There are hundreds of types of cheese in a wide range of flavors, textures and forms. Many countries have their own cheese traditions. Sometimes the process of producing cheese is even protected by local laws. The French Roquefort cheese marked the beginning of this type of agricultural legislation. The French indeed love their cheeses and are amongst the highest when it comes to cheese consumption.
Typically cheese is produced from milk from cows, goats, sheep or even buffalo’s. Its texture can vary from soft to ultra hard, depending on the ripening process. From a nutritional point of view, cheese is essentially concentrated milk. Its rich in calcium, protein and fat. Worldwide around 20 million metric tons of cheese is produced every year. But how about the cheese consumption? Who are the biggest cheese consumers? How many kilos (kg) of cheese is consumed per capita on an annual basis? Here’s a top 10 countries by cheese consumption!
Top 10 countries by cheese consumption
- Sweden – 19.1 kg (Herrgårdsost)
- The Netherlands – 19.4 kg (Gouda)
- Austria – 19.9 kg (Bergkäse)
- Switzerland – 20.8 kg (Emmenthal, Gruyere)
- Italy – 21.8 kg (Mozzarella, Gorgonzola)
- Finland – 22.5 kg (Leipäjuusto)
- Germany – 22.9 kg (Weisskäse)
- Greece – 23.4 kg (Feta)
- Iceland – 24.1 kg (Skyl)
- France – 26.3 kg (Camembert, Brie, Comte and many more)