( published 7th February 2002 )


One technique to compare living standards and cost of living in different countries has always been to compare the price of a McDonalds hamburger, as it is identical ( or supposedly identical ) in 127 countries world wide.

A BicMac is the cheapest in South Africa ( EUR 0.91 )...and doesn't surprise me, they only have 1 McDonalds in Cape Town. I asked a South African once why there weren't more McDonalds in South Africa, he answered they weren't successful: "What you call a BicMac in Europe is far too small for us here in South Africa. McDonalds would need to invent a "Double Giant Huge Mac"."

In Euroland the cheapest BicMac costs EUR 2,11 ( Greece ). Then comes Italy with EUR 2,32 and Portugal with 2,44. The most expensive "Euroland" country is France with EUR 2,97. For good order's sake here the prices in these other countries:

Belgium 2.95
Luxembourg 2.95
Finland 2.90
Germany 2.65
Netherlands 2.61
Austria 2.54
Ireland 2.54
Spain 2.49

Interesting isn't it? What about the US then? Well there the BigMac costs EUR 2.87, Israel 3.13, Peru 3.20

...And the most expensive BicMac??? Hmmm??? Guess where....BINGO! In the UK a BicMac costs EUR 3.21. For that price you should really try to chew slowly in order to fully enjoy it.

Have a nice day


A door-to-door vacuum salesman goes to the first house in his new territory. He knocks, a lady opens the door, and before she has a chance to say anything, he runs inside and dumps horse dung all over the carpet. He says, "Lady, if this vacuum cleaner don't do wonders cleaning up that horse dung, I'll eat every chunk of it." She says, "You want tomato sauce on that? We just moved in and we haven't got the electricity turned on yet."