Cheese consumption in Europe

How much cheese do people in Europe consume?

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Map of the cheese consumption in Europe.

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Cheese has long been a beloved staple in European cuisine, with many different varieties and styles originating from various regions across the continent. In fact, Europe is the largest producer and consumer of cheese in the world.

The most popular types of cheese in Europe varies from country to country. In France, for example, the most popular types include Camembert, Brie, and Roquefort, while in Italy, Parmesan, Mozzarella, and Gorgonzola are among the most consumed varieties. In Spain, Manchego and Idiazabal are popular choices, while in the Netherlands, Gouda and Edam are well-loved classics. Cheese consumption in Europe is not just limited to these popular varieties. Many regional and local varieties of cheese are also enjoyed, with each country boasting its own unique offerings.

The popularity of cheese in Europe has not gone unnoticed by the rest of the world, with many European cheeses now being exported globally. Some of the most well-known and loved varieties of cheese, such as French Brie and Italian Parmigiano Reggiano, have become household names around the world.

In addition to being a beloved food, cheese also plays a significant role in European culture and traditions. Cheese-making festivals and competitions are held in many European countries, and many cities and regions have their own unique cheese-making traditions.

When we look at the map, we can see that cheese is quite popular in most of Europe. Central, west and northern Europe consume the largest amount of cheese per capita. The biggest consumer is Estonia (24.6), followed by Ireland (22.5) and Finland (21.2). The lowest numbers can be found in Moldova (4.9), followed by Russia (5.9) and Serbia (6.5).


  1. This seems terribly low for virtually all countries. Granted, I am a pescatarian, so I do not eat meat, but I do eat fish and seafood twice or three times a week, but I eat at least 150 grams of cheese alsmost every day — like 358 out of 365 days, I fast without dairy on Good Friday and day-before-Xmas and mazbe a few other days annually.

    So I alone eat at least 53 kilos of various types of cheese annually. I even ate that much when I lived in China where it is not easy to find quality cheese. Now I may not be a typical person, but 6 kilos per year for Russia, Serbia and the UK seem highly underrated.


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