If you ever wondered what sorts of things English-speakers 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.
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The resultant map is full of fascinating, hilarious, and downright disturbing insights into how certain countries are perceived by English speakers around the world (mostly, by Americans). 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 abs. In Brazil, it’s all about the prostitutes, though Justin Bieber might be skewing that one a little bit.
When it comes to poorer regions of the world, including Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, more basic needs seem rise to the forefront. Such as, you know, food, cows, camels, and oh yea, in Iran? Kidneys.
I was intrigued to learn that we’re so concerned with the cost of a watermelon in Japan, until I googled the fruit myself and learned that it can fetch up to 40 US dollars. Guess I’ll be sticking with the sushi.
Let’s have a look at some regions more closely: