*Everyone trying to roast Kal*
haha we all kno u hve slipped b4 haha
I really didn't expect to see the US in this list of answers, I confess.
I was looking for another country with the exact same level of prices... I tried Canada 10 times...
Top of the list is landlocked.
Cue me trying Fiji, Samoa, Nauru, Kiribati and the long shot of PNG. All wrong, so I moved on and left the Pacific islands (I got Australia and NZ). In the Caribbean I tried Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Kitts, Trinidad&Tobago, and Antigua. All wrong. So I moved on a decided your hint was rubbish. Then I saw the answers.
I couldn’t have done a better job of picking wrong answers without trying.
I hadn't the foggiest clue, before loading the quiz, that Solomon Islands would be on such a list. But it was an easy one to get anyway.
With the quiz' "last updated" date being so recent, I was wondering if one of the changes made might have been the addition of Russia, due to the sanctions over the Ukrainian war. So I tried Russia... and then for good measure North Korea, also for sanction-related reasons. (As kalbahamut mentions in another comment, the "basket of goods" they use to calculate these is often geared more to expatriates than locals, for any number of economically sound reasons; and these would have been hit hard by North Korean sanctions.)
I'm mostly kicking myself that after striking out on Russia and DPRK, I gave up on that line of thought and didn't bother with Iran... the only answer in the quiz I missed.
Finland is cheaper than Sweden, too.
My only guess here would be: places with a high expatriate population? Maybe? I'm not particularly married to that guess though.
It makes the tiny (esp. South Pacific etc.) nations fairly accurate, as there isn't going to be a huge difference across the country.
But for places with a large disparity--really any large and urban+rural country, from the USA, to Russia, to South Africa, to Brazil, to Indonesia... and heck especially places like China and Japan--it's basically a crap shoot. I could imagine a rationale for putting them pretty much anywhere on the list, depending on where prices are polled.
And when one of said countries is being used as the baseline against which the list is measured... yeah there could definitely be better clarity around that. 😕
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