How many eggs do people in Europe consume?
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Eggs are one of the most versatile food products, that are used in a large variety of meals and products. So, it will come as no surprise that eggs are consumed in large numbers in most countries.
When we look at the map, we can see that the egg consumption varies quite a bit by country. There doesn’t seem to be a very strong geographical pattern. It looks like eggs are more consumed in some eastern European countries, but at the same time eastern Europe also has the countries with the lowest egg consumption.
The biggest consumer is the Netherlands (332), followed by Ukraine (312) and Luxembourg (293). Yes, that’s almost one egg per person per day. The lowest numbers can be found in North Macedonia (64), followed by Bosnia & Herzegovina (96) and Poland (115).
The data for this map comes from the FAO. The FAO data measures the egg consumption in kilograms. The map however, shows the egg consumption in number of eggs. I’ve calculated this by dividing the source data by 60 grams (the average weight of a medium sized chicken egg). The data includes all bird eggs. So not just chicken eggs but also duck, quail, ostrich and other bird eggs. The data also includes eggs that are used in other products. So it does include the eggs used in cakes, pasta etc.
Note: I was initially planning to show the numbers in kg per capita instead of eggs per capita. I changed my mind just before posting the map and converted everything to eggs per capita. However, I forgot to change the text in the legend. Fortunately I noticed this quite quickly and removed the map from the website and social media within 2 hours of posting it. Despite that, the wrong map has been floating around the internet and gained more traction in 2 hours than most of my maps do. This means that you might bump into a map that shows the same number, but where the legend says it’s in kg per capita. That map is wrong and the map posted above (in eggs per capita) is the correct one.