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Countries that Eat the Most Meat

Which countries are the biggest consumers of meat? Name the countries that consume the most animal protein per capita.
Countries with a population of less than a million in red
Includes fish
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First submittedSeptember 24, 2015
Last updatedFebruary 22, 2018
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Grams/day
Country
96.5
Iceland
86.0
Maldives
75.8
Netherlands
72.6
Finland
72.4
Israel
72.1
Luxembourg
71.7
Australia
Grams/day
Country
70.8
Sweden
69.8
United States
69.8
Denmark
69.2
France
69.0
Lithuania
67.3
Portugal
66.9
Argentina
Grams/day
Country
66.0
Norway
65.2
Spain
65.0
Ireland
63.1
Montenegro
62.9
Austria
61.7
Malta
61.5
Germany
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level 55
Sep 24, 2015
Interesting quiz! Nice idea
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level 61
Feb 22, 2018
There isn't any clarification whether this is the most meat PER CAPITA or most meat total. Maybe it should be obvious, but some could misunderstand otherwise.
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level 82
Feb 22, 2018
It would be rather interesting if Iceland would eat more meat TOTAL than USA. Also grams/day under 100 for a whole nation? I'd say you can misunderstand that only if you got your brain completely switched off and/or are 100% blind.
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level 71
Feb 22, 2018
I agree it's worth clarifying, even though as sillie says the context does make it obvious.
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level 34
May 28, 2018
I mean, have you seen how much the 'World's Strongest Man' eats. They always seem to be from Iceland.
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level 38
Mar 19, 2019
Yeah, Iceland surprised me too. I guess they export all of the fish they catch.
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level 61
Sep 15, 2019
@divantilya if that was the case they would be much lower on this list. It isnt about "produced" meat and fish, but about consumed, so produced+imporg-export

Unless you meant you expected the consumption to be higher.

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level ∞
Feb 22, 2018
Added that it's meat per capita
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level 65
Feb 22, 2018
There is a problem with your source, the FAO Yearbook, Fishery and Aquaculture Statistics does not mention meat consumption. Also it is very unclear whether you include fish or not. Because if you don't there is no chance Iceland and Maldives make it to the top, considering it's two countries where meat costs a lot and the cuisine is based on sea products. A quick internet search would quickly show you that all those numbers are wrong.
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level 72
Feb 22, 2018
Yes, could you please include the correct link to these stats?
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level 71
Feb 22, 2018
And those countries are very high up on the fish-eating quiz!
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level 67
Mar 3, 2018
Living in the Maldives, I came to think of myself as abstaining, since I only ate tuna twice a day.
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level 76
Feb 22, 2018
The numbers correspond to the "animal protein" column in the chart beginning on page 69.
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level 65
Feb 22, 2018
Thanks for the page number. It confirms that fish protein are included in animal protein, hence this does not correspond to meat consuption. Meat consumption is usually measured with per capita meat carcass mass availability. So this Quizz should be named "Countries that Consumes the Most Animal Protein".
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level ∞
Feb 22, 2018
The quiz is correct. I added a caveat that it includes fish.
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level 38
Mar 3, 2018
I eliminated almost all islands from my response because the quiz said "meat". Now that you've added the caveat that fish is included, it seems that your premise is incorrect. All of the Caribbean islands consume fish in great quantities, yet they are not on this quiz.
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level 61
Sep 15, 2019
Fish is meat, I find it so weird that people assume vegetarians do eat fish because they think it is not meat. It is always, so you do eat fish? Or dishes on menu's labeled vegetarian, but all of them have fish in it..

It has skin, muscles, vains... so it is meat (and eyes and brains and a nerve system, so it is an animal)

I do agree that it is usefull to add it here, since we are used to distinguish them and not lump them together. But fish arent made of fairy dust...

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level 61
Sep 15, 2019
Maybe it hails back from the time that during lent it was forbidden to eat meat from animals, but fish was permitted, since they were considered a different kind of meat. But then, they started to make all sorts of exceptions, to still be able to eat meat, several animals with aquatic habits like beaver were classified as fish, for the purpose they could still be eaten during lent.

(and the list is longer than I realised here are some listed capybara, alligator, armadillo, the thick-nosed tapir, and the manatee, beaver, puffin, skunk-headed-coot. All considered fish..)

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level 65
May 27, 2018
It is not a Catholic quiz, so fish is definitely meat.
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level 65
May 27, 2018
The dispute over whether or not fish should be considered a meat is not so clear cut, not even to non-Catholics. "When trying to find the definition of meat in the dictionary, there are no clear answers. While dictionaries such as Oxford's define meat as 'the edible flesh of animals, especially that of mammals as opposed to that of fish or poultry', others such as Webster's define it as 'the flesh of animals (including fish, birds, and snails) used as food'. Meanwhile, nutrition scientists are also divided, with some saying that meat only comes from mammals, while others say that only red meat can truly be considered as meat. In culinary and butchery terms, meat is considered only to come from mammals, and any edible fish or bird comes under a different category. This basic definition is followed by most governments to regulate food items in the country."
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level 61
Sep 15, 2019
not clear cut, are you serious? Reminds me of the countless times on this website I have seen people claiming a bee (and other insects) are not animals, (and maybe even birds?? or was it reptiles, but not too sure about that because that sounds even weirder)

They have all the same qualifications as meat from mammals have, veins, muscles etc. But even besides composition. It is meat because it is what the animal s made of and YES fish are animals.

