List of countries with Burger King franchises

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Burger King
GenreFast food restaurant
PredecessorInsta-Burger King
FoundedInsta-Burger King:
1953; 65 years ago (1953)
Jacksonville, Florida
Burger King:
1954; 64 years ago (1954)
Miami, Florida
FounderInsta-Burger King:
Keith J. Kramer and Matthew Burns
Burger King:
David Edgerton and James McLamore
Headquarters5505 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States
Number of locations
15,000+ (2015)
Area served
Key people
  • Alexandre Behring (Chairman RBI)[1]:123
  • Daniel S. Schwartz (CEO)[1]:123
  • José E. Cil (President)[1]:123
  • Joshua Kobza (CFO)[1]:123
RevenueIncrease US$4.05 billion (FY 2015)[1]:30
Decrease US$363.0 million (FY 2015 RBI)[1]:30
Decrease US$1.912 billion (FY 2015 RBI)[1]:30
Total assetsDecrease US$18.41 billion (FY 2015 RBI)[1]:31
Total equityDecrease US$2.912 billion (FY 2015 RBI)[1]:31
Number of employees
34,248 (FY 2015 RBI)
ParentRestaurant Brands International

This is a list of countries with Burger King franchises. Burger King (BK) itself began as a franchise of its progenitor company, Insta-Burger King. It grew in the United States using a combination of corporate locations and franchising, before divesting itself of its corporate holdings in 2013. It began its international expansion in 1969 with a location in Canada, followed by Australia in 1971, and Europe in 1975. Latin America and South America became part of its market later in that decade, Asia followed in the 1980s, and Northern Africa and the Middle East followed shortly thereafter. Sub-Saharan Africa and the former nations of the Iron Curtain came much later, beginning in the late 1990s and continuing into the 2010s.

As of 2014, Burger King operates in almost every country in the Western Hemisphere, and most of Europe and East Asia. It has embarked on a plan to base a good portion of its future growth in the BRIC Nations of Brazil, Russia, India, and China, with plans to open more than 3000 locations in three of those four countries. Burger King also has a longstanding presence at U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force installations worldwide, dating back to the 1980s under a contract with Army and Air Force Exchange Service. Today, while other chains such as Taco Bell, Popeyes, and Subway have a presence on military bases, virtually every major Army and Air Force installation hosts a BK restaurant.

Locations of Burger King franchises


A Spanish Burger King
A Burger King restaurant with drive-thru, playground and terrace in Orihuela Costa, Spain. Spain was the location of the first continental European Burger King.

Shortly after the acquisition of the chain by Pillsbury in 1969, Burger King opened its first Canadian restaurant in Windsor, Ontario, in 1969.[2]:66[3] Other international locations followed soon after: Oceania in 1971 with its Australian franchise Hungry Jack's, and Europe in 1975 with a restaurant in Madrid, Spain.[4][5] Beginning in 1982, BK and its franchisees began operating stores in several East Asian countries, including Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea.[6] Due to high competition, all of the Japanese locations were closed in 2001; however, BK reentered the Japanese market in June 2007.[7] BK's Central and South American operations began in Mexico in the late 1970s, and by the early 1980s it was operating locations in Caracas, Venezuela, Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina.[6]

While Burger King lags behind McDonald's in international locations by over 12,000 stores, by 2008 it had managed to become the largest chain in several countries, including Mexico and Spain.[8]

The company divides its international operations into three segments: The Middle East, Europe and Africa division (EMEA), Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).[9]:5 In each of these regions, Burger King has established several subsidiaries to develop strategic partnerships and alliances to expand into new territories. In its EMEA group, Burger King's Switzerland-based subsidiary Burger King Europe GmbH is responsible for the licensing and development of BK franchises in those regions.[9]:5, Exhibit 21:1[10] In the APAC region, the Singapore-based BK AsiaPac, Pte. Ltd. business unit handles franchising for East Asia, the Asian subcontinent and all Oceanic territories.[9]:6, Exhibit 21:1[11][12] The LAC region includes Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean Islands.[9]:6, Exhibit 21:1


countries in Africa with Burger King locations
Map of countries in Africa with Burger King locations

