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Countries that spend least, most on food and drinks

Last updated on: March 18, 2013 08:49 IST

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As the country develops, people spend less income on buying food and more on enjoyable things in life.

Let's take a look at 20 countries that spend least and most on food, alcohol and tobacco.

Source: The Economist

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The United States

Total household spending on food: 7 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 2 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $43

Global rank in least spending as percentage of income: 1

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The United Kingdom

Total household spending on food: 9 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 6 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $43

Global rank in least spending as percentage of income: 2

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South Korea

Total household spending on food: 12 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 3 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $29

Global rank in least spending as percentage of income: 3

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Image: Staff work at the Marco Polo restaurant at the Grand Intercontinental Hotel in the Gangnam area of Seoul, South Korea.
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France

Total household spending on food: 13 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 4 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $63

Global rank in least spending as percentage of income: 4

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Brazil

Total household spending on food: 16 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 2 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $23

Global rank in least spending as percentage of income: 5

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Japan

Total household spending on food: 15 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 2 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $77

Global rank in least spending as percentage of income: 6

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Greece

Total household spending on food: 17 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 5 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $69

Global rank in least spending as percentage of income: 7

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Iran

Total household spending on food: 22 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 1 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $12

Global rank in least spending as percentage of income: 8

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China

Total household spending on food: 21 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 3 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $9

Global rank in least spending as percentage of income: 9

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South Africa

Total household spending on food: 19 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 4 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $17

Global rank in least spending as percentage of income: 10

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Image: Trader Nono Dawane greets customers at her small shop selling cigarettes and cold drinks in Cape Town's Khayelitsha township, South Africa.
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Vietnam

Total household spending on food: 22 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 3 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $4

Global rank in least spending as percentage of income: 11

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Mexico

Total household spending on food: 23 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 2 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $30

Global rank in most spending as percentage of income: 11

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Saudi Arabia

Total household spending on food: 26 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 1 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $30

Global rank in most spending as percentage of income: 10

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Hungary

Total household spending on food: 17 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 10 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $25

Global rank in most spending as percentage of income: 9

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India

Total household spending on food: 26 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 3 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $5

Global rank in most spending as percentage of income: 8

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Indonesia

Total household spending on food: 32 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 5 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $12

Global rank in most spending as percentage of income: 7

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Russia

Total household spending on food: 31 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 6 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $38

Global rank in most spending as percentage of income: 6

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Pakistan

Total household spending on food: 42 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 1 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $7

Global rank in most spending as percentage of income: 5

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Kenya

Total household spending on food: 41 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 2 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $5

Global rank in most spending as percentage of income: 4

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Egypt

Total household spending on food: 43 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 3 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $19

Global rank in most spending as percentage of income: 3

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Belarus

Total household spending on food: 42 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 5 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $26

Global rank in most spending as percentage of income: 2

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Cameroon

Total household spending on food: 47 per cent

Total household spending on alcohol and tobacco: 2 per cent

Spending per person per week on food: $9

Global rank in most spending as percentage of income: 1


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