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Indians have to work most to buy a bottle of beer

Last updated on: September 26, 2012 10:48 IST

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How many hours of work does it take to buy a half a litre of beer at a retail outlet?

According to UBS, a Swiss bank, it takes a German earning the national median wage just under seven minutes of work to purchase half a litre bottle.

Let's see how many minutes it takes in 28 countries, including India, around the world.

Source: The Economist

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Image: A waitress carries beer after the opening of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.
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India

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 54 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $1.40

Global rank: 1

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Image: Shoppers leave a retail store inside a shopping mall in Mumbai.
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The Philippines

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 38 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $1.15

Global rank: 2

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Image: A dancer performs during the Kalesa Festival in Manila.
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Colombia

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 36 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $2.75

Global rank: 3

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Image: A cafe in Bogota.
Photographs: Fredy Builes/Reuters
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Nigeria

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 28 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $0.54

Global rank: 4

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Image: An aerial view shows the central business district in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos.
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Vietnam

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 27 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $0.70

Global rank: 5

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Image: Tourists sit on stools and drink beer at the old quarters in Hanoi.
Photographs: Nguyen Huy Kham/Reuters
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South Africa

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 24 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $1.80

Global rank: 6

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Thailand

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 23 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $1.40

Global rank: 7

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Image: A view of Bangkok.
Photographs: Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters
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Brazil

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 21 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $1.70

Global rank: 8

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Image: People ride horses along a main avenue in the financial centre of Sao Paulo during World Car Free Day.
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Japan

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 17 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $4.15

Global rank: 9

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Image: Pedestrians walk on the street at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo.
Photographs: Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters
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Mexico

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 16 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $1.60

Global rank: 10

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The United Kingdom

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 15 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $3.65

Global rank: 11

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Spain

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 14 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $3.05

Global rank: 12

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Image: Tourists stroll along Barcelona's harbour in Barcelona.
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Argentina

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 13 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $1.70

Global rank: 13

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Image: A view of Buenos Aires 9 de Julio Avenue with the Obelisk in the background.
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Italy

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 12.5 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $2.80

Global rank: 14

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Image: Duomo cathedral in Milan.
Photographs: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters
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South Korea

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 12.3 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $2.90

Global rank: 15

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Image: A view of central Seoul.
Photographs: Lee Jae Won/Reuters
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Ukraine

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 12.2 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $0.65

Global rank: 16

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Image: Pedestrians pass an inflatable lotus at Independence Square in Kiev.
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Australia

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 12.2 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $3.70

Global rank: 17

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Image: An outdoor shopping mall in Melbourne.
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Poland

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 12.2 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $1.75

Global rank: 18

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Image: People walk at Plac Zamkowy in Warsaw's Old Town.
Photographs: Kacper Pempel/Reuters
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Russia

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 12 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $1.40

Global rank: 19

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Image: A view of the Metropol hotel in Moscow.
Photographs: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters
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Canada

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 11 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $3.20

Global rank: 20

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France

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 10 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $2.45

Global rank: 21

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China

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 8 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $0.55

Global rank: 22

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Image: China Maritime Museum at the Shanghai Lingang Industrial Park.
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Romania

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 7 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $0.80

Global rank: 23

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The Netherlands

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 6 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $2.48

Global rank: 24

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Image: Tourists cycle as they drink beer and sing karaoke on a beer bike in Amsterdam.
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Germany

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 5 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $1.90

Global rank: 25

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Image: Revellers scuffle for the first free beer in the traditional one-litre beer mug at the opening of the World's biggest beer fest, the Munich Oktoberfest, at the Theresienwiese in Munich.
Photographs: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
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Czech Republic

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 4 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $1.25

Global rank: 26

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Image: British tourists drink beer in central Prague.
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The United States

Minutes of work needed to buy 500ml of beer: 3 minutes

Retail price for 500ml of beer: $1.80

Global rank: 27


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