What $1 buys around the world

In some countries you would think, oh what can I even buy nowadays with one dollar but maybe you should take a closer look at other parts of the world to see what your dollar actually is or would be worth! So what can your dollar buy? A lot. In fact, it’s a little like the world is your $1 shop; by handing over a buck, you can get everything from a haircut to 45 kikiam (fried fish). Here is what a lot of people from all over the world put together!

Pretty interesting and kind of frustration if you are in the areas where a dollar doesn’t really get you a lot.

  • Chester, England: US$1 (63 pence) gets me half a loaf of bread. As for Philippines, one of the best things you can get with $1 is a big bag of sweets to keep in your backpack, to hand out to kids.
  • Vienna: a dollar would buy you a freshly baked Kornspitz (a kind of bread roll), but wouldn’t be enough for a salty pickle from a street market or a short-distance public transport ticket. However, with the change from that Kornspitz, you can visit the museum of applied art (MAK) on a Saturday since it’s free of charge.
  • Tenerife, Canary Islands: it will get you a good cup of coffee in the capital, Santa Cruz, but in the tourist areas of the South you will be lucky if it gets you half a cup.
  • South India: it will give an unlimited servings of rice with rasam, sambhar, curd, papad, 1 piece sweet on a banana leaf.
  • Cebu, Philippines: $1 can get 30-45 minutes of a glorious foot massage
  • Nepal: you can get momo (ten units of dumpling) and a 250ml of coke. 
  • Croatia:  a big scoop of ice-cream.
  • The UK: 60 pence buys you about 3/4 litre of milk, half a litre of petrol/diesel for your car, 2 cigarettes (that’s two single ones, not a packet), 3 apples, 2 days supply of the Sun tabloid newspaper, a small portion of fries from Maccy D’s or a can of coke from my office vending machine.
  • Denmark: you can get a litre of milk, a ciabatta bun in the Godthaabsvej Bakery, a stamp for a postcard/letter with receiver in Denmark, a cucumber or maybe a chocolate bar. 1 dollar = 5,5 danish kroner
  • Budapest: 1 scoop of ice cream/4 small apples/1 plain hamburger at McDonald’s/1 postcard/1 daily newspaper/30 minutes parking in the downtown area
  • Canada: Nothing! Haha. Blame it on Canadian taxes
  • Faroe Islands, a pack of chewing gum, 2 apples at the supermarket, some candy probably, hardly anything
  • Vietnam: you can buy either 1 hat, 1 or 2 magazine(s), 1 DVD, 3 pairs of flip sandals, 5 instant noodle packages or snacks, 1 meal in some cheap food courts. ALOT, rite?
  • In middle Italy: a litre of cheap wine or 1kg Spaghetti or 6 bottles of mineral water and just about one tablet of Ibruprofen which you might need if you drank the cheap vino!!! 
  • Chiang Mai: The question is, what can’t you get in Chiang Mai for US$1? Street food doesn’t usually cost more than that. I even get a cooked to order vegetarian lunch delivered to my office everyday for that price. – 
  • Bogotá, Colombia: A cup of coffee and 2 fresh-baked cookies. Or an arepa with some spicy home-made aji salsa!
  • Seoul: one subway or bus ticket and a mask pack for your skin.
  • Egypt: you could buy a koshary plate which is an Egyptian dish which basically includes spaghetti, rice, lentil and fried onions on the top. Another choice would be about ten Fool (beans) sandwiches maybe even some falafel or in other parts of Cairo just a donut.
  • India:  ‎1USD = around 50 Indian Rupees which can get you a hearty meal of boiled rice, dal, vegetables, pickles, chutney and papads in a Kolkata ‘basa’ …and it’s usually eat as much as you want! – Priyanka
  • Costa Rica: you can buy one papaya, one watermelon, one pineapple… and perhaps a cup of coffee of decent quality. 
  • Los Angeles: one hour of street parking
  • Paris: about 40% of an espresso at Starbucks. 
  • Dubai: a dollar will get you a ‘Jabal Al Noor’ shawarma. 
  • Portugal: 1 espresso coffee. Except if you are in the airport :)


~ by Colorful Soul on 11/25/2011.

One Response to “What $1 buys around the world”

  1. Great post!

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