During 2012, the African market saw a new agreement with Grand Parade Investments of South Africa to enter Africa's largest economy, with restaurants opening in 2013.[13] The company began its move into Sub-Saharan Africa in May 2013 when Burger King opened its first outlets in South Africa. The company sold franchise rights to local gaming and slots machine operator Grand Parade Investments Ltd. The South African operation sold over double its initial forecasts in its opening weeks with sales of $474,838 at just one of its outlets in Cape Town in its first seven weeks. In a deal with local petrochemical company Sasol, outlets were opened at filling stations across the country starting in 2014.[14] In April 2014 it was announced that due to high demand, the number of new outlets being opened in 2014 would be increased from 12 to 14 across the country.[15] As of December 2015 there are 51 Burger King restaurants in South Africa.[16]

A Burger King restaurant in Egypt
Country/territory Year
 Egypt 2007 Olayan Group Olayan's food service subsidiary, Hana International, is the master franchisee for the Middle East and north Africa. برغر كينغ (Arabic)[17][18]
 Ghana 2018 SIA QSR Ghana Ltd.[19] Located at the Accra Mall.
 Ivory Coast 2015 Servair Côte d'Ivoire First location is in Marcory.
 Kenya 2016 Servair Kenya[20] First location in the Hub Karen, Nairobi.[21]
 Morocco 2011 General First Food Services First location is in Casablanca; halal
 South Africa 2013 BURGER KING® South Africa (Pty) Ltd First location opened in Cape Town on 9 May 2013, with plans for more nationwide[22][23]


Countries in Asia with Burger King locations
Map of countries in Asia with Burger King locations

The first Burger King in Asia opened on Des Voeux Road, Hong Kong on 7 August 1979, as the 2500th Burger King globally.[24] In 1982, franchisees opened stores in several East Asian countries, including Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea.[6] Due to high competition, it withdrew from the Japanese market in 2001.[7] However, Burger King reentered the Japanese market by opening the first store in Shinjuku, Tokyo in November 2006.[25]

It also reentered the Hong Kong market in December 2007. This time its Hong Kong operation is wholly owned by North Asia Strategic, who obtained the exclusive right to operate from BK AsiaPac Pte Limited.[26][27] The first store was opened on 29 December 2007 in the Sun Arcade, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.[27] As of 2008, 15 stores were in operation,[28] including five in Hong Kong Island (Central, Wanchai, Causeway Bay and Fortress Hill), five in Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui, Hung Hom, Mongkok, Wong Tai Sin and Tsz Wan Shan) and five in the New Territories. However, due to fierce competition, legal problems, and rising rents, the number of stores was reduced to two in late 2015.[29]

2012 saw a major international expansion initiative. The primary thrust was aimed at the BRIC nations, with several new master franchise agreements in those countries that will eventually create upwards of 2500 new stores by 2020.[30][notes 1] One of these deals also creates the single largest international franchise agreement in the company history, a deal to open over 1000 stores in China with a new "super"-franchise headed by the Kurdoglu family of Turkey.[31] An updated agreement with its Russian franchisee will see a major expansion into Siberia. This move puts Burger King in a superior position to its chief rival McDonald's, as it currently doesn't operate any locations east of the Ural Mountains.[32][33]

A Burger King restaurant in the city of Shanghai
A Burger King outlet in San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines
Country Year
 Afghanistan Army and Air Force
Exchange Service
 Bahrain Jawad Business Group (UAE) Halal[34]
 Bangladesh 2016 Tiffin Box (Bangla Trac) Seven branches opened at Banani, Bashundhara, Uttara, Dhanmondi, Jamuna Future Park, Mirpur and Gulshan in Dhaka as of 2017.
 Brunei 2014 Sinofood Express The first store opened in February 2014 in Bandar Seri Begawan.
 Cambodia 2013 Opened in Phnom Penh International Airport on 1 March 2013[35]
 China 2005 汉堡王 (in Chinese)
12,000th location opened in Beijing.[36][37]
 Hong Kong 1979 North Asia Strategic Holdings, Ltd.[38] 漢堡王 (2006 to present) / 堡加敬 (1970s to early 1980s) / 漢堡飽王 (1980s to 1990s)  (in Chinese)
Ever operated in Hong Kong (then a British colony) between 1970s–1990s
 India 2014 Blue Foods (western India), Everstone (North India) The first store opened in November 2014 in Delhi.
 Indonesia 1980s PT. Mitra Adiperkasa, Tbk The first outlet was opened in Jalan MT. Haryono, Jakarta and closed in 1998 after the 1997 Asian financial crisis. It was opened again in April 2007 with the biggest outlet in Southeast Asia, with management from PT. Mitra Adiperkasa, Tbk. The first outlet was in Senayan City, Jakarta. As of August 2018, it is currently operated in Medan, Jakarta, Karawang, Bandung, Cirebon, Semarang, Surakarta, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Gresik, Bali and Lombok.


