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Tooth and nail meet over McDonald’s burger

A trip to McDonald’s for Gothenburg resident Yusuf Bercil proved more than he could chew after biting into his burger and chomping on a nail two-centimetres in length, Metro reports.

Tooth and nail meet over McDonald's burger

Bercil bought the burger from the McDonald’s restaurant at Stigs Center in Hisingen, just outside Gothenburg.

After taking a first bite, the nail pierced through his gum but the 47-year-old didn’t realise what had happened. A painful second helping revealed something sharp had become stuck in his mouth.

”The pain was indescribable,” he told newspaper Metro. Bercil was able to carefully remove the object and was shocked to discover it was a sharp metal nail, about two centimetres long.

”It was stuck between my teeth and gums,” he said. ” I managed to get it out but then I threw up. What if one of my children had got the burger instead?”

Staff at the McDonald’s restaurant in question are unable to explain how the nail ended up in the food.

”We saw the whole thing happen,” manager Axel Gustafsson admitted. “We have started an investigation and informed our suppliers but can only apologise.”

The incident has left Yusuf with a fear of fast food. ”We are going to make home-made burgers from now on,” he added.

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Sweden has the world’s third most expensive Big Macs: report

Sweden has the world's third most expensive Big Macs, behind only Switzerland and Norway, the UK's Economist magazine reported in the 2017 edition of its famous global burgernomics index.

Sweden has the world's third most expensive Big Macs: report
How much will a burger set you back in Sweden? Photo: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT

Sweden boasts the EU's priciest Big Mac, with the ubiquitous double-decker burger now costing $5.26 (48 kronor), according to the Economist's raw Big Mac Index.

That means it costs four percent more than it would in a McDonald's restaurant in the US.

In Switzerland a Big Mac costs $6.35, and in Norway $5.67.

The Big Mac Index was launched in 1986 as a lighthearted way of working out whether a country's currency is overvalued or undervalued, based on the theory of purchasing-power parity.

However, it has been used in several economics textbooks since its invention. And one memorable advertising campaign once erected a billboard at the border between Norway and Sweden in an attempt to entice hungry Norwegians to cross the border for a cheaper burger.

The Economist last week also presented another version of the index, adjusted for the relationship between prices and GDP per person, taking into account that prices are higher in for example Sweden, but so are wages.

According to this version, Sweden still tops the list in the EU with its Big Macs overvalued by 9.4 percent against the dollar, but falls behind Brazil, Pakistan, Thailand, Colombia, Chile and Peru.

A dollar cost around 8.9 Swedish kronor on Tuesday, compared to 9.2 a month ago.