The simple reason that many of us work in any job is to earn ourselves a handsome paycheck at the end of the month.
Depending on what stage of life you currently find yourself, this money can mean dramatically different things.
If you are in your early twenties it might be going towards an around the world trip, if you’re 40 it might help fund your children’s education.
This is explained very well in this article from Forbes. It discusses what Millennials tend to spend their money on. Despite on average, having access to less money than the generation before, they spend much more of their earnings on travel.
The way in which we spend our money can be judged just as much on the little things as the bigger ones.
A great measure of this is the UK Consumer Price Inflation Basket of Goods. This monitors the most popular items bought by the general public each year.
The basket of goods has been running since 1947 so, as you might imagine, certain products have come and gone over the years.
For example, in the 1990s, the CD was included, however, by the 2000s, it was removed as other music tech took over.
Universal Love of Beer
There are also products which have remained firm favourites with the general public since the basket started. One of the most consistently popular weekly products in any country is beer.
Beer is quite easily the most popular alcoholic beverage on the planet. According to The Economist, last year the global consumption of beer was a staggering 185bn litre!
This is obviously a staggering amount of beer. However, it is far from evenly spread across the globe. Some continents drink a great deal more beer per person than others.
Just take a look at this great interactive map on the Telegraph which clearly shows just how popular beer is across Europe.
European’s Love of Beer
Another fantastic interactive map from the Huffington Post further illustrates just how much Europeans love a beer.
It calculates which countries around the world drink the most beer measuring by 2 litres per capita. The top ten is dominated by European countries, with just one country (Venezuela) featuring which is outside the continent.
So, clearly the thing we can take from this is that the majority of Europe enjoy spending their hard-earned cash on a cold one.
However, with the economies of different European nations differing so greatly, some have to work a great deal harder to afford it.
Which European Country Works Hardest to Buy a Beer at the End of the Week?
This is perfectly presented in new research carried out by silverdoorapartments.com. By comparing the average price of a pint with the average monthly and weekly salaries in each European country, they were able to calculate (in minutes) how much each nation works for a pint.
The final table of results is fascinating as it confirms some things which you might expect to feature as well as a few surprises.
For example. One of the least surprising inclusions was Monaco as the least hard working in Europe. This isn’t very surprising because (according to The Guardian) it has the highest number of millionaires per head out of any European country.
It concluded that residents of Monaco on average work just 4 minutes and 12 seconds in order to afford a pint of beer.
However, things differ wildly at the bottom of the list. The figures don’t bode well for Azerbaijanis who have to work over one hour and 20 minutes to earn one beer!
Some relatively economically successful countries such as the UK are surprisingly low on the list. This is because of the disparity between the average monthly salary and the price of a beer. While the UK has one of the higher salaries, it also has relatively expensive beer.
Take a look at the full set of results for yourself and see who really does work hardest for a pint of beer!