No matter how much of it we may have, everyone spends their money on different things.
We all have our unique guilty pleasures (whether designer shoes or quality vodka) and spending habits when it comes to that bi-weekly pay cheque.
Well, countries have their unique spending habits too.
Earlier this year, researchers compared autocomplete results for searches on different countries to reveal some surprising and not-so-surprising results. The experiment was simple. It began by Googling a simple question for each country: “how much does a ___X___ cost in Brazil (and every other country).
When it comes to the cost of something, Google searches for different countries reveal how certain places are perceived by people around the world. Meaning, Google searches for the cost of something vary widely depending on the country of interest.
As it turns out, people in North America are most interested in the cost of a passport or patent, while people in Europe are concerned about more practical things like the cost of living, studying, or buying a beer.
In Africa, Google users are most interested in basic necessities like food, livestock, and fuel.
In some countries, the search results are a little more controversial (depending on who you ask). For example, the cost of prostitution is a top search in Brazil, Ukraine, Hong Kong, and Latvia. Slaves are the top searched cost in Mauritania; a kidney in Iran; and rhinoplasty in Korea.
In Chile, the price of cocaine was most searched – but the type of coke is not known. Not surprisingly, the cost of mooring a yacht was of particular interest in Monaco.
As for Canadians, we’re apparently pretty tame. Yet, many young professionals still throw thousands away yearly thanks to their vices.