European Vegetarian Union

written/translated by: Renato Pichler / Georgia Blackwell

How many Veggies ... ?

Here we summarise figures from different sources:

Updated 02/2007

Inhabitants (Million)

Vegetarians (total | % | statistics)

Australia:

20.385903

611,577 | 3 % | (estimate)

Source: Australian Vegetarian Society

Austria:

8.1

243,000 | 3 % |

Source: Vegane Gesellschaft Österreich

Belgium:

10.2

204,000 | 2 % |

Source: Survey carried out for GAIA

Canada:

31.9

1,276,000 | 4 % | (estimate)

Source: Toronto Vegetarian Association

Croatia:

4.5

166,500 | 3.7 % |

Source: Poll conducted by Spem communication group

Czech Republic:

10.2

153,000 | 1.5 % | ±0.5 

Source: StemMark Agency

Denmark:

5.4

81,000 | 1.5 % | ±0.5 (estimate)

Source: Dansk Vegetarforening

France:

60

less than 1,200,000 | less than 2 % |

Source: Alliance Végétarienne

Germany:

82

7,380,000 | 9 % |

Source: Survey conducted by Institut Produkt und Markt

Annotations: [9,8 % (NeuePresse.de), 11 % (STERN)]

Great Britain:

61

3,660,000 | 6 % |

Source: Mintel (2006)

Annotations: According to a 2007 survey for Linda McCartney Foods, around 10 per cent of Brits eat no red meat, and there is a huge amount of ‘meat reducers’, with 31 million people eating vegetarian most of the time.

India:

997.5

399,000,000 | 40 % |

Source: Hindu -CNN-IBN State of the Nation Survey

Ireland:

4.1

246,000 | 6 % | (estimate)

Source: Vegetarian Society of Ireland

Israel:

7

595,000 | 8.5 % |

Source: Survey conducted by Israeli Ministry of Health, 1999-2001

The Netherlands:

16.3

700,900 | 4.3 % |

Source: Nederlandse Vereniging voor Veganisme

Norway:

4.6

92,000 | 2 % |

Source: Norsk Vegetarforening

Poland:

38.6

less than 386,000 | less than 1 % |

Source:

Portugal:

10

30,000 | 0.3 % | s=0.02 p=95% 

Source: Nielsen survey for Centro Vegetariano

Slovakia:

5.4

54,000 | 1 % | (estimate)

Source: Vegetarianska spolocnost

Spain:

45

1,800,000 | 4 % | (estimate)

Source: Asociacion Vegana Espanola (AVE)

Sweden:

9

270,000 | 3 % | (estimate)

Source: Animal Rights Sweden

Switzerland:

7.3

657,000 | 9 % |

Source: Swiss Union for Vegetarianism

Annotations: 9% according to the Nutritrend-Study from Néstle from 2001 are "almost" vegetarians (around 3% are really vegetarians)

USA:

303.9

9,724,800 | 3.2 % | (of adults) 

Source: Harris Interactive Service Bureau on behalf of Vegetarian Times 2008

Annotations: 10 percent of U.S., adults, or 22.8 million people, say they largely follow a vegetarian-inclined diet Note: A surprising 42% of all "vegetarians", or 4.8 millions adult Americans, considered slaughter of animals to be murder

According to the Vegetarian Resource Group, 4.7 million American adults are vegetarians or vegans (people who avoid all animal products, including cheese and eggs)

Source: http://travel.nytimes.com/2007/11/18/travel/18Choice.html

Note: As it is not possible to obtain data from the Ministries or Statistical offices of the various countries, our compilation is based on other sources available to us.

 


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