 Iraq 2003 AAFES
 Israel 2016 Pierre Besnainou ברגר קינג (in Hebrew)
Previously operated in the country from 1994–2010. The locations were
Re-branded as Burger Ranch.[39] In June 2015, the chain announced that it will relaunched in Israel. The first branch in Tel Aviv at the location of Rabin Square was opened in 1 February 2016. Burger king (Israel) has 8 branches: 4 in Tel aviv, and another 4 in Beer sheva, Hertzlia, Raanana and Hod Hasharon.
 Japan 2007 Lotteria (South Korea) バーガーキング (in Japanese)
Previously operated in the country from 1993–2001[40]
 Jordan Jordan American Food Co. Halal[41]
 Kuwait 1990 AAFES
Olayan Group
The AAFES location opened after the first Gulf War.[42]
Olayan has license for Kuwait but there were no locations as of 2011.[17][18]
 Kazakhstan 2012 Verny Capital The first restaurant was opened in Almaty on 28 May 2012.
36 outlets as of August 2018.
 Lebanon 2001 King Food SAL (Lebanon) Subsidiary of Oyalan
 Malaysia 1997 Cosmo Restaurants Sdn Bhd[44]
 Maldives 2013 Minor International & Conglomerate Opened at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport on 8 July 2013
 Macau North Asia Strategic Holdings, Ltd[38]
 Mongolia 2015
 Myanmar 2016 Minor Food Group Opened at Yangon International Airport on 1 July 2016[45]
 Oman 2010 First Food Services Oman Subsidiary of Oyalan
Originally operated in the country in 1994–2005[46]
 Pakistan 2013 MCR Group The first Burger King branch in Pakistan opened in Dolmen Mall, Karachi on 5 October 2013. This was followed by an aggressive expansion strategy which resulted in opening of Burger King branches nationwide. Currently Burger King has more than twenty branches in Pakistan: various in Karachi, various in Lahore, one in Islamabad, one in Faisalabad, one in Multan, one in Wah Cantt, one in Hyderabad, one in Peshawar and one in Quetta.[47]
 Philippines 1992 Jollibee Foods Corporation and BK Titans Inc.
 Qatar 2001 Premier Food Services Halal[48]
 South Korea 1984 Affinity Equity Partners[49] 버거킹(in Korean)
South Korea received its first Burger King store in 1984, and has 236 outlets as of November 2016.[50] Burger King's 1000th store in Asia also opened in this country (Gwacheon) in January 2013.[51]
 Saudi Arabia 1991 Olayan Group برغر كينغ (in Arabic)
 Singapore 1982 Burger King Singapore Pte. Ltd Halal[53]
First BK Whopper Bar in Asia[54]
 Sri Lanka 2013 Softlogic Restaurants Pvt Ltd (a fully owned subsidiary of Softlogic Holdings PLC) As of April 2017, there are 15 outlets in Sri Lanka.[55]
 Taiwan 1989 DaChan Great Wall Group 漢堡王 (in Chinese)[56]
 Thailand 1994 The Minor Food Group[57][58] Offers delivery services
 Timor-Leste 2013 Fast Food Timor Lda
 United Arab Emirates 1993[59] First Food Services, LLC Subsidiary of Oyalan
 Vietnam 2011 Opened at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City on 27 November 2011


countries in the Caribbean with Burger King locations
Map of countries in the Caribbean with Burger King locations

