
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Buying power of €1 in 2005

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for €1 in 2005 (price index tracking began in 1996).

For example, if you started with €1, you would need to end with €1.18 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When €1 is equivalent to €1.18 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single Euro euro decreases over time. In other words, a euro will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a euro over time. By calculating the value in 2005 dollars, the chart below shows how €1 is worth less over 11 years.

According to the European Central Bank, each of these EUR amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Euro inflation: 2005-2016
Year Euro Value Inflation Rate
2005 €1.00 2.20%
2006 €1.02 2.21%
2007 €1.04 2.17%
2008 €1.08 3.34%
2009 €1.08 0.32%
2010 €1.10 1.61%
2011 €1.13 2.72%
2012 €1.16 2.50%
2013 €1.17 1.35%
2014 €1.18 0.43%
2015 €1.18 0.03%
2016 €1.18 0.24%
2017 €1.20 1.54%
2018 €1.22 1.67%
2019 €1.23 0.78%
2020 €1.25 1.50%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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This conversion table shows various other 2005 amounts in 2016 euros, based on the 18.21% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a euro in 2016
Initial value Equivalent value
€1 euro in 2005 €1.18 euros in 2016
€5 euros in 2005 €5.91 euros in 2016
€10 euros in 2005 €11.82 euros in 2016
€50 euros in 2005 €59.10 euros in 2016
€100 euros in 2005 €118.21 euros in 2016
€500 euros in 2005 €591.04 euros in 2016
€1,000 euros in 2005 €1,182.07 euros in 2016
€5,000 euros in 2005 €5,910.36 euros in 2016
€10,000 euros in 2005 €11,820.72 euros in 2016
€50,000 euros in 2005 €59,103.59 euros in 2016
€100,000 euros in 2005 €118,207.19 euros in 2016
€500,000 euros in 2005 €591,035.95 euros in 2016
€1,000,000 euros in 2005 €1,182,071.89 euros in 2016

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for €1, 2005 to 2016

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 2005 and 2016:

CPI in 2016 CPI in 2005
×
2005 EUR value
=
2016 EUR value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Euro CPI was 84.80166667 in the year 2005 and 100.2416667 in 2016:

100.241666784.80166667
×
€1
=
€1.18

€1 in 2005 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as €1.18 in 2016.

To get the total inflation rate for the 11 years between 2005 and 2016, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2016 - CPI in 2005CPI in 2005
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (11 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

100.2416667 - 84.8016666784.80166667
×
100
=
18%

News headlines from 2005

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

  • Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak asks Parliament to amend Article 76 and orders constitutional changes in order to allow multi-candidate presidential elections.
  • Syria's 29-year-long military domination of Lebanon ends, after it withdraws the last of its 14,000 troops under international pressure.
  • A coordinated bomb attack hits London's public transport system, during the morning rush hour, killing 52 and injuring a further 700 people.
  • Angela Merkel becomes first female Chancellor of Germany.

Data Source & Citation

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: “€1 in 2005 → 2016 | Euro Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 5 Dec. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/europe/inflation/2005?amount=1&endYear=2016.

Special thanks to QuickChart for their chart image API, which is used for chart downloads.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.


Ian Webster

About the author

Ian Webster is an engineer and data expert based in San Mateo, California. He has worked for Google, NASA, and consulted for governments around the world on data pipelines and data analysis. Disappointed by the lack of clear resources on the impacts of inflation on economic indicators, Ian believes this website serves as a valuable public tool. Ian earned his degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

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Inflation from 2005 to 2016
Cumulative price change 18.21%
Average inflation rate 1.53%
Converted amount (€1 base) €1.18
Price difference (€1 base) €0.18
CPI in 2005 84.802
CPI in 2016 100.242
Inflation in 2005 2.20%
Inflation in 2016 0.24%