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
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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 83
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 83
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 54
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 83
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 83
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 68
Mar 31, 2021
I feel like East Asia is pretty famous for its pork consumption. I guessed all of those countries before turning to Europe.
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Level 83
Dec 7, 2013
You ought to put this on the front page on March 1st for National Pig Day
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Level 83
Oct 3, 2014
And October is National Pork Month. Just sayin'...
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Level 83
Jul 5, 2015
October coming around the bend again.... oink...
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Level 83
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 83
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 79
Oct 26, 2016
Is it sure though that the Turkish part is included in the statistics?
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Level 83
Oct 26, 2016
I don't know. Probably not.
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Level 28
Apr 7, 2021
If that was true, Greece would have surely made the list. So I would believe it's just people who don't follow Islam seriously.
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Level 79
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 81
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 60
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 64
Mar 31, 2021
What the hell are you talking about "greater variety of meats available"? Europeans eat pork because they like it, not because they can't get anything else. Have you ever even been to Europe? Can you imagine how many different and varied cuisines there are in Europe? Can you imagine how many different pork recipes we have across Europe, using every single possible cut of the animal? This is just insane.
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Level 83
Mar 31, 2021
I never found any hashi kabsa anywhere in Europe. Though I wasn't looking particularly hard for it. Also never saw any whale bacon or shark fin soup or goat ankles or chicken feet or fried grasshopper or seasoned mealy worms or fetid duck fetus still in the shell... have come across all of those things in other places. I'm sure you can get all of the above and more somewhere in France, though. They will eat anything.
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Level 64
Apr 2, 2021
I'm not sure you could find these in France - I sure haven't seen many of them... Anyway, my point wasn't that you can find everything here, but that you can find far too great a diversity of dishes, animals, and cuisines in Europe, to attribute the pork-eating figures to "lack of choice".
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Level 47
Apr 2, 2021
I was surprised about Estonia as well, considering I had some delicious pork dishes in Tallinn. I did notice that Estonians eat more fish than Latvians, so that may explain the disparity.
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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 64
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 64
Apr 2, 2021
Also, emulsified high-fat offal tubes!
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Level 58
Jul 15, 2019
Please accept Czechia
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Level 83
Jul 15, 2019
ok
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Level 72
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 83
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 74
Feb 13, 2021
Are the quiz instructions a reference to something?
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Level 74
Feb 14, 2021
Serbian proverb: Until I taste a lion, a pig is the king of animals for me.
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Level 83
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 32
Feb 16, 2021
Hungary sure is hungry :D
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Level 84
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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Level 63
Mar 15, 2021
Did not expect my country to be first :D
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Level 83
Mar 31, 2021
ciesz się swoją wieprzowiną
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Level 64
Mar 31, 2021
Pork is so incredibly versatile. I mean, I like bacon as much as the next guy, but I find that some people's cultural obsession with bacon (which, apparently, can be traced back to ad campaigns...) really limits their scope about all the wonderful and amazing other things you can do with pork. Speaking only of what I know, the sheer number of different types of charcuterie (which is cured meat, generally pork) you can find in countries like France, Germany, Italy, Spain... is nothing short of amazing. And I'm not even talking about all the other dishes you can do with pork: roasts, stews, soups... Pork is awesome!
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Level 67
Mar 31, 2021
No need to introduce this quiz as a celebration. Pigs are extremely intelligent and it's hugely depressing that there are so many people in developed countries prepared to ignore this for the sake of the taste of a fatty, and sometimes hairy, meat. Hmmmmm.
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Level 53
Mar 31, 2021
I'm eating a strip of bacon as I read this comment.
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Level 55
Mar 31, 2021
hairy meat, wtf u talking about lol
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Level 64
Mar 31, 2021
Hairy? Did you try to bite the meat directly off the living pig? No wonder you don't like it! Anyway, I don't think anyone ignores that pigs are intelligent, social, and sometimes very cute animals - but so are horses, and aren't they delicious? There you go!
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Level 83
Mar 31, 2021
life feeds on life. but the only time I sampled horse meat it was from some Uzbek restaurant and not something I'd want to try again.
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Level 64
Apr 2, 2021
I can't vouch for that Uzbek restaurant, but, when prepared adequately, horse is indistinguishable from a good, lean cut of beef. I eat it from time to time, although it gets harder to find in France as well, which is a shame, since we have horses, and when you don't eventually eat them, the meat just goes to waste. On a personal note, I find pigs and lambs much cuter and more endearing than horses.
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Level 28
Apr 7, 2021
Hairy meat? Gotta be trolling.
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Level 46
Mar 31, 2021
I may of tried too hard not to name any muslim majority countries.
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Level 41
Mar 31, 2021
why on earth did I think Israel was a good guess
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Level 83
Mar 31, 2021
There was a punchline once on the Colbert Report concerning businesses that had not done adequate market research, and a made-up failed business in Israel, something like "Saturdays Only Pork-a-torium!"

I thought it was a funny line. Imagine my surprise when I got to Tel Aviv and drove past this place

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Level 74
Mar 31, 2021
I somehow managed to be typing nearly the entire time and only score four, and none until the last minute when I got all the ones not in Europe. I guessed almost ten European countries too before giving up on it.
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Level 47
Apr 1, 2021
Look at the cute little piggy. Pork-eaters and the unethical factory farms that perpetuate this environmentally harmful diet are monsters.
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Level 83
Apr 1, 2021
then we are all monsters. going back to the first single-celled organism that absorbed another single-celled organism.
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Level 64
Apr 2, 2021
I'm all for eating less meat, and I did cut back a lot, for environmental reasons, and I totally respect people who choose for themselves not to eat meat. I also think there should be harsh laws against animal cruelty, including such barbaric practices as not stunning the animals before butchering them.

However, as kalba said, we can only survive on previous life. Unless you have somehow taught yourself how to photosynthesize, in which case, well done, pretty much the only things you consume that weren't alive at some point are water and salt. Good luck living on that. I suspect you're just here to flaunt your perceived moral superiority anyway.

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Level 56
Apr 3, 2021
im muslim :/
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Level 64
Apr 5, 2021
Ok, thanks for the info. I'll update your file.
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Level 54
Apr 15, 2021
XD
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Level 72
Apr 3, 2021
Who is eating all the Danish Ham & Canadian Bacon?
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Level 34
Apr 5, 2021
Lol for some reason my first guess was Pakistan 😂 then I realized