Burger King's growth into the Caribbean began in 1963 when the company opened its first location in Puerto Rico. These locations were the first restaurants the company opened outside the continental United States.[61]

Country/territory Year
 Antigua and Barbuda 2012 Opened on 27 March, second branch opened in 1st half of 2013
 Aruba 1981 All American Burgers Inc. First hamburger QSR (quick service restaurant) to enter market
 Barbados 2013
 Cayman Islands
 Dominican Republic 1994
 Jamaica 1985 Restaurant Associates Limited First location in Ocho Rios[62]
 Saint Lucia
 Puerto Rico 1963 First Burger King in Latin America and the Caribbean. 185 outlets as of 2013.
 Sint Maarten
 Trinidad and Tobago 2008
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 2017
 U.S. Virgin Islands Coming Soon


Map of countries in Europe and the Caucasus with Burger King locations

Burger King began its expansion in Europe in 1975 with its first location in Madrid, Spain.[5] In 1976, they opened on the Kurfürstendamm in former West Berlin, the first German Burger King branch opened its doors. Four years later in Darmstadt, Hesse, the first franchise, was opened by former football player Lothar Skala.[citation needed] In 1990, the first time a Burger King outlet in the neue Bundesländer (former Länder of the GDR, which were incorporated after German reunification in the Federal Republic of Germany) opened in Dresden, then still in mobile form.

In December 2012, Burger King returned to the French market, with an agreement with multinational operator Autogrill,[63] a move that has met with some excitement in the country.[64][65] In July 1997, it was announced the chain would be leaving the country, closing its 22 franchised and 17 corporate locations, after a poorly executed entry into the market that left it unable to compete against McDonald's and local chain Quick.[66][67] The partnership with Autogrill is a move to consolidate Burger King's presence in travel plazas along major highways in France, Italy, Poland and other European nations.[68]

In November 2013, Groupe Bertrand, who owns several restaurant franchises, acquired the Burger King master franchise Autogrill, becoming one of their franchisees.[69] In September 2015, Groupe Bertrand announced being in talks with Quick's owner, investment fund Qualium, to take over all the franchise and convert all Quick restaurants in France into Burger Kings.[70]

In December 2013, Burger King returned to Finland, after three decades of absence. The first restaurant, located on Mannerheimintie in central Helsinki, instantly proved so popular that on every day since its opening, people queued in front of the restaurant to get in, sometimes for over half an hour. The only exception so far has been Christmas time, when the restaurant was closed. According to Mikko Molberg, the leader of the Finnish Burger King franchise, the restaurant has attracted over 2000 customers on every single day, which has surprised the restaurant employees and the franchise owners. The long queues have been extensively covered and ridiculed in social media, comparing them to people queuing in front of a McDonald's restaurant in Moscow, Russia in the early 1990s, and contrasting them with the nearly nonexistent queues at Burger King restaurants in Stockholm, Sweden.[71]

