The only places where you can’t buy Coca-Cola are in North Korea and Cuba

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It’s reassuring to know that you can always get a Coca-Cola wherever you go. Almost anywhere, in fact. According to the BBC, despite the fact that this fizzy drink is available almost everywhere, it has yet to (officially) make its way to North Korea or Cuba. This is due to long-term trade embargoes imposed by the United States.

Some say you might be able to get a sip of the stuff if you try hard enough, though it’ll usually be a lot more expensive than what you’d pay in the US and likely imported from a neighboring country like Mexico or China.

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The Coca-Cola Company was founded in 1886 and now operates approximately 900 plants in 200 countries. Coca-Cola produces 3900 different beverages and sells 1.9 billion bottles per day. Coca-Cola is missing from the list of cold drinks. Coca-cold Cola’s drinks are a must in the drinks section at any party or function; this drink is famous all over the world. However, Coca-Cola is not sold and is banned in two countries: North Korea and Cuba.

Why is Coca-Cola not available in Cuba?

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Coca-Cola established a plant in Cuba in 1906; however, two years later, in 1962, the Cuban Revolution began, and Coca-Cola production was halted. Because Castro’s government seized the assets of foreign companies, Coca-Cola production was prohibited; as a result, Coca-Cola has ceased trade with Cuba.

Why is Coca-Cola not sold in North Korea?

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Coca-Cola is not sold in North Korea, unlike in Cuba. The Korean War lasted from 1950 to 1953, and as a result, the United States imposed economic sanctions on North Korea. North Korea bombed South Korea in 1980, and America has imposed strict sanctions since then. As a result, Coca-Cola is not available in North Korea. Coca-Cola was not sold for a long time in Myanmar and Vietnam, but the ban was later lifted.

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