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Countries that Produce the Most Cheese per Capita

Which countries produced the most cheese per person in the year 2018?
source: FAO
Includes cheese from cow milk, goat millk, etc...
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Last updated: October 29, 2021
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First submittedDecember 23, 2018
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kg / person
country
80.1
New Zealand
79.5
Denmark
56.9
Ireland
55.9
Netherlands
41.2
Iceland
33.9
Estonia
30.1
Latvia
kg / person
country
29.1
Germany
28.1
Austria
27.2
Lithuania
25.9
France
24.8
Switzerland
22.2
Belarus
20.8
Greece
kg / person
country
20.0
Italy
19.6
Poland
19.5
Uruguay
19.3
United States
19.0
Cyprus
17.8
Israel
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Level 76
Dec 23, 2018
I didn't get number one but Hi from there anyway. Now I gotta pop out and get some you-know-what for Christmas lunch tomorrow.
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Level 78
Dec 23, 2018
Nice one Jerry and Merry Christmas mate! Not sure if cheese is on the menu tomorrow or not!
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Level 69
Dec 23, 2018
I spent some time in NZ myself and I do not recall any particular cheese fanaticism amongst the Kiwis! Weird! Nor do I think they'd be exporting to Asia, but maybe they're helping supply Australia for all I know.
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Level 82
Dec 24, 2018
They have loads of cows and sheep as you'll know from some other quizzes, but I agree that they don't seem to eat it as much as French, Dutch, Georgians etc
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Level 44
Oct 19, 2019
NZ is major dairy exporter to China
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Level 87
Apr 14, 2022
I'm assuming SOME is exported, otherwise Kiwis would be eating an average of 1.5kg of cheese a week (including babies and the lactose intolerant).
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Level 74
Dec 23, 2018
This quiz made me hungry.
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Level 51
Dec 27, 2018
Uruguay? That came out of nowhere.
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Level 72
Dec 29, 2018
Yeah, that one got me. Sticks out like a sore thumb.
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Level 74
May 29, 2019
That surprised me too, but it makes sense since they have such a high number of cattle in the country.
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Level 78
Feb 1, 2021
They've got a lot of cows.
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Level 89
Jan 20, 2022
That's one of the ones I missed.
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Level 17
Dec 29, 2018
Israel? Uruguay? Everybody knows that Switzerland makes the best cheese.
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Level 64
May 29, 2019
Dutch cheese is the best. Nothing beats a nice Gouda cheese.
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Level 56
May 29, 2019
You have obviously not eaten the famous Venezuelan beaver cheese!
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Level 52
Aug 23, 2019
lol it's a known fact that French cheeses (comte, chêvres, brie, camembert, tomme de savoie and hundreds others) are best, Italian ones (parmigiana, burrata, mozzarella) are second.
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Level 86
Jan 20, 2022
Prefer Leyden myself, but the Dutch do make some fine cheese.
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Level 75
Jan 20, 2022
What can be better than American processed cheese that pours out of a jar? Cheez Whiz forever! :)
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Level 52
Dec 30, 2018
Sweden is the only Nordic nation not there. What happened? Did they go vegan? XP
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Level 63
Feb 21, 2019
Sweden would have to produce twice as much cheese. Their population is almost twice as big as Denmarks or Norways.
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Level 75
Oct 29, 2021
But they have twice as many people to do it - come on Swedes, pull your fingers out!
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Level 76
Nov 21, 2021
They opted for more experimental stuff like moose cheese. Not gonna make the numbers that way.
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Level 66
Jan 20, 2022

But they have twice as many people to do it

Cheese doesn't come from people. Well, not usually.

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Level 51
Jun 15, 2023
Finland is also not there
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Level 68
Feb 3, 2019
When I visited Madrid and Galicia cheese was such a big deal (as was pork) so I expected to see Spain, but guess the rest of Europe loves Cheese more than Portugal, UK, Spain and Greece. Not surprised by there being no Central American, East Asian or African countries.
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Level 71
May 29, 2019
Places such as New Zealand produce a lot of cheese for export as well as local consumption. Whereas the UK, Spain etc. make enough cheese for local consumption and also import cheese from other sources. The population of places such as UK and Spain is large enough to bring down the averages:
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Level 20
May 29, 2019
you missed Australia
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Level 56
May 29, 2019
"Per capita" kills the stat. ;)
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Level 56
May 29, 2019
Yes - I totally missed the per capita bit. I wonder how much difference the table would be without it?
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Level 67
Oct 19, 2019
It totally does not, otherwise you would just have the same old boring list of countries with high population (minus african and asian countries) (with exeptions of course, but much less interesting than this one. So it doesnt kill the stats it actually gives some interesting information, bigger countries always produce more of everything so that does not tell you much at all..)
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Level 56
May 29, 2019
I wonder where Wisconsin would land on this list if it were a country
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Level 56
May 29, 2019
Just did the math and Wisconsin produces more than 156 kg/person
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Level 36
Jan 21, 2022
swissconsin
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Level 50
May 29, 2019
they're no Asian countries except for Israel
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Level 44
Oct 19, 2019
Dairy farming uses a lot of land and also a lot of water. Also most people in Asia are lactose intolerant so dairy is not a major part of their diets. For example about 90% of ppl in China eat NO dairy products.
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Level 71
Jan 20, 2022
What do you mean? It clearly says Cyprus :P
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Level 37
May 29, 2019
I'm surprised that the Netherlands, Switzerland or Greece aren't number one!
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Level 57
May 30, 2019
Czechia? Czech Republic?
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Level 52
May 30, 2019
Sweet dreams are made of cheese. Who am I to dis a brie? I cheddar the world and feta cheese. Everybody's looking for stilton.
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Level 57
Mar 30, 2021
That makes me cringe.

It also makes me hungry.

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Level 67
Oct 19, 2019
45 kilos for the netherlands, that sounds about right. Slightly less than a kilo per week, that is indeed the amount I go through... though I am cutting down :D
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Level 92
Aug 25, 2020
After I cam up empty on Brazil, Argentina & Chile, I abandoned South America. Uruguay was the only one I missed.
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Level 57
Mar 30, 2021
Mmm cheese
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Level 67
Jan 21, 2022
Don't know how I got Uruguay but missed several others
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Level 48
Jan 21, 2022
I'm quite surprised Finland isn't on the list.
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Level 69
Sep 14, 2022
Curious that a lot of countries that are near the top in the most cows per capita are not on this list! Shows there's more to cheesemaking than just raising cattle.
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Level 74
Jan 10, 2023
There's a big difference between beef and dairy cows.
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Level 67
Feb 27, 2023
I was surprised not to see Hungary on this list!
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Level 35
Feb 12, 2024
I am French. American "cheese" can not be counted as cheese and merely as comestible. The top 10 of your quiz have not a single cheese with more taste than tofu (except maybe for the Netherlands). You should be ashamed of calling that cheese.

Horrible horrible list. (and cheeses)

I express my sincere disappointment and hope that one day you shall taste real cheese. I come from the Meaux region in Nancy and await you.

My address is 29 Rue de la fromagerie Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy

Come taste my cheese ;)

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Level 53
Feb 12, 2024
As a fellow Frenchie, I wholeheartedly agree.

Dissapointed, Disheartened, and ashamed of this list.

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Level 4
Feb 12, 2024
Maksou, your cheeses are the best I ever smelled. i suggest you to taste bro
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Level 4
Feb 12, 2024
especially the "lait de polonais" witch is amazing
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Level 67
Mar 1, 2024
I always forget the african republic of cyprus