Culture > Food and drink > Fast food > McDonalds > First outlet notes: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Facts and peculiarities regarding the opening of a McDonald's in each country.
Australia First outlet in an independent country in Oceania . See McDonald's Australia .
Austria see McDonald's Austria
Belarus The company claimed this as McDonald's "100th country" although this calculation included many non-sovereign territories even though McDonald's shut down in Iceland in 2009 it is the 99th country as of November 1, 2009.
Belgium see McDonald's Belgium u
Bosnia and Herzegovina After some 10 years of trying to enter the Bosnian market with no success, McDonald's opened its first restaurant in BiH on 20 July 2011
Brazil First outlet in South America . See McDonald's Brazil
Canada See McDonald's Canada
Costa Rica Third country (not U.S. possession) and first outlet outside Northern America where McDonald's opened. See McDonald's Costa Rica
Cuba Open only to base personnel. Ordinary Cubans cannot access.
Denmark See McDonald's Denmark
El Salvador Left in 1980 during the Salvadorian Civil War , but returned after the war in 1992.
England Includes Isle of Man and Jersey (1 each), see McDonald's UK
Fiji As of April 2012, Fiji is the only country in the world to still use the 2003 "i'm lovin' it" packaging, even though the other countries are using the 2008 packaging for meals and items.
Finland see McDonald's Finland
France First outlet in Creteil in 1972 even though McDonald's officially recognizes the first outlet in Strasbourg in 1979. See McDonald's France .
Georgia First outlet in the Caucasus .
Germany First outlet in West Germany : outlets in the former East Germany opened in 1991. See McDonald's Germany
Guam First outlet in Oceania and first outlet outside the Americas .
Guatemala See McDonald's Guatemala
Hungary Second communist country, first Warsaw Pact member, thus first outlet behind the Iron Curtain .
Iraq One location in Baghdad for the U.S. Army, but there is also a knockoff called MaDonal .
Ireland First drive-thru in Europe opened in Nutgrove, Dublin, see McDonald's Ireland
Israel See McDonald's Israel
Italy see McDonald's Italy
Japan First outlet in Asia , see McDonald's Japan
Latvia First outlet in the Baltics .
Luxembourg see McDonald's Luxembourg
Malaysia First outlet in a Muslim -majority country. See McDonald's Malaysia
Morocco First outlet in Africa - McDonald's is now present in all continents except Antarctica .
Netherlands First outlet in Europe . Plans to open 15 more in next 3 years. See McDonald's Netherlands
New Zealand Founded in New Zealand by Wally and Hugh Morris First South Island restaurants opened at Linwood and Merivale , both Christchurch , on 3 November 1987. See McDonald's New Zealand .
Nicaragua McDonald's outlets ceased operation during the Nicaraguan civil war and re-established a presence in 1998 after an absence of two decades.
Norway see McDonald's Norway
Panama See McDonald's Panama
Philippines See McDonald's Philippines
Puerto Rico First McDonald's in Latin America and in the Caribbean . Left in 1974 after labor dispute, but returned with non-union labor in 1980. See McDonald's Puerto Rico
Scotland Second store was Kirkcaldy . It took over 13 years since McDonald's first appeared in the UK.
Singapore First outlet in Southeast Asia . See McDonald's Singapore
Slovenia see McDonald's Slovenia
Spain See McDonald's Spain
Sweden First outlet in Scandinavia . See McDonald's Sweden
Switzerland see McDonald's Switzerland
Taiwan see McDonald's Taiwan
Thailand see McDonald's Thailand
The Bahamas First outlet in an independent country of the Caribbean .
Trinidad and Tobago Re-opened at The Falls At West Mall in 2011 and has expanded to 5 other locations. McDonald's previously had stores in Trinidad (May 6, 1997 - October 25, 2003) but closed due to low sales. [1]
Turkey First outlet in the Greater Middle East .
United States See McDonalds Annual Report
Venezuela see McDonald's Venezuela


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