I agree the meats differ. But there is no reason whatsoever to thinking it isnt meat. In culinary, and therefore in every day speech, distinctions are made, because it has different nutritional values and is cooked differently. But that does not suddenly make it not meat.

I really can not see how someone can say it is not meat. There is a distinction between the two yes. But saying it is not meat makes as much sense as saying a bird is not an animal. It can fly while other animals cant, it has a beak, wings etc.

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level 66
May 27, 2018
Guess we shouldn't forget the effect of tourism. If all the tourists eat meat, but don't count as residents, your average consumption per capita shoots up for countries where the number of tourists greatly outnumbers the population (Maldives, Iceland and to a lesser extent Mauritius)
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level 71
Feb 22, 2018
Tough one! I got 18/21 but the three I missed were in the top five.
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level 35
Mar 3, 2018
Nice quiz Quizmaster, thanks.
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level 69
Mar 19, 2018
Kind of amazed Uruguay doesn't make it. They beat even Argentina in beef consumption, but they mustn't eat much else besides.
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level 63
Apr 19, 2018
Agreed. Those were the first countries I wrote in.
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level 77
May 27, 2018
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level 53
May 27, 2018
yeah i'd say less importantly
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level 77
May 27, 2018
I also did a quiz on countries that consume the least pork, if that's more to your liking.
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level 43
May 27, 2018
I like that the United States is 100%. :D
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level 67
May 27, 2018
Really? No Mongolia? What do they eat there if not meat?
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level 79
May 27, 2018
Good question. Wikipedia says, "Mongolian cuisine primarily consists of dairy products, meat, and animal fats." My guess would be that, while you'd be hard-pressed to find Mongolian dishes that don't contain meat, the actual amount of meat in each dish is small, and most of the actual calories come either from grains (for example, dumpling wrappers) or dairy.
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level 79
May 27, 2018
Also, remember this is not "what percentage of the diet is meat" but rather "what quantity of meat is eaten per capita." Mongolia is poorer than a lot of the countries on this list, so the average person there probably eats less food overall, which would bring down the amount of meat consumed. And meat tends to be more expensive than other sources of calories, too.
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level 79
May 27, 2018
I was surprised not to see the U.K. make the list. They're a well-to-do country with--I thought--a typical western European diet, like many of the countries on this list.
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level 54
May 27, 2018
Completely agree. Lived in the UK my whole life and we’re definitely a country that loves meat. I feel like in the past year, more and more people I know are choosing vegetarian or vegan diets so perhaps meat consumption is in decline in the UK?
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level 52
May 27, 2018
I'm surprised too... From the source: UK and Italy are only just off the table both with 58.3 grams/day.
UK Government family food purchases has this on meat trends:
Purchases of chicken have increased over the last 10 years and were the most popular unprocessed meat product purchased by weight at 193g per person per week in 2016/17. This was followed by beef which has remained fairly stable in recent years at around 100g per person per week. Lamb has shown a clear downward trend over the last 10 years, whilst pork has been relatively stable.
Purchases of bacon and ham, meat pies, sausages and burgers are generally stable or show slight downward trends over the last 10 years. Ready meals and convenience meat products continue their clear upward trend, with a highest ever estimate of 170g per person per week in 2016/17.
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level 67
May 27, 2018
Includes fish is a little off-putting. Might as well include eggs etc. Might be different list without fish.
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level 60
May 29, 2018
Why? Eggs are just chicken menstruation
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level 66
Jun 5, 2018
Eggs are no menstruation, unless you think chickens are mammals.
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level 34
May 28, 2018
Surprised Hungary wasn't there! :P
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level 34
May 29, 2018
Sorry that was a dumb pun
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level 69
May 28, 2018
Please keep in mind, for this and several other quizzes, that data from any UN agency should be taken skeptically, best not to be used at all (FAO especially dubious). They accept without challenge whatever BS they are fed by respective member states, so what can you expect?
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level 73
Jun 4, 2018
Yeah it's super strange that only Monenegro maes the list from eastern Europe. I guess simply lots of meat doesn't make it into the statistics.
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level 39
May 28, 2018
I missed France (!) and Lithuania!
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level 60
May 29, 2018
I'm disappointed by the Nordic countries. Thought we were more forward thinking than this. I get Iceland, because those poor, starving people they have to eat something on their barren rocks, but still...
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level 73
Jun 4, 2018
The others' climate isn't much more veggie friendly.
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level 57
Oct 12, 2019
Here’s some “forward thinking” for you: Humans are omnivores. Hope you’re enjoying your tofu!
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level 55
Jan 27, 2019
What do they eat in Turkey then if not Turkey?
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level 57
Oct 12, 2019
Anything but turkey, they’re not cannibals!
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level 41
Feb 12, 2019
I got the Maldives with just 2 seconds on the clock. wow
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level 53
Mar 17, 2019
Wow Holland, eat some vegetables once in awhile.
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level 61
Sep 15, 2019
Would love to see this filled in on a map during the quiz. (So only shown after you type in a correct answer, not allready indicated)

Unexpected that all the countries in the northsea area besides the uk are on this.(norway, sweden, finland, denmark, germany, netherlands, belgium, ireland. And throw in iceland and luxembourgh)