A Burger King at the Dalma Garden Mall in Yerevan, Armenia
In December 2013, Burger King returned to Finland after three decades of absence. This caused so much interest that people had to stand in a queue for half an hour just to get into the restaurant.
Country/territory Year
 Austria Theophil Holding GmbH 46 restaurants as of May 2017
 Armenia 2017 The first restaurant was opened in Yerevan on 11 January 2017. Burger king currently has three outlets in Armenia.
 Azerbaijan 2018 The first restaurant was opened in Baku on 9 January.
 Belarus 2015 The first restaurant was opened in Minsk on 9 July. 20 outlets as of July 2018
 Belgium 2017 Burger Brands Belgium Rebranding in part of 101 Quick of Belgium and Luxembourg
 Bulgaria 2008 14 restaurants as of May 2017
 Croatia 2014 The first restaurant is located at the Tifon gas station on the A1 freeway.[72] The second restaurant is in the Arena Centar shopping center, and was opened in June 2015.[73] A third outlet was opened in Split in October 2017. An additional 15 outlets are expected to open in the next 3 years.[citation needed]
 Cyprus 2003 WOW Burgers[74] All Burger King restaurants in Cyprus were closed down, after Burger King Europe launched legal proceedings against King Franchises (the Cyprus franchisee that belonged to businessman Lambros Christofi) in 2012. Burger King re-entered Cyprus in 2014 by opening a restaurant in Paphos on March. 6 outlets as of August 2018.
 Czech Republic 2008 AmRest, BK Team, Autogrill, Lagardere Travel Retail 18 restaurants as of July 2018
 Denmark 1977
 Estonia 2016 Restel Operates in Tallink's cruise ships MS Star and MS Megastar, sailing between Tallinn and Helsinki, Finland. No restaurants outside cruise ships.
 Faroe Islands
 Finland 2013 Restel First opened in Tampere in 1983, but closed a few years later. Returning to Finland in 2013, the first restaurant was opened in Helsinki on 13 December. As of October 2017, 37 restaurants had been opened, including two in cruise ships of ferry company Tallink, sailing between Helsinki and Tallinn, Estonia.
 France 2012 Bertrand Group, Autogrill There is one restaurant in Marseille Provence Airport, opened on 22 December 2012. There were no restaurants in France between 1997 and 2012. Returned with a restaurant in Paris, Saint-Lazare Station on 16 December 2013. In late 2015, Burger King took over French competitor Quick and will convert most of their outlets into Burger King. As of May 2018, Burger King has 220 restaurants in France.[75]
 Georgia 2013 TAB Gıda 3 outlets in 2018
 Germany 1976 Burger King Deutschland GmbH[76] First BK Whopper Bar in Europe (Munich). +700 restaurants as of 2018, with plans to expand to 1000 until 2023.[77]
 Greece 2018 SSP Hellas SA First restaurant opens in Rhodes island airport, followed by a second one in Athens International Airport.
 Hungary 1991 Fusion Kft. 40 restaurants as 2018
 Ireland 1981 OKR Group
 Italy 1999 Autogrill The first restaurant opened in Milan. There were 155 outlets as of September 2017.[78]
 Jersey 2016 Sandpiper CI There is only one in Jersey,[79] but there were two others in the past.
 Kosovo 2018 Via Twitter, Petrit Selimi, Ministers of Foreign Affairs for Kosovo, confirmed the arrival of Burger King in the country. It is thought that the first outlet will be opened by the end of 2018.[80]. There is also a sign, stating ‘Opening Soon’ with the official Burger King logo in Albi Mall, Prishtina (as of September 2018)
 Luxembourg 2017 Rebranding in part of 101 Quick of Belgium and Luxembourg
 Macedonia 2011 TAB Gıda The first Burger King restaurant in the Republic of Macedonia was opened in August 2011, and is located at the Skopje airport. 5 outlets.
 Malta Simonds Farsons Cisk
 Netherlands 1981 57 restaurants in 2017
 Norway 1988 King Foods[81] 35 restaurants as of 2013
 Poland 1992 AmRest, Burger King Poland, Autogrill There were about 70 outlets by the end of 2013.
 Portugal 2001[82] Ibersol Group Ibersol also distributes Pizza Hut and KFC, under license of Yum! Brands. 39 restaurants as of 2013
 Russia 2010 Burger Rus Ltd (joint company of VTB and Shokoladnitsa[83]), Ginza Project The first Russian outlet opened in Moscow on 21 January 2010. Бypгep Kинг (in Russian)
 Slovakia 2018 AmRest First restaurant opened in March 2010 by Queensway Restaurants Slovakia; closed in December 2011 due to bankruptcy. AmRest got an exclusive license in 2018.[84] By the end of 2018, Burger King will re-enter Slovakia with its first restaurant in Bratislava.[85]
 Slovenia 2011 Sportina Group The first restaurant is located in the capital city of Ljubljana; it opened in March 2011.
 Spain 1975 First location in Europe (Madrid)
Largest fast food burger chain in Spain[8] Spain is the country with the biggest amount of BK restaurants in Europe, with 701 restaurants as of June 2017.[86] Burger King opened up to 120 new restaurants in Spain from 2015 to 2017, with an expected growth of more than 750 restaurants by 2018.[87] In late 2017 Spain had already 720 Burger King restaurants.
 Sweden 1976 King Foods[81] First location opened in Malmö on Per Albin Hanssons väg. There were 115 restaurants In the beginning of 2016.[88]
  Switzerland 1981 Burger King opened its first location in Lugano. In May 2017 there were 55 restaurants, including Europe's first Burger King – Express.
 Turkey 1995 TAB Gıda Burger King was introduced into Turkey in 1995.[89] There are 651 Burger King restaurants in Turkey as of 2018.[90] Permissible for Muslims[91]
 United Kingdom 1977 The first restaurant was located on Coventry Street in Central London. 484 restaurants in the UK of 2013.

