Minutes a minimum wage worker would have to work to buy a Bigmac per Country.

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I think that map is a bit misleading.

1. The map says it was created in 2013. So the data must come from even earlier.

2. I’m in Hong Kong now, and the price of anything at McDonald’s is most certainly more expensive than it is in the US. Don’t know the exact price, but everything else I’ve purchased at McDonald’s (fries, hash browns, sausage mcmuffin, big breakfast–end of the night on NYE) are more expensive than the US. **edit: I was wrong and the people who commented below are correct. I just went to my local McDonald’s here in Hong Kong (Causeway Bay area) and checked the price of a Big Mac. [Image here](https://imgur.com/a/LSHUb). One sandwich is HKD 18.80, translating to $2.43 using Google.**

3. Afghanistan doesn’t have any McDonald’s. *If* there are any in-country, they would be on one of the US military bases–and aren’t those considered US soil? Anyway, those bases of course don’t allow any and all Afghans on base. The local nationals permitted on base and use of such facilities would be a select few that are employed by the military as interpreters and such (“cultural liaisons,” etc). They receive a very good salary (by Afghan standards). Source: I’m half Afghan (halfghan), I’ve worked on a military base there, and I recently lived in Kabul for two years.

4. McDonald’s in many other countries isn’t solely about fast, cheap food. In the US, McDonald’s is typically the cheapest prepared food option. But that isn’t the case in most other countries. McDonald’s in many countries is almost a luxury item, where people are buying Big Macs and fries because they want to be like the Americans they see on tv and in movies. Furthermore, McDonald’s exists in other countries partially so travelling Americans have an option that they can trust. Hence, a person making minimum wage in those countries is rarely going to spend his hard earned money on such a novelty item. He’s going to spend it on the items that give him the most bang for his buck. In Korea that would be a bunch of rice and some stir friend vegetables or something. In Afghanistan it would be rice, bread, and some stewed beans. So calculating how much an Indian would have to work for a Big Mac isn’t very telling (especially considering that most Indians don’t eat beef).

5. Furthermore, if you put a Big Mac next to that rice/bread/beans meal in front of an Afghan, nine out of ten would choose the rice/bread/beans. That goes for most of the other countries on that map. This point might not be terrible germane to my argument, but perhaps it reinforces point #4.

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