Europese Vegetarische Unie

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

België:

10.2

204,000 | 2 % |

Source: Survey carried out for GAIA

Canada:

31.9

1,276,000 | 4 % | (estimate)

Source: Toronto Vegetarian Association

Denemarken:

5.4

81,000 | 1.5 % | ±0.5 (estimate)

Source: Dansk Vegetarforening

Duitsland:

82

7,380,000 | 9 % |

Source: Survey conducted by Institut Produkt und Markt

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

Frankrijk:

60

less than 1,200,000 | less than 2 % |

Source: Alliance Végétarienne

Groot-Brittannië:

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.

Ierland:

4.1

246,000 | 6 % | (estimate)

Source: Vegetarian Society of Ireland

Indië:

997.5

399,000,000 | 40 % |

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

Israel:

7

595,000 | 8.5 % |

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

Kroatië:

4.5

166,500 | 3.7 % |

Source: Poll conducted by Spem communication group

Nederland:

16.3

700,900 | 4.3 % |

Source: Nederlandse Vereniging voor Veganisme

Noorwegen:

4.6

92,000 | 2 % |

Source: Norsk Vegetarforening

Oostenrijk:

8.1

243,000 | 3 % |

Source: Vegane Gesellschaft Österreich

Polen:

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

Slovakije:

5.4

54,000 | 1 % | (estimate)

Source: Vegetarianska spolocnost

Spanje:

45

1,800,000 | 4 % | (estimate)

Source: Asociacion Vegana Espanola (AVE)

Tsjechië:

10.2

153,000 | 1.5 % | ±0.5 

Source: StemMark Agency

VSA:

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

Zweden:

9

270,000 | 3 % | (estimate)

Source: Animal Rights Sweden

Zwitserland:

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)

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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