Discover 10 Countries That Don’t Have McDonald’s

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in the early hours of February 24, more than 300 companies have suspended their operations in the country, according to information from Yale University (USA). The departure of McDonald’s last Tuesday (8) was one of the most felt by residents, generating queues in stores and stocks of products in homes.

The first fast-food restaurant was built on Russian soil in 1990 and represented an important milestone in the arrival of capitalism in the then communist Soviet Union. Almost two years after the store opened on Pushkin Square, the regime fell.

In more than 30 years of the brand’s presence in Russia, another 847 points of sale of the North American company were created.

Despite being extremely popular in several regions of the world, such as Brazil, there are countries where McDonald’s has never opened a headquarters and there are countries where fast-food simply went bankrupt.

Countries where McDonald’s went bankrupt

Of the territories where the brand has already been present, there are some countries where not even the Mc fame was enough to keep their units in operation.

  • Bolivia: the brand’s eight units spent 14 years surviving with the numbers in the red in the country. With the closing of stores, Bolivia became the first Latin American nation to no longer have a McDonald’s presence;
  • Iceland: bankruptcy on the Nordic island happened for two reasons in 2008: the logistical difficulty of obtaining standard Mc inputs and the population’s lack of interest in snacks;
  • Barbados: in just one year, the only Mc store closed its doors on the Caribbean island. Despite the country’s good economic condition, fast-food was unable to compete with seafood restaurants;
  • Will: McDonald’s existed in the country until the Islamic Republic arrived in 1979. Since then, the multinational has still not managed to return. Despite the departure, the brand did not cease to exist entirely: the Iranians created a fast-food clone called “Mash Donald’s”;
  • Jamaica: after ten years, the network closed its doors in Jamaica. The most famous theory about bankruptcy is that the size of Mc’s snacks was too small for the population. By producing bigger food, Burger King was able to maintain its strong and steady presence in Bob Marley’s land.

Countries where the fast-food chain has never set foot

Mc can be found in thousands of locations around the world. Of the 193 countries and 17 territories recognized by the UN (United Nations), there are 35,000 restaurants spread across 119 countries and territories. But depending on the region, the number of franchises is not proportional to the number of nations. For example, only four of the 54 African countries have the brand’s headquarters. Discover the places where the network has never set foot in the world:

  • Cambodia: the rejection came from the side of the North American company. Cambodia did not even make the list of countries with McDonald’s because it was considered a country with an underdeveloped economy that would not support restaurants;
  • Bermuda: on the island it is simply forbidden by law to enter any fast-food restaurant. KFC was the only fast-food brand to enter the country, as it arrived before legislation was enacted;
  • Ghana: this is another country where the brand doesn’t believe it can afford a restaurant;
  • Yemen: the nation is one of the few in the Arab neighborhood that does not have a store installed. In addition to the country not having aroused economic interest in the brand, foreign companies are not well accepted in the territory;
  • North Korea: nothing that is of American origin is well accepted by the North Korean government, and McDonald’s was no exception to the rule.

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