Milk Consumption in Europe

How much milk do Europeans drink every year?

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Map of the milk consumption in Europe.

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This map gives us a good view of the milk consumption in Europe. We can see that it’s fairly even in Europe, with most of the European countries consuming between 150 and 200 litres of milk per capita per year.

Belarus and Moldova consume far less milk than other European countries. Moldovans consume only 76 litres of milk per year and Belarusians only 67 litres per year.

On the other end of the spectrum are 4 countries that consume more than 300 litres of milk per capita per year. These are Albania (304), the Netherlands (304), Finland (326) and Montenegro (342).

Data for this map comes from the FAO. Any type of milk is included in the statistic (e.g., cow, sheep, goat, buffalo et.). It doesn’t just include the consumption of milk by itself, but also the milk content of products that contain milk, like yoghurt, cheese and ice cream. However, it does not include butter.


  1. This makes no sense at all. Serbia consumes 156 litres of milk annually (Euro average) and the UK as much as 204 litres (slightly above average), but according to the other map about cheese consumption, they are at the bottom with 6.5 and 6.6 kilos of cheese (just two countries have a lower stated cheese consumption that that).

    So in Serbia and the UK people drink enormous amount of kefir and eat 8 servings of ice cream per day? Of course they do not. And there is only so much milk/cream you can add to your coffee/tea.


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