Pork Eating Countries

PORK, it’s the meat of kings. It’s made from pig – try it with onion rings. PORK sure goes with everything, 'coz It’s made from swine that’s why it sure tastes fine.

Name the countries that consume the most pork per-capita.

Data for the year 2017. Source: ourworldindata.org
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Last updated: February 12, 2021
First submittedJune 9, 2013
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kg
Country
55.0
Poland
53.6
Spain
50.5
Germany
49.8
Hungary
49.6
Croatia
49.0
Austria
47.5
Lithuania
kg
Country
45.8
Czechia
43.8
Italy
42.0
Portugal
41.9
Montenegro
41.4
Latvia
38.4
Taiwan
38.0
South Korea
kg
Country
37.7
Vietnam
37.6
China
37.4
Slovakia
37.4
Netherlands
37.3
Finland
36.5
Belgium
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Level 81
Jun 10, 2013
Funny.. almost all of these countries are in Europe, and yet the two countries that are not in Europe are so far the only two that everyone has guessed.
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Level 81
Jun 12, 2013
oh, whoops. There are 3 countries not in Europe. Forgot about one of them.. currently at 31%. Better than Montenegro.
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Level 51
Jul 19, 2016
Are you sure Serbia is not on the list? We eat a lot of bacon, and we are culturally very close to Montenegro.
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Level 81
Jul 19, 2016
You can try to look it up if you want to. I got the information from FAOSTAT. It's not in a neat and easy-to-read list format like on most Wikipedia pages.
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Level 71
Aug 19, 2016
Technically 4 ;-)
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Level 81
Feb 12, 2021
The 4th is culturally and gastronomically in Europe. :) but with the latest data not on the list anymore, anyway.
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Level 81
Dec 7, 2013
You ought to put this on the front page on March 1st for National Pig Day
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Level 81
Oct 3, 2014
And October is National Pork Month. Just sayin'...
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Level 81
Jul 5, 2015
October coming around the bend again.... oink...
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Level 81
Feb 12, 2021
Looks like we finally made it this year.
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Level 63
Apr 1, 2014
Interesting quiz. :)

I knew Austria and Germany had to be at the top of the list (the Wiener Schnitzel, Schweinebraten, etc.), haha. I also knew my home country (Slovenia) had to be on the list because a lot of people over here really do eat pork a lot (I personally don't like it all that much, but yeah).

The only two I missed were Vietnam and Cyprus. I'm actually surprised about Cyprus. Since there is a substantial Turkish population there (and they're muslim, so they weren't supposed to eat pork), I just assumed there was no way it could ever be on the list.

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Level 81
Apr 2, 2014
I was also a little surprised by Cyprus. I suppose the Greek and European half of the island's identity won out over the Turkish/Asian/Muslim half.
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Level 78
Oct 26, 2016
Is it sure though that the Turkish part is included in the statistics?
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Level 81
Oct 26, 2016
I don't know. Probably not.
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Level 78
Apr 30, 2018
If it's done properly, Wiener Schnitzel is made from veal. Pork is cheaper, though, so many places try to cut corners and use pork instead.
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Level 82
Jul 15, 2014
Surprised how neighbouring countries such as Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia are so far from each other in consumption of pork. I thought the culture in those was similar too? Another that might be explained by religion differences or something is Montenegro - Macedonia. Guess which one I included in my guesses? :)

I think so many are in Europe because 1) 1st world countries eat more meat in general, 2) there's fewer people with religion limiting it, 3) Countries like USA, Australia, Japan have a bigger variety of meats (and seafoods) available to them or then beef is cheaper in general as well?

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Level 51
Feb 13, 2021
I live in NYC, not exactly a food desert, yet it's very difficult to find veal and lamb, let alone rabbit or duck. Beef and chicken reign supreme and sadly crowd everything else out.
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Level 78
Jul 16, 2014
The US might have scored higher before we started shipping so much pork to China.
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Level 62
Feb 4, 2016
Surprised to see no UK on this list!

Bacon and sausages butties, Pork with Sunday dinners. I thought we'd be there for sure.

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Level 50
May 27, 2018
Yes. Especially when most other European countries made it.
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Level 59
Jul 15, 2019
Please accept Czechia
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Level 81
Jul 15, 2019
ok
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Level 71
Feb 13, 2021
I'm surprised by Montenegro, since they have a large Muslim minority. The others must really be bringing the average up.
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Level 81
Feb 13, 2021
I was only in Montenegro for a few days so I don't really know, but I know from spending time in many other Muslim countries that in some places they are strictly observant about halal dietary rules and in other places really not so much or not at all. Given how heavily pork features in most European cuisine, and how secular most of the Muslims I met in the Balkans were, it wouldn't surprise me if those in Montenegro fell into the latter category.
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Level 73
Feb 13, 2021
Are the quiz instructions a reference to something?
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Level 73
Feb 14, 2021
Serbian proverb: Until I taste a lion, a pig is the king of animals for me.
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Level 81
Feb 14, 2021
My ex told me that in Romania a popular joke is: "what are Romanians' favorite vegetable? Pork!"
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Level 23
Feb 16, 2021
Hungary sure is hungry :D
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Level 83
Feb 23, 2021
I was going to go with, "If they eat so much pork, why are they still Hungary..." but you beat me to it! ;)
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