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Vegetarianism by Country 2024

Vegetarianism is the act of abstaining from the consumption of eating meat and meat by-products. Below is a list of countries along with the number of people who are estimated to be vegetarians. Although some countries have considerably higher estimated reports of vegetarians than others, vegetarians can be found throughout the world.

There are many reasons people are or become vegetarians. Some choose to do so because of dietary concerns, while others do it for health reasons and goals. Some may be vegetarians more out of necessity as well. Whatever the reason behind being a vegetarian, however, there are more than a few who are cited as such.

  • A handful of data point were expressed as ranges and have been converted to medians. Original values are as follows:
  • China has 50-70 million (4-5%) vegetarians
  • India is an estimated 20-39% vegetarian
  • Ireland is 4.3-8.4% vegetarian and 2.0-4.1% vegan
  • Italy is 5.9-8.9% vegetarian (3.54-5.34 million people) and 0.2-3.0% vegan (120,600-1,809,000 people)
  • Slovenia is 1.4-1.6% vegetarian (28,922-33,054 people) and 0.3-0.5% vegan (6,197-10,329)
  • For countries whose data was collected over multiple years, the most recent year is shown

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Country
% Vegetarian
Total Vegetarians
% of Vegans
Total Vegans
Data Year
India29.5%276M9%121.5M2020
Mexico19%23.8M9%11.3M2016
Brazil14%29.3M0%2018
Taiwan13.5%3.3M0%2015
Israel13%1M5%421K2015
Australia12.1%2.5M2%518K2018
Argentina12%5.4M0%2020
Sweden12%1.2M4%415K2020
Finland12%660K2%120K2021
Austria11%993K2%180K2022
Vietnam10%9M0%2011
Germany10%8.3M2%1.7M2021
United Kingdom10%6.2M2%1.3M2021
Denmark10%580K4%230K2020
New Zealand10%500K0%2019
Jamaica10%280K0%2015
Japan9%11.2M3%3.5M2019
Norway9%485K4%215K2020
Poland8.4%2.5M2%536K2017
Thailand8%5.4M0%2019
Canada7.6%2.9M5%1.8M2020
Italy7.4%4.4M1.6%964.8K2022
Belgium7%800K1%110K2018
Singapore7%380K0%2020
Ireland6.4%153.5K3%146.5K2018
China6%60M0%2013
Chile6%1.5M0%2018
Lithuania6%166K1%27K2020
Estonia6%80K1%11K2020
France5.2%3.4M1%726K2018
Ukraine5.2%2M0%2017
Philippines5%5M2%2M2014
Netherlands5%850K1%150K2020
Czech Republic5%500K1%100K2019
Hungary5%450K1%90K2022
Switzerland5%425K1%85K2020
Latvia5%95K1%19K2020
United States4.2%14M2%5M2023
Colombia4%2M2%1M2016
Greece4%400K2%200K2022
South Korea3%1.5M0%2017
Slovenia1.5%31K0%8.3K2008
Spain1.4%664K1%380K2021
Portugal1.2%120K1%60K2017
Russia1%1.4M0%2018
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Which country is most vegetarian?

It's estimated that 24% of those living in India are vegetarian, which makes it the country with the highest percentage of vegetarians in the world.

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