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McDonald’s Restaurants

American-based fast food restaurant chain McDonald’s has become one of the symbolic institutions of globalisation. The company is now active in around 120 countries and runs more than 35,000 outlets around the world. If seen as an icon of globalisation, then the distribution of restaurants also is an indicator for the underlying global inequalities: Europe and North America dominate the global picture, while especially China has grown considerably ever since in 1990 the first outlet opened. Seven countries have seen the company disappear from their market again (Barbados, Bermuda, Iceland, Iran, Jamaica, and Macedonia).

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This map shows the countries proportional to their total number of McDonald’s restaurant outlets in 2018.

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This map uses data by Wikipedia (last accessed July 2018).

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