Beer price index makes sober reading for France

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Beer price index makes sober reading for France
The price of a pint is always a source of complaint for many expats in France. Photo: Adilu, Smabz Sputzer/Flickr

A new European beer index makes sober reading for lager-loving expats in France. The study which compares how many beers you can buy with a monthly minimum wage leaves France lagging well behind the rest of Western Europe.


Visitors and expats alike have long complained about the steep cost of a pint in France and the rankings of the new European beer index spell out just how bad France is for those who love a pint or two.

The online map showcases how many beers you can buy with the monthly minimum wage of different European countries and has taken the internet by storm, and caused a fair few arguments along the way.

The chart does not make happy reading for France, where a monthly salary on the minimum wage will buy you 248 pints.

Although this sounds more than enough to get the average beer lover through a month living in Paris or Provence, when you compare it to France’s neighbours, the total of 248 becomes harder to swallow.

The Belgians are way in front with 1,028 beers followed by their neighbours Holland, who get 761 with their minimum wages.


After Luxembourg's impressive 708 pints a month, comes Germany in fourth place with 521 beers, based on the proposed minimum wage of €8.50 an hour set to be introduced in 2015.

Czechs and Slovaks also get good value for their ‘pivos’ (beer), with 381 and 371 pints respectively.

In Ireland, a minimum wage of £6.31 per hour can apparently buy you 374 pints a month, while in Britain you’ll be able to gulp down 333 beers for the monthly minimum of €1,461.

In Spain thirsty minimum wage earners can get 388 cervezas a month and 291 in Portugal.

The map's creator, who shared his work on social media sites like Facebook and Reddit, used to estimate how many beers can be bought in countries across Europe with their own individual minimum wages.


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