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Icelandic bottled water is 120% more expensive in Reykjavík than at McDonalds in Thailand

By Staff

  • The same bottled water Transporting water across the street in Reykjavík is probably 120% more expensive than shipping around the globe. Photo/Guðmundur Sigurðsson.

A half litre bottle of bottled Icelandic water bottled in Reykjavík is more than twice as expensive in Reykjavík as half-way around the globe, in Thailand. A bottle of Iceland Spring, manufactured by Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson, costs 349 ISK (2.8 USD/2.5 EUR) at a gas station across the street from the bottling plant in Reykjavík, but only 45 Baht (1.3 USD/1.1 EUR) at a McDonalds in Thailand.

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On Monday a local man, Guðmundur Sigurðsson, posted a photo on Facebook showing bottles of Icelandic water in Reykjavík and Thailand, commenting that it seemed the price of water miraculously fell by more than half when it was transported half-way around the globe. Guðmundur used the comparison to make a comment on what he considers the greed he fears is undermining Icelandic society:

“It makes absolutely no sense to charge more than 300 ISK for half a litre of water in Iceland. We must do something to stop this insane greed before it brings ruin to us, yet again…”


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