Office lunch cultures from around the world

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be hard for entrepreneurs who are busy. Take a look at the office lunch cultures from around the world.

As if running a business wasn’t stressful and mind-consuming enough, ensuring that you maintain a healthy, balanced diet is tough for many entrepreneurs who are often too busy to regularly make something healthy.

In the UK, diet and eating healthy is something that is ubiquitous in the media, but very difficult to maintain, given how easy it is to simply pick up a can of coke and a packet of crisps. Strong advertising and convenience has led to a nation of sugar addicts who have little to no time to change their eating habits.

Not every country is like this, however. In the case of many of our European neighbours, lunch time is important and an activity that should be shared with others. Europe has a reputation for generally being more healthy and the cultures of other countries allows workers to take more time out to eat a more healthy diet during their lunch.

Looking further afield to other continents, the varying differences in lunch time habits opens up an interesting window into the cultural individuality of each nation around the world. For example, food is a big part of Italian life and the country grinds to a halt during the lunch hour, while workers in China use their lunch break as an avenue to drive productivity.

It’s not just us who value the role of food in the workplace, lunch has a direct impact on working culture all around the world. With that in mind we’ve looked into how different countries incorporate lunch into their work culture to promote productivity and employee wellbeing.

Take a look at the infographic below to see how food impacts work culture in Italy, Sweden, Spain, France, Germany, Brazil, India, Japan, Kenya and China!

Owen Gough

Owen Gough

Owen Gough is a reporter for He has a background in small business marketing strategies and is responsible for writing content on subjects ranging from small business finance to technology...

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