iPad 2 International Launch – Long Lines Forming Across the Globe

iPad 2 lines – Spain (left) and UK (right) – Source: TwitPic

Apple is launching the iPad 2 in 25 countries today, and unsurprisingly, long lines can be seen in front of all Apple retail locations across the world. Many international buyers showed up early at their local store this morning, to make sure not to come back home empty handed. Prices for the device vary from one country to the other, but overall, the device does not come cheap. For instance, the 16 GB WiFi-only iPad 2 sells for $575 in Australia, and goes for a whopping $690 in Sweden, including sales tax. In comparison, the same device costs $499 in the U.S. – about $545 after adding the sales tax. Also worth noting, the most expensive iPad 2 will be sold to folks living in Norway, as the 64 GB, 3G-enabled iPad 2 will cost 823 Euros over there, about $1,150 – a whopping $250 premium, when compared to the same model sold here in the U.S. The iPad 2 launched today in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The device will also be launched in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea next month.