What Office Lunches Look Like Around the World

These workday meals will give you something to think about the next time you're unwrapping a burrito at your desk
What Office Lunches Look Like Around the World

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How do other countries compare to office lunches in America?

For most office workers around the world, lunch is a meal eaten away from home. Although schedules and shifts can vary, people tend to eat breakfast before heading off to their job for the day, and dinner after they return. But lunch, at least five days of the week, is typically consumed on the job, or on the go near the office. The type of meal varies quite a bit from place to place, though, in style and content.

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Some opt for grabbing a bite at a local restaurant when lunchtime rolls around, others get takeout for timing reasons, and many office workers prefer the convenience and cost-savings associated with bringing a pre-prepared lunch each day. Some folks eat smaller meals on shorter breaks, while others opt for larger meals and longer breaks.

The actual food obviously varies as well. Many lunches consist of a single food or a main and a side, but others have a well-balanced trio or quartet of different foods in one meal. Meat is generally included (but not always), but the portion of the meal it takes up can be minimal or substantial. A starch might be contained as part of the main (like in a sandwich or pasta dish), or it could be a side, like rice. The assorted fruits and vegetables depend on the region too.

The point is, something as simple as lunch can be drastically different from location to location. Although every individual has his or her own preferences, we took a look at an average office lunch in 10 different countries around the world, and here are the results.

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