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The cost of feeding a family of four around the world

Ever head to the checkout line at the local grocery store and think that the bill is higher than you expected? MoveHub calculated the typical weekly essentials shop of the average family in the UK around the globe to see exactly how expensive feeding a family of four can be.

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British families with high grocery bills might want to consider moving to the US, Saudi Arabia, or Singapore where the same store items mean you’re spending less of your salary.

Calculating the cost of feeding a family of four

The data is based on a weekly shop equal to the UK average (British families spend around 12% of their salaries on grocery staples), calculated by Office of National Statistics in 2013, and adjusted for inflation. The prices used represent local costs in each country based on purchasing the same items.

This - and the fact that certain items may be more expensive in other countries - is why some countries have a weekly shop that exceeds 100% of the Gross National Income (GNI) per capita, in other words, per person.

The food costs data comes via Numbeo, and some items are a lot more expensive in certain countries, i.e. beef, dairy, and fresh produce. Without getting into the differences in dietary preferences and restrictions, the average weekly shop in the UK consists of essentials like bread, rice, fruit, vegetables, meats, and dairy products.

The most expensive items across the board on this essential grocery list are meat and dairy; families looking to cut these foods out of their diets will have a lower grocery bill.

Country % of average wages
Uganda 275.86%
Ethiopia 257.24%
Kenya 215.04%
Zimbabwe 188.80%
Myanmar 174.83%
Nepal 171.16%
Tanzania 161.28%
Cambodia 125.28%
Zambia 120.90%
Bangladesh 108.93%
Honduras 100.54%
Palestinian Territory 86.90%
Morocco 86.47%
Ghana 81.53%
Nigeria 72.92%
Vietnam 72.12%
Uzbekistan 70.93%
Syria 64.00%
Bolivia 62.95%
India 57.89%
Ukraine 54.46%
Georgia 51.14%
El Salvador 49.98%
Philippines 49.06%
Fiji 45.31%
Armenia 44.33%
Tunisia 42.58%
Bosnia and Herzegovina 39.19%
Namibia 38.87%
Pakistan 38.64%
Albania 37.61%
Indonesia 35.59%
Dominican Republic 34.84%
Ecuador 34.70%
Egypt 33.53%
Jordan 31.73%
Peru 31.68%
Serbia 31.36%
South Africa 30.24%
Costa Rica 29.80%
Thailand 29.69%
Colombia 28.88%
China 27.78%
Montenegro 27.28%
Guatemala 27.03%
Slovakia 26.75%
Brazil 24.90%
Iran 24.73%
Moldova 23.96%
Lebanon 23.45%
Latvia 23.27%
Jamaica 23.24%
Belarus 23.08%
Sri Lanka 22.98%
Libya 22.21%
Bulgaria 22.12%
Iraq 22.01%
Azerbaijan 21.56%
Mauritius 21.10%
Cuba 20.83%
Macedonia 20.78%
Mexico 19.32%
Argentina 19.21%
Chile 18.94%
Croatia 18.53%
Venezuela 18.05%
Japan 17.99%
Uruguay 17.87%
Algeria 17.43%
Poland 17.19%
Puerto Rico 17.06%
Romania 16.85%
Panama 16.45%
Russia 16.42%
Lithuania 16.31%
Kazakhstan 16.27%
Czech Republic 16.22%
Estonia 15.88%
Greece 15.62%
Malta 15.21%
Hungary 14.71%
Portugal 14.57%
Trinidad And Tobago 14.54%
Slovenia 14.51%
New Zealand 14.11%
Malaysia 13.98%
Switzerland 13.89%
Cyprus 13.69%
Bahamas 13.20%
Spain 12.81%
Israel 12.46%
Turkey 12.46%
United Kingdom 12.38%
Iceland 12.25%
Italy 11.76%
South Korea 11.72%
Botswana 11.24%
Brunei 11.13%
Taiwan 11.05%
Bahrain 10.95%
France 10.74%
Finland 10.60%
Ireland 10.00%
Austria 9.73%
Belgium 9.48%
Denmark 9.35%
Canada 9.07%
Oman 8.94%
Australia 8.90%
Germany 8.71%
Netherlands 8.56%
Sweden 8.41%
Norway 8.27%
Hong Kong 7.54%
United States 7.04%
Luxembourg 6.83%
Saudi Arabia 6.77%
United Arab Emirates 6.50%
Singapore 4.89%
Kuwait 4.38%
Macao 3.66%
Qatar 2.62%

Cost of feeding expats versus residents

These numbers won’t necessarily represent the costs that local residents might incur in feeding their family, however. As the prices on Numbeo are typically entered by expats, the costs are indicative of the prices an expat would spend relative to the purchasing power of the local residents.

While it costs around 12% of the average family of four’s earnings in the UK to pay for groceries, the same food items may cost at least 50% of a family’s salary in other countries.