Top 10 Fast Food Countries

Fast Food restaurants are quite popular all over the world. Their quick munching options that will never let you forget the flavor, tastes, convenience and the inexpensiveness of their restaurant experience. They have been the best contenders in the food industry since the 20th century. They offer plenty of quick acquiring and delicious edible commodities to serve, such as hamburgers, donuts, coffee, and wraps. Thus far there are a number of restaurants famed for their high standards and products, and equally there are restaurants that are known for their low stands. Here are the top 10 countries with the most annual spending per capita when it comes to fast food.

10. Norway

Annual Spending/capita: $88


The new trend amongst fast food companies is to offer healthier food options to consumers. McDonald’s offers information about calories for every product it sells in Norway, which allows consumers to watch their weight and make informed decisions. McDonald’s also offers salads and fruit for adults, while Burger King offers salads, low-calorie drinks and healthier sandwiches, including the Whopper Lite.

9. Switzerland

Annual Spending/capita: $95.3

McDonald’s is the biggest fast food chain with over 150 restaurants and a 45% share of the market, compared to Burger King which has only 26 outlets and just a 2% share. Even though concerns have been raised with rising obesity rates, the convenience offered by fast food chains is enough to attract everyone including tourists.

8. New Zealand

Annual Spending/capita: $100

New Zealanders, also known as Kiwis, ate their way through $1.5 billion worth of Fast Food in 2012 – a leap of more than 9 per cent on the previous 12 months. That equates to about $330 – enough to buy 63 Big Macs – for every person in the country. The trend for healthier fast food is expected to rise in the next few years. Restaurant brands such as The Pita Pit and Habitual Fix will impact the category, while the influence of frozen yoghurt brands (considered healthier alternatives to ice cream) such as KiwiYo and Yogg is likely to threaten traditional ice cream operators.

7. France

Annual Spending/capita: $116.1

France places seventh on this top 10 list of Fast Food Consuming Countries. French food restaurants are popular in all countries serving it. Some deals such as sandwiches, burgers and pizza have increased the sales in the last couple of years and up to 14 percent. Burger King is the most popular restaurant in France, which was first introduced in the country approximately 16 years ago. France is a European country having a good economy with per capita GDP of $35,680.

The country that gave us the words restaurant, bistro and cuisine is now altering its eating habits. For the first time in France, fast food overtook traditional restaurant receipts as the economic crisis deepened, and the share of people who pack a lunch for work is rising more than ever before. Meanwhile, lurid reports of the increasing number of traditional restaurants resorting to frozen pre-packaged meals to decrease their operational costs have shaken France’s culinary spirit.

6. Ireland

Annual Spending/capita: $124.9

This tiny country situated to the northwest of England saw the third highest jump in fast food consumption in the last 15 years, according to a new World Health Organisation study released in February 2014. Of 25 countries examined in the study, Ireland was behind only Canada and Australia in terms of the increase in the average number of fast food transactions per capita.

5. Finland

Annual Spending/capita: $127.3

In the last decades, there has been a substantial increase in mean body weight in Finland due to an increase in the amount of fast food chains. Such changes accompanied dramatic transformations in people’s dietary patterns, most notably an increase in the consumption of

ultra-processed foods, including fast food.

4. Australia:

Annual Spending/capita: $156.4

In 2011, Australia spent over $37 billion on takeaway (aka. Fast food) food, making it the 11th biggest-spending fast food nation on earth and the 4 largest fast food consuming country in terms of its annual spending per capita. The figure, which is equivalent to 343 whoppers per person per year, saw an increase of $4 billion in 3 years.

3. Sweden:

Annual Spending/capita: $175.2

Fast food restaurants in this Nordic country offer temporary menus in order to attract more customers. The approach is also intended to expand the public’s awareness of the fast food industry. Temporary menus are only offered for a month and promoted with heavy advertising on billboards, buses, buildings. McDonald’s is the leader with 28 percent of the market. With the government decision to reduce foodservice VAT by more than half to 12 percent, the industry is expected to grow exponentially.

2. Canada:

Annual Spending/capita: $196.3

Canada is the third largest consumer of top Fast Food Consuming Countries. Tim Hortons is the most famous of the, having the 25% share in the market. While McDonald’s and subway have 11 percent and 6 percent share respectively. In Canada, people love their chicken and ice creams. There’s no surprise here as Canada is the second largest country in the world in terms of its area. Its population according to 2011 estimates was 33,476,688. Its per capita GDP (2013) is $43,146.

1. USA:

Annual Spending/capita: $291.7


The United States stands as the biggest consumer of fast food in the world. It is home to the founders of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Wendy’s, and McDonalds, to name a few. Here burgers are more popular than any other food item, which are responsible for the 50% expense in this industry. Since 1970, the amount of fast food restaurants in business have nearly tripled, which equates to about 300,000 establishments in the United States. Coincidentally, 33.8 percent of the U.S. population is affected by obesity and 19 percent of children and adolescents are part of the stats.