Citizens of Scandinavian countries might consistently be ranked among the world’s happiest — but chances are their spirits dampen when it’s time to pay the bar tab.
A single glass of beer — measured at roughly 12 fluid ounces — costs about $10.77 at a bar in Geneva, Switzerland, according to the 2015 Beer Price Index, compiled by GoEuro. In Oslo, Norway, a similar sized can of beer costs about $3.45 at an average supermarket, meaning a six pack would sell for more than $20.
It’s tough to drink one’s sorrows away when a case of beer can lead to bankruptcy.
Both of those cities were included among the five most expensive in which to buy a beer in the annual list. The top five went like this: Geneva, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Oslo, New York City.
In New York, a beer at a bar costs $8.97 on average, according to GoEuro’s research. The average price of a beer in the city, whether from a market or tavern, is $5.20.
Other American cities on the list included Miami ($5.13), San Francisco ($3.97), Boston ($3.72), Chicago ($3.56) and Los Angeles ($3.24).
The cheapest major city in the world in which to have a beer was Krakow, Poland. The average price in that city was $1.66 per beer — with a six pack only running $3.72 at the supermarket.
Clint Davis is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.