Join FunTrivia for Free: Hourly trivia games, quizzes, community, and more!
Fun Trivia
Ask FunTrivia: Questions and Answers
Answers to 100,000 Fascinating Questions
Welcome to FunTrivia's Question & Answer forum!

Search All Questions


Please cite any factual claims with citation links or references from authoritative sources. Editors continuously recheck submissions and claims.

Archived Questions

Goto Qn #


What was the first country outside the Americas to open a McDonalds restaurant?

Question #144252. Asked by wonkatriv.
Last updated Jul 18 2021.
Originally posted Jun 13 2017 6:41 AM.

avatar
apathy100 star
Answer has 3 votes
apathy100 star
18 year member
39 replies avatar

Answer has 3 votes.
According to this, Australia opened up one in 1971. The four previous locations (Canada, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, and US Virgin Islands) that opened up chains between 1967 and 1970 are located in North America.

link https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_with_McDonald%27s_restaurants

Jun 13 2017, 11:19 AM
avatar
gtho4 star
Answer has 4 votes
Currently Best Answer
gtho4 star
Moderator
23 year member
2390 replies avatar

Answer has 4 votes.

Currently voted the best answer.
We've always thought/understood we had the first Macca's outside the Americas, but that may not be the case. It looks like Japan has that honour, beating Australia by five months:
1971 -- New countries - Japan, Holland, Australia, Germany, Panama, Guam.
link http://www.mcspotlight.org/company/company_history.html

.. and further digging unearthed this:
Canada was the first country outside the USA, to have a McDonalds. It opened its doors on June 1st, 1967 in Richmond, British Colombia, Canada. More first openings:
* Tokyo, Japan - July 20th, 1971
* Amsterdam - August 21st, 1971
* Sydney, Australia - December 30th, 1971
globalfirstsandfacts.com/2017/01/21/ronald-mcdonald-comes-to-Canada no longer exists

btw the original first store in Australia, at Yagoona (suburb of Sydney NSW), is no longer there:
link https://www.goodfood.com.au/eat-out/news/mcdonalds-to-open-new-yagoona-outlet-50-years-after-launching-at-the-same-site-20210716-h1x76h

Response last updated by gtho4 on Jul 18 2021.
Jun 13 2017, 10:13 PM
avatar
AyatollahK star
Answer has 0 votes
AyatollahK star
15 year member
723 replies avatar

Answer has 0 votes.
More on the first Japan McDonald's, which was in the center of Tokyo (the Ginza), tiny (50 sq. meters), and had no seating:
link https://ginza.kokosil.net/en/place/00001c0000000000000200000016adc8

Jun 14 2017, 4:09 PM
free email trivia FREE! Get a new mixed Fun Trivia quiz each day in your email. It's a fun way to start your day!


arrow Your Email Address:

Sign in or Create Free User ID to participate in the discussion