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Big Mac Index: Hungarian forint 37.6% weaker than U.S. dollar

The value of the Hungarian forint is 37.6% lower than the value of the American dollar, as such Hungary is still among the cheap countries, according to the latest Big Mac Index compiled by The Economist, published yesterday.

The Big Mac Index, invented by The Economist in 1986, is based on the  theory of purchasing-power parity (PPP), and takes the price of a Big Mac burger sold in the United States as a basis for comparison.

On January 6, a Big Mac burger in the United States cost $4.93, while in Hungary the same burger’s price was $3.08, The Economist said. In the Eurozone a Big Mac cost $4.00, while in Poland the same burger was $2.37, the index shows.

The most expensive country among those investigated is Switzerland where a burger cost $6.44, which means the Swiss franc is 30.7% overvalued to the American dollar, while the cheapest country on the list is Venezuela, its currency bolivar being undervalued to the dollar by 86.5%, with a burger costing $0.66.

The Economist calculated the index at market exchange rates on January 6.

The full list of investigated countries can be seen here.