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Beer More Expensive in Iceland Than Anywhere Else in Europe

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Beer More Expensive in Iceland Than Anywhere Else in Europe

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In news unlikely to surprise anyone who’s been out on the town in Reykjavík any time recently, beer is more expensive in Iceland than in any other country in Europe. This finding comes per cost-of-living data aggregator Numbeo, in a price comparison of half a liter of domestic beer around the world.

Interestingly, when mbl.is first reported on the data on Friday, Iceland was ranked number one, worldwide. As of writing, however, it’s global ranking has fallen somewhat.

Half a liter of domestic beer in Iceland is, on average, 8.53€, making it Europe’s most expensive. Norway comes in second place, at 8.36€ per half liter, followed by Denmark at 6.04€. Finland and Switzerland round out the top five at 6.00€ and 5.98€, respectively. Meanwhile, Europe’s cheapest beer is sold in Ukraine for just .56€.

When prices are compared worldwide, however, Iceland comes in third place for most expensive beer. Qatar is currently ranked first, at 8.93€ per half liter, and the United Arab Emirates is second at 8.85€. Worldwide, Iran sells the world’s cheapest beer, at just .54€.

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