One of the most ancient inscriptions trashed under the reign of Miro I was this comparison of food prices between the UK and Slovenia...  you'll have to do your own up-to-date comparisons.


Ever wondered why Slovenians are so thin compared to the rest of the world?

Now the story can finally be told.

To find foods as equivalent as possible I have started from the current Mercator special offers book.

There turned out to be no point trying to do it the other way around, as most of the things I wanted to compare are simply not Slovenian enough to exist in supermarkets here. Although it is equally true that many of your more bizarre ripoff concoctions can't be found in Britain either. Who, after all, would pay a couple of quid for some soggy red pepper of uncertain vintage, in a jam jar?

Of course it would be very difficult to live on the things listed here, or indeed out of Mercator generally.

The UK prices come from a comparison of its top five supermarkets, which can be found everywhere in the country.

Although the descriptions are the same the Slovenian versions may contain less protein, more chemicals, improvers, sugar, salt and padding because, well, because that's not important yet.


Asda UK Smartprice Chicken Legs £1.78/kg (EUR 2,24)
Mercator Chicken Legs EUR 2,99/kg
Slovenian country-shaped food adds 33%

Philadelphia cheese spread 200g Asda UK £1.00 (EUR 1,26)
Philadelphia cheese spread 175g Mercator Slovenia: EUR 1,47 (normal price 1,84)
Slovenian logistics genius adds 33%

Hellman's Extra Light Mayonnaise 600g Asda/Tesco UK £2.00 (EUR 2,53)
Hellman's Delicatessen Mayonnaise 210g Mercator Slovenia EUR 1,44 (normal price 1,69)
Slovenian marketing expertise adds 62%

ASDA white bloomer 800g £1.20 (EUR 0,95)
Kruh Istrski white unsliced bread 600g EUR 1,69 (normal price 2,06)
Slovenian love of the earth adds 137%

Asda UK Wholefoods Cous Cous 500g £0,68 (EUR 0,86)
Mercator kus kus 250g EUR 1,19 (normal price EUR 1,43)
Slovenian xenophobia adds 232%

Asda UK Smartprice Tomato Ketchup 550g £0.20 (EUR 0,25)
Felix Tomato Ketchup 700g EUR 2,39 (normal price 3,14)
Slovenian love of children and the working man adds 838%

Minimum wage Slovenia (after tax): EUR 748,10
Minimum wage UK (which is tax free up to £675.41 / EUR 851,02): £1053.00 (EUR 1326,78)

Sources:

Mercator prices:
http://www.mercator.si/si/akcije/aktualni-katalogi/
UK prices:
http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk
Minimum wages:
http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/rates/it.htm
Currency conversion rate:
http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=EURGBP%3DX

So you can see how clever this is. You're so marvellous, just like always. What kind of wide-eyed sucker is going to buy this strategic business?

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