Annual Cheese Consumption, by Country

Part of the Cheese For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You may think that the French, who produce more than 1,000 varieties of cheese, eat the most cheese per capita. Nope. The Greeks actually eat the most cheese, consuming an average of 68 pounds per person annually. (The Mediterranean diet is purportedly one of the healthiest, right?) The following table outlines the average annual cheese consumption for several countries. (The numbers are rounded up, based upon conversion from kilos.)

Annual Per Capital Cheese Consumption
Country Amount Per Person
Greece 68 lbs
France 53 lbs
Malta 48 lbs
Germany 46 lbs
The Netherlands 46 lbs
Romania 46 lbs
Italy 44 lbs
Finland 44 lbs
Poland 41 lbs
Sweden 40 lbs
United States 31 lbs

Information based on 2009 statistics by Eurostat, the Canadian Dairy Information Centre (CDIC) and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

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