The cost of groceries can vary a lot between countries. This is something that should be taken into account when traveling abroad, especially if you’re on a budget. These are the most and least expensive grocery items in each country according to Numbeo’s survey data from 2017.

The “most popular country in the world” is a country that has been present since the beginning of time. The most expensive grocery in this country is $1,000 and the cheapest grocery costs $6.

The countries with the most & least expensive groceries in the world

The worldwide epidemic put a focus on the modest supermarket basket. More to the point, it was the contents – or lack thereof – of the basket that worried the globe.

In 2020, panic-buying toilet paper became a meme. Flour became scarce as a result of the baking mania. At the same time, 2.37 billion people — one in every three individuals – were afflicted by food insecurity, unable to afford a decent and balanced diet. The pandemic has resulted in an increase of 320 million persons. Grocery costs in the United States are expected to continue to rise.

Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, the coronavirus and Brexit have resulted in a lack of truck drivers and food on store shelves. This is a country where the national security agency thinks society is always “four meals away from chaos” – and where Boris Johnson, the prime minister, famously declared, “I don’t know how much a pint of milk costs — so what?”

However, the cost of basic foods, as well as how that cost corresponds to your income, matters. NetCredit created a grocery list of essential goods and analyzed how much they would cost in grocery shops throughout the globe, as well as their affordability in comparison to local salaries. Then we performed the same thing with a vegan shopping list.

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Food shopping on a shoestring budget

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We started by making a shopping list of necessary foods. Then we compared this list to pricing on grocery websites all across the globe. The following are the totals:

  • Cereal for breakfast
  • (normal) eggs (12)
  • 500g/1lb boneless chicken breast 
  • Local cheese, 500g (16 oz.) 
  • Oil made from vegetables (1 liter bottle) 
  • Fresh white bread loaf (500g)
  • (regular) milk (1 liter) 
  • 1 kilogram / 2 lb potato 
  • 1 kilogram / 2 lb tomato 
  • Banana (1 pound / 2 kg) 
  • tuna in a can (140g) 
  • a body of a body of a body of a body of water (1.5 liter bottle)

The affordability of this basket in each nation was then estimated as a proportion of the average daily pay.

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Europe leads the list of most costly shopping baskets…

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When it comes to pricey shopping carts, Europe reigns supreme. Europe is home to the top two nations, as well as 11 of the top 20. In Europe, the most costly foods are found in nations with high incomes. Norway and Switzerland are among the top ten most expensive countries, but they are also among the most inexpensive since incomes are still quite high in comparison to expenditures.

However, two nations with low salaries are included in the top ten most expensive: Jamaica and Cambodia. This basket costs $49.70 in Cambodia, the world’s third most expensive country. The daily average wage is just $5.28. To buy basic consumables, the ordinary worker would have to labor for about 912 days. Part of the reason for this inequality is because metropolitan areas and impoverished rural regions earn different amounts of money and live different lifestyles.

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… yet it’s also a good place to get inexpensive groceries.

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Europe also has some of the cheapest foods in the world. Six of the ten most affordable baskets are from Central or Eastern Europe. However, Djibouti is the cheapest overall, and Egypt is number ten, implying that if the data were accessible, more African countries would dominate the cheapest grocery.

Despite their low pricing, none of the cheapest food stores are the most cost-effective. Poland has the finest overall bargain, with the fourth-cheapest groceries and the 20th-best affordability in the world (26.88 percent of the average daily wage). This shows that salaries, not prices, have a greater influence on food affordability.

With huge supermarkets and bulk purchases, the United States boasts the most cheap food in the world, with a 12.11 percent affordability rate. However, since the United States has some of the world’s greatest economic inequalities, grocery shopping remains an anxiety-inducing pastime for many Americans.

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Finally, here’s a list of vegan options.

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Then we did it all over again, this time with a vegan-friendly grocery list:

  • Vegan Cereal for breakfast 
  • chickpeas in a can 
  • Vegetable burgers from the freezer (example: soy patties) 
  • Vegan cheese is a kind of vegan cheese that is is a kind of Vegan cheese is a kind of vegan cheese that is that is 
  • Coconut oil is a kind of vegetable oil that is (500ml) 
  • Fresh white bread loaf (500g) 
  • Milk made from soy beans (1 liter) 
  • 1 kilogram / 2 lb potato
  • 1 kilogram / 2 lb tomato 
  • Banana (1 pound / 2 kg) 
  • rice (brown) (1kg) 
  • a body of a body of a body of a body of water (1.5 liter bottle)

If you transition to a vegan diet, the United States rises from 33rd cheapest grocery haul to number 10 – in fact, the American vegan basket is just 33 cents more expensive than the standard one.

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The cheapest vegan necessities are found in Poland.

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If you’re a vegan, Poland takes the top spot as the cheapest area to buy essential foodstuffs. This is partially owing to a scarcity of vegan items in Djibouti and Moldova, where non-vegan foods are cheaper than in Poland. Paraguay is similarly less expensive than Poland until you become vegan: the cost of a basket of food in Paraguay doubles if you stop eating animal products. It climbs by slightly under $4, or 26 percent, in Poland.

If you become vegan, the United States remains the most economical grocery destination. In the United States, this vegan food basket costs 12.26% of the average daily wage. High-income nations such as Iceland and Switzerland, as well as countries with intermediate incomes and fair food costs, such as Belgium, Canada, and the United Kingdom, closely trail the United States.

