Cost Obsessions Around the World, According to Google Autocomplete

By Maddie Stone on at

If you ever wondered what sorts of things people are looking to buy in the Middle East, Russia or West Africa, look no further than Google, which has all of our data. That, at least, is what the cost-guide website Fixr.com did, by examining the top Google autocomplete search terms for every country on the planet.

Cost Obsessions Around the World, According to Google Autocomplete

Top Image: Fixr.com

The map is full of fascinating, hilarious, and downright disturbing insights into how certain countries are perceived by people around the world. For instance, folks are very concerned with the cost of a patent or a passport in North America, while if you’re heading to Mexico, there’s a better chance you’re interested in flat abdominal muscles. In Brazil, it’s all about the prostitutes, though Justin Bieber might be skewing that one a little bit.

When it comes to needier parts of the world, including Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, folks seem to, unsurprisingly, have bigger concerns on their mind. Such as, you know, food, cows, camels, and oh yeah, in Iran? Kidneys.

I was intrigued to learn that people are so concerned with the cost of a watermelon in Japan, until I googled the fruit myself and learned that it can fetch up to the equivalent of £26. Guess I’ll be sticking with the sushi.

Interestingly whole of the UK is apparently concerned solely with the cost of living. How does that align with your web-costing adventures?

Let’s have a look at some regions more closely:

Cost Obsessions Around the World, According to Google Autocomplete

Cost Obsessions Around the World, According to Google Autocomplete

Cost Obsessions Around the World, According to Google Autocomplete

Cost Obsessions Around the World, According to Google Autocomplete

Cost Obsessions Around the World, According to Google Autocomplete

All images via Fixr.com

You can read about Fixr’s methodology here, or check out more posts by the creator of this magnificent map here. [Fixr via mental_floss]