North America[edit]

countries in North America with Burger King locations
Map of countries in North America with Burger King locations

North America is the company's home territory and home to its first non-American stores; it opened its first international restaurant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada in 1969.[2][3]

Since its purchase in 2011, Burger King has seen a 14% sales increase in its Latin American and Caribbean operations.[92] The continued expansion in these market could provide a significant portions of Burger King's growth during the decade of the 2010s.[93] In the Mexican market, Burger King sold 97 corporate-owned locations to its largest franchisee in that country. The deal means multi-chain operator Alsea S.A.B. de C.V will eventually operate approximately half of Mexico's 400+ Burger King locations while receiving exclusive expansion rights in Mexico for a twenty-year period.[94]

Elsewhere in Central America, Burger King entered in a deal with another of its franchises, the Beboca Group of Panama, to create a new corporate entity to handle expansion and logistics in the LAC region, which until this time had no centralized operations group.[9]:6, Exhibit 21:1[95] The deal follows a unification of the company's web presence in Latin America and the Caribbean,[96] as well as aligning all of its various web initiatives including mobile services, Facebook presence and guest relation tools.[97] The Latin American moves are part of a corporate plan to take advantage of the growing middle class in these regions.[98]

A Burger King restaurant in Chalco, Mexico City
Country/territory Year
 Canada 1968 Redberry Investments Inc.[99] First international location[100]
 Costa Rica 1991 Closed in October 2015 because of numerous issues with local franchiser and license usage; returned in June 2016 with a new restaurant opened in San José
 El Salvador 1994
 Guatemala 1989 First location in La zona nueve[101]
 Mexico 1991 Burger King Mexicana, S.A. de C.V.
 Panama 1981 Adiser S.A. [102]
 United States 1954
Burger King Corporation Founded as Insta-Burger King in 1954; purchased in 1957 by current company


Countries in Oceania with Burger King locations
Map of countries in Oceania with Burger King locations

When Burger King moved to expand its operations into Australia, it found that its business name was already trademarked by a takeaway food shop in Adelaide.[103] The Australian franchisee, Jack Cowin, selected the "Hungry Jack" brand name, one of then Burger King's owner Pillsbury's U.S. pancake mixture products, and slightly changed the name to a possessive form by adding an apostrophe and "s" to form the new name "Hungry Jack's". In 1996, shortly after the Australian trademark on the Burger King name lapsed, Burger King began to open its own Australian stores in 1997.[104][105][106][107] As a result of Burger King's actions, Hungry Jack's owner Jack Cowin and his company Competitive Foods Australia, began legal proceedings in 2001 against the Burger King Corporation. Hungry Jack's won the case,[108][109][110] and Burger King eventually left the country.[111] Hungry Jack's took ownership of the former Burger King locations and subsequently renamed the remaining Burger King locations as Hungry Jack's.[105][112]

A Hungry Jack's/Coles Express/Shell outlet in Elizabeth Street, Hobart. From 1997 until it was rebranded in 2003 this was Hobart's first and only Burger King-branded outlet, and was the first Burger King in Australia to be located outside an airport.[107]
Country/territory Year
 Australia 1971 Hungry Jack's Pty Ltd Hungry Jack's is the master franchisee for Australia.
 Fiji 2015 Motibhai Group
 New Zealand 1993 Blackstone Group Original owners, TPF Group, sold the company in 2009.[113]

