I’d stumbled across this Imgur gallery with the title ‘Families from around the world and their food supply’. While I liked the idea, they were presented in alphabetical order, and I wanted to see them ranked by out-of-pocket costs. I’ve re-posted the set here, with better HTML formatting, local currencies were converted to U.S. Dollars, then sorted via descending cost.
Below, find 24 worldwide countries (and the specific state or province) along with their typical weekly food costs to feed a family. Coming in at #1, Chad is continental Africa spends mere pocket change every week to feed a family. You’d think that the United States might be the most expensive, but scroll down and see where we rank…
Chad, Breidjing Camp (USD $1.23)
Typical Foods: Soup with fresh sheep meat
Bhutan, Shingkhey Village (USD $5.03)
Typical Foods: Mushroom, Cheese, Pork
Mali, Kouakourou (USD $26.39)
Typical Foods: Natomo Family rice dish
Ecuador, Tingo (USD $31.55)
Typical Foods: Potato soup with cabbage
India, Ujjain (USD $39.27)
Typical Foods: Sangeeta Patkar’s Poha (Rice Flakes)
Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar (USD $40.02)
Typical Foods: Mutton dumplings
Egypt, Cairo (USD $68.53)
Typical Foods: Okra and mutton
Guatemala, Todos Santos (USD $75.70)
Typical Foods: Turkey stew, Susana Mendoza’s sheep soup
Turkey, Istanbul (USD $145.88)
Typical Foods: Melahat Celik’s puffed pastries
Poland, Konstancin-Jeziorna (USD $151.27)
Typical Foods: Pig’s knuckles with carrots, Celery, Parsnips
China, Beijing (USD $155.06)
Typical Foods: Fried shredded pork with sweet and sour sauce
Mexico, Cuernavaca (USD $189.09)
Typical Foods: Pizza, Crab, Pasta, Chicken
Kuwait, Kuwait City (USD $221.45)
Typical Foods: Chicken biryani with basmati rice
Great Britain, Cllingbourne Ducis (USD $253.15)
Typical Foods: Avocado, Mayonnaise sandwich, Prawn cocktail, Chocolate fudge cake with cream
Italy, Sicily (USD $260.11)
Typical Foods: Fish, Pasta with ragu, Hot dogs, Frozen fish sticks
Greenland, Cape Hope (USD $277.12)
Typical Foods: Polar bear, Narwhal skin, Seal stew
Japan, Kodaira City (USD $317.25)
Typical Foods: Sashimi, Fruit, Cake, Potato chips
Germany, Hamburg (USD $325.81)
Typical Foods: Salads, Shrimp, Buttered vegetables, Sweet rice with cinnamon and sugar, Pasta
Canada, Iqaluit, Nunavut Territory (USD $326.92)
Typical Foods: Narwhal, Polar bear, Extra cheese stuffed crust pizza, Watermelon
United States, North Carolina (USD $341.98)
Typical Foods: Spaghetti, Potatoes, Sesame chicken
Australia, River View (USD $376.45)
Typical Foods: Marge Brown’s Quandong (Australian peach), Pie, Yogurt
France, Montreuil (USD $419.95)
Typical Foods: Delphine Le Moine’s apricot tarts, Pasta carbonara, Thai food
Luxembourg, Erpeldange (USD $465.84)
Typical Foods: Shrimp pizza, Chicken in wine sauce, Turkish kebabs
Norway, Gjerdrum (USD $731.71)
Typical Foods: Mutton in cabbage, Lasagne, Chocolate
Not surprisingly, a few countries in Europe cost far more in food per week, and Australia is also more expensive. Norway is nearly 600 times more expensive than Chad. Next time you pick up a loaf of bread, consider paying 600 times the cost for the same thing!
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