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WHERE TO DRINK THE CHEAPEST (OR PRICIEST) BEER?

It’s a tossup between enjoying your beer in the mineral waters of Crimean resorts or the tropical breeze of Ha Long Bay.

Ukraine and Vietnam are the two countries with the cheapest domestic beer in the world (sixty cents per 0.5ml bottle), if we go by the infographic published by FinancesOnline.com, which gives a rather bubbly comparison of beer prices around the world.

We don’t know if it’s a grand brewers’ conspiracy, but we noticed that the cheapest brews are in Central/Eastern Europe and East/Southeast Asia, save for Panama and Saudi Arabia (where non-alcoholic beers are popular).

At the other end of the spectrum, don’t get drunk in Iran, where beer prices go as high as $7.71. To put that in perspective, you can have 13 bottles in Ukraine/Vietnam for a bottle of beer in Iran!

The most expensive list is logical that any sober mind can easily follow. Alcohol is banned in many Middle Eastern countries, hence the black market price (UAE, Kuwait, Iran, Qatar, Jordan).  We also realized beer is expensive in countries with high cost of living (Norway, Singapore); or where logistics is difficult (Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea).  But Australia escapes us, where beer is at $4.45 per bottle.

Australians, too, are one of the heaviest beer drinkers per person every year (second to the Czechs).  So what happens when you mix the country with one of the priciest beers and a people who love beer? You get the country that spends the most in beer per person annually ($748). Oy, now that’s something to look forward to with my Aussie friends.

Check the infographic for more interesting beer facts (something you can brag to your mates while half drunk, maybe).

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