South America[edit]

countries in South America with Burger King locations
Map of countries in South America with Burger King locations
A Burger King restaurant in Guarujá, Brazil
Country/territory Year
 Argentina 1989 Fast Food Sudamericana S.A.[114]
 Bolivia 1999 Samuel Doria Medina[115]
 Brazil 2006 Multiple Operates with a territorial franchises system[116]
 Colombia 2008 Kinco S.A.[117] Operated during 1980s
 Chile 1994 Fast Food Sudamericana S.A.[118]
 Ecuador 1982[119] Resrap/Alicosta Bk Holding[120]
 French Guiana
 Paraguay 1995 Grupo Vierci.[121]
 Peru 1993[122] Sigdelo S.A.
 Suriname 2008 Multiple The first restaurant is located in the capital city of Paramaribo.[123]
 Uruguay 2008 ADISER S.A.[124]
 Venezuela 1980[125]

Abandoned markets[edit]

Country Year
 Australia 1997 2003 (converted) Trans-Pacific Foods (TPF) Operated 1997–2003 violating franchise agreements, all stores re-branded as Hungry Jack's[126]

10,000th location opened in Sydney[127]

 Costa Rica 1992 2015 2016 29 restaurants were available in Costa Rica from 1992, but they all closed in October 2015, due to a financial crisis of the Costa Rican Burger King franchise.[128][129]

Reopened in June 2016 with a new franchise.[citation needed]

 Finland 1980 late 1980s 2013 Burger King operated in Helsinki and Tampere for a short period in 1980s, then came back and opened its new restaurant in Finland in 2013.[130]
 France 1980 1998 2012 Closed French outlets in 1998 (most of restaurants bought by Quick and McDonald's), and a return had begun at Marseille Airport on 22 December 2012.[131]
 Iceland 2004 2012 Left on 31 December 2008.[132]
 Israel 1994 2010 2015 Burger King Israel Closed on 9 May 2010.
Re-branded as Burger Ranch.[39] In June 2015, the chain announced that it will relaunch in Israel. The first new restaurant is located on Rabin Square, Tel Aviv.
 Romania 2008 2016 Left in 2016
 Slovakia 2010 2011 2018 Opened in March 2010; closed in December 2011 due to bankruptcy
 Ukraine 2006 2006 Operated in Kiev and Odessa for a short period in 2006.
 U.S. Virgin Islands 1983 1997 Left both St. Croix and St. Thomas in 1997.

International subsidiaries[edit]

Burger King has approximately 20 foreign subsidiaries to oversee operations in the markets it does business in.

Subsidiary Country/territory Notes
Administracion de Comidas Rapidas, S.A. de C.V.  Mexico
BK Argentina Servicios, S.A.  Argentina
BK Asiapac (Japan) Y.K.  Japan Oversees franchise operations in Japan
BK Asiapac, Pte. Ltd.  Singapore Oversees franchise operations in east Asia, the Pacific rim and Oceania except Australia[11][12]
BK Grundstücksverwaltungs Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG  Germany
BK Venezuela Servicios, C.A.  Venezuela
BK (Hong Kong) Development Co. Limited  Hong Kong
Burger King (Gibraltar) Ltd.  Gibraltar
Burger King (Luxembourg) S.a.r.l.  Luxembourg
Burger King (Shanghai) Restaurant Company Ltd.  China
Burger King (United Kingdom) Ltd.  United Kingdom
Burger King SEE S.A.  Belgium Subsidiary of Burger King Luxembourg; master franchisee for the Burger King Brand in Italy, Poland, Greece and Romania[133]
Burger King A.B  Sweden
Burger King B.V.  Netherlands
Burger King Restaurant Operations of Canada, Inc.  Canada
Burger King de Puerto Rico, Inc.  Puerto Rico
Burger King do Brasil Assessoria a Restaurantes Ltda.  Brazil
Burger King España S.L.U.  Spain
Burger King Europe GmbH   Switzerland Oversees franchise operations in Europe, Africa and west Asia
Burger King Gıda Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited Şirketi  Turkey
Burger King Interamerica, LLC  Florida
Burger King Israel Ltd.  Israel
Burger King Italia, S.r.L  Italy
Burger King Korea Ltd.  South Korea
Burger King (RUS) LLC  Russia
Burger King Sweden, Inc.  Sweden


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