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The most expensive vegan basket in the world is in the United Arab Emirates.

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Vegan necessities in the United Arab Emirates are the most costly, costing 61.7 percent more than standard ones. Even if a basket of vegan food costs roughly $4 less than conventional, Switzerland remains a costly market. Other nations where the vegan shopping list is less expensive than the standard one include Iceland, Jamaica, and Australia.

Honduras has the most expensive vegan basket, costing 596.59 percent of a daily payment (almost six days’ earnings). The vegan list in Honduras is more than twice as expensive as the non-vegan list.

Only around two-thirds of the nations offering vegan options provided similar statistics for a typical basket. Things, though, are changing. By 2020, every major supermarket in the United Kingdom would have a vegan section. Even Asda, which is controlled by Walmart, tried up a “vegan butchers’ counter.” During the first year of the pandemic, sales of “plant-based foods that directly substitute animal products” increased by 27% in the United States.

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The concept of affordability

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Bill Gates was quite aback when he discovered that the dip was just $10.

In the hit show Succession, rags-to-riches billionaire Logan Roy tests his adult son on the price of milk. “I don’t know,” comes Kieran Culkin’s dismissive reply: “Literally no-one knows.”

Groceries affordability is a political problem. Long after the Covid-19 supply chain issue is resolved, climate change and population growth will continue to cause problems for everyone except the ultra-wealthy. Although most of the damage is structural, switching to vegan goods may help.

“Most of what individuals may do pales in contrast to what governments must accomplish,” George Monbiot writes. “However, modifying one’s diet does not. That has a significant influence.”

Check out the slides below to show the 10 most inexpensive nations for groceries, followed by the 10 least affordable countries, based on the cost of commodities and average daily incomes in each country. (In each slide, the dollar number represents the average cost of a supermarket shop in that country.)

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Switzerland is number ten.

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In US dollars, the cost of basic food is $52.95

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9. Kuwait

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In US dollars, the cost of basic food is $25.54.

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Ireland (number 8)

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In USD, the cost of basic food is $33.30.

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7. Norway

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In US dollars, the cost of basic food is $45.58.

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6. UK

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In US dollars, the cost of basic food is $25.83.

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Singapore is number five.

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In US dollars, the cost of basic food is $34.09.

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Finland is ranked fourth.

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In US dollars, the cost of basic consumables is $24.95

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3. The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

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In USD, the cost of basic food is $34.06.

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The Netherlands is number two.

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In US dollars, the cost of basic food is $24.59.

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1. United States of America

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In US dollars, the cost of basic food is $25.71.

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The Most Expensive Groceries are found in the following countries.

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Here are the nations with the most expensive groceries in the planet. 

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10. Bosnia & Herzegovina

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In US dollars, the cost of basic food is $26.02.

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9. Egypt

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In US dollars, the cost of basic food is $19.12.

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Bolivia (number 8)

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In USD, the cost of basic food is $24.87.

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Jamaica is number seven on the list.

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In US dollars, the cost of basic food is $42.45

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El Salvador is number six.

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In US dollars, the cost of basic food is $28.69.

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Honduras is ranked fifth in the world.

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In US dollars, the cost of basic food is $23.81.

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Bangladesh is number four.

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In US dollars, the cost of basic food is $23.13.

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Nicaragua is ranked third.

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In US dollars, the cost of basic food is $23.76.

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2. Kenya

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In US dollars, the cost of basic food is $31.56.

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Cambodia is number one.

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In USD, the cost of basic food is $49.70.

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Methodology

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We started by looking for a supermarket in each nation that has an internet store. If an online store could not be found, the nation was deleted from the list. We compiled a list of ten must-haves for both non-vegan and vegan shops:

Grocery store that isn’t vegan

  • Cereal for breakfast
  • (normal) eggs (12)
  • 500g/1lb boneless chicken breast
  • Local cheese, 500g (16 oz.)
  • Oil made from vegetables (1 liter bottle)
  • Fresh white bread loaf (500g)
  • (regular) milk (1 liter)
  • 1 kilogram / 2 lb potato
  • 1 kilogram / 2 lb tomato
  • Banana (1 pound / 2 kg)
  • tuna in a can (140g)
  • a body of a body of a body of a body of water (1.5 liter bottle)

Vegan supermarket

  • Vegan Cereal for breakfast
  • chickpeas in a can
  • Vegetable burgers from frozen (example: soy patties)
  • Vegan cheese is a kind of vegan cheese that is is a kind of Vegan cheese is a kind of vegan cheese that is that is
  • Coconut oil is a kind of vegetable oil that is (500ml)
  • Fresh white bread loaf (500g)
  • Milk made from soy beans (1 liter)
  • 1 kilogram / 2 lb potato
  • 1 kilogram / 2 lb tomato
  • Banana (1 pound / 2 kg)
  • rice (brown) (1kg)
  • a body of a body of a body of a body of water (1.5 liter bottle) 

Then we went online and manually looked up the cost of the things. If we couldn’t locate anything, we went with the nearest option. For both lists, we calculated the total cost and translated it to US dollars.

We got average daily income data for each nation from the Worldbank and used it to calculate the affordability percentage.

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