The real worth of $5: Video reveals how far your money



f you like a beer or two to relax at the end of the day then, bizarrely, you might want to consider moving to China.

Although its a country not known for its brewing traditions, just $5 (£3.28) will get you a whopping 12 bottles of Tsingtao or Moutai beer in the People's Republic.

That compares to just two bottles of Newcastle Brown ale the same amount will get you in a British off-licence, and four small 12-oz cabs of Pabst Blue Ribbon from an American liquor store.
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Who's ready for a party? Just $5 dollars will buy you this impressive haul of lager from a Chinese supermarket





Enough for a quiet night in maybe: The same amount will get you four tins of Blue Ribbon from a U.S. store





The students' favourite: In UK money it works out as £3.28, enough for just two bottles of Newkie Brown





No wonder they work so hard: ¥496 will only get a Japanese salaryman a single tin of Sapporo after a long day

But if you think that's unfair, pity the poor Japanese lager lover, whose $5 (¥496) will only afford him a single can of Sapporo.

Differences in prices for the working man's favourite tipple have been revealed in a new YouTube clip comparing what $5 will buy you in food around the world.


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It compares prices for bananas, coffee, beef, rice, potatoes, eggs and (of course) beer in countries ranging from Italy to Ethiopa.

The clever cost-of-living visualisation reveals that not only is beer cheap in China, but eggs and, perhaps unsurprisingly, rice too (although the latter is cheaper still in Afghanistan).






A staple for some: £5 will buy you seven pounds of rice in the U.S. and 12lb in China, where it's popular









Your grocery shopping will go further in Afghanistan, however. But the poor Japanese lose out again




Bodybuilders' choice: British beef comes in at a budget price, cheapest among the countries surveyed





Rawhide: Even the cattle-ranching cowboys of the U.S. get less for their $5 in beef mince





The Chinese get just a single pound of the stuff for the same money, and average incomes there are lower





No wonder they call us rosbifs: Beef mince in a French supermarché costs three times as much as in Britain

But sail just a few miles to Japan and, one assumes, high demand and a lack of farming land in that country means rice is an incredible six times more expensive.

Hard-pressed British shoppers might be surprised to learn that, despite several years of food-price inflation, minced beef is cheaper in our supermarkets France, China and even the cattle-ranching U.S.

Of course, many of the results are not exactly shocking, but the film offers an intriguing insight into how different economies around the globe have vastly different costs of living.

It has been put together by BuzzFeed from a range of authoritative sources and, although it was posted on YouTube just last Friday, has already had nearly 1.5million views.

Lucas Lima, a user on the video sharing site, commented: 'Good bye, I'm going to China.'
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