Monday, 27 June 2011

Lithuanians spend more on food than most

According to "Lietuviai pagal islaidas maistui - antri ES" (Lithuanians in second place in EU according to spending on food), an article I found on Alfa.lt, the price of food products in Lithuania has increased 11 per cent over the past year, and Lithuania is in second place behind Romania according to amount of money spent on food.

It's written that the average Lithuanian spends about one-fourth of all expenses on food products, not including drinks.  The European average is 12-14 per cent.

3 comments:

Erika said...

Hello Alan,

I just found your blog and I really like how you described your stories in Lithuania with assertive comments!
I didn't knew that Lithuanians were such food lovers :) anyway thanks for this interesting information :)

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Jurate said...

Dear Erika:

it is not that Lithuanians are food lovers. The thing is, there some essentials in life. Nourishment is one of them. And there are some products and some amounts you must spend on food, otherwise you'll starve. And proportionally, the lower your income is, the bigger part of it you will be spending for that essential nourishment.
So in my opinion, unfortunately, it is not that the Lithuanians are gourmands; the problem is low income (then the fact that Romanians are close on the percentage of expenditure on food rather than the French is not so surprising anymore, is it?).

Anonymous said...

It is not that we love food - it's just very expensive compared to the minimum wage, so people have to spend 1/4 of their income to buy something to continue their existence here.