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Countries that Eat the Most Fish

Name the countries that consume the most fish protein per capita.
Source: Our World In Data. 2020 Data.
Color coded by continent
Countries with a population < 1 million indicated by (parantheses)
Quiz by Etanna
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Last updated: November 6, 2023
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First submittedFebruary 10, 2017
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Average score75.0%
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Kg
Country
(87.3)
Maldives
(84.3)
Iceland
(69.2)
Kiribati
59.4
Portugal
(57.1)
Antigua and Barbuda
54.7
South Korea
53.3
Malaysia
Kg
Country
(52.9)
Seychelles
50.6
Norway
(48.7)
F.S. Micronesia
46.7
Japan
46.7
Cambodia
45.9
Myanmar
(44.8)
Nauru
Kg
Country
44.7
Indonesia
(44.0)
Samoa
(43.9)
Barbados
(43.4)
St. Kitts and Nevis
40.3
China
40.3
Spain
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Level 66
Apr 18, 2017
Alternatively, "Places for Kenpo17 Not to Go on Vacation." Seafood and I do not get along.
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Level 79
Feb 21, 2019
I love seafood!
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Level 35
Feb 21, 2019
I've been vegetarian my whole life so I have never had seafood.
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Level 73
Jan 3, 2021
Your missing out on something great
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Level 63
Feb 6, 2021
I hate seafood. It tastes fishy, both literally and figuratively.
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Level 89
Feb 6, 2021
I get along fine with some seafood, like salmon and tilapia. I don't get along with crabs or lobsters very much though.
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Level 61
Apr 19, 2017
Wow, I am REALLY surprised China wasn't on the list. And I'm not surprised in the least that Iceland is in second. I can't think of many traditional dishes (as meals, not just solo ingredients) that don't involve some kind of seafood. Heck, you can easily buy minke whale on skewers and then there's the whole meaning of hvalraki ...
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Level 77
May 17, 2017
There are 1.3 billion people in the country, so China may eat a lot of fish in total but not per capita. And actually livestock and poultry make up the majority of meat ingredients in Chinese dishes. And for the inland regions seafood are really expensive, like twice as expensive as beef...
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Level 35
Feb 21, 2019
1.42 billion now. OUTDATED FACTS
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Level 77
Feb 22, 2018
most of the consumption of whale meat in Iceland these days is by tourists who are looking for an "authentic cultural experience." They do fish a lot though--it's their top export (barely edging out aluminum).
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Level 76
May 17, 2018
Whales aren't fish.
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Level 65
Apr 8, 2019
So? A beaver isnt fish either
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Level 73
Jan 3, 2021
I think what ferdy86 means is that whales shouldn't be counted as fish
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Level ∞
Feb 22, 2018
The quiz has been updated! We are no longer giving you the small countries - you have to guess them yourselves. Have fun.
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Level 75
May 16, 2018
I like it.
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Level 71
Feb 22, 2018
Agh! Guessed all the Pacific Islands and so got those, but after 4 Caribbean countries didn't show up, I didn't finish the job, so only missed A&B. I like this updated version better.
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Level 74
May 16, 2018
I did the same with the Caribbean countries but then came back and got Antigua and Barbuda with 1 second left.
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Level 82
Jun 4, 2018
13s left for me.
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Level 39
May 16, 2018
Missed Micronesia.Was up to the IA before time ran out.
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Level 68
May 16, 2018
I got all but Micronesia too! Tried all the Pacific countries but forgot that one!
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Level 60
Jun 12, 2023
Now you could do FSM.
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Level 75
May 16, 2018
Tried everything in Indochina except the one that was there. I gave up too soon.
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Level 59
Oct 22, 2021
Out of five countries, one being landlocked, you didn’t try them all? Interesting…
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Level 34
May 16, 2018
Huh. Maldivians sure love their fish.
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Level 75
Feb 21, 2019
For most of its history, tuna has virtually equaled protein. It's eaten for every meal.
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Level 31
May 17, 2018
i eat more fish alone then the top country lol
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Level 82
May 17, 2018
You eat 26,000 kg of fish per day?
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Level 81
Jun 2, 2018
It does say per capita and grams / day doesn’t it?
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Level 82
Feb 21, 2019
He did say "top country" and not "citizens of the top country," didn't he?

... he also said "I eat more ALONE than the top country"... I don't even think this was a typo he was probably trying to make a joke about how much he likes fish.

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Level 87
Dec 19, 2018
So what the heck are they eating in the Marshall Islands? Not much room to graze cows or grow crops...
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Level 40
Dec 23, 2018
they eat john marshall
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Level 35
Feb 21, 2019
I'm so sick of annoying puns on Jetpunk.
+13
Level 88
Dec 4, 2020
Jetpun?
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Level 65
Apr 8, 2019
I wondered too why some islands werent on here either. Like solomon, sao tome, comoros, capo verde, etc
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Level 84
Dec 5, 2020
A lot of them eat lots of non-traditional processed foods, which contain lots of fat and sugar. Take the following quiz, and be sure to check the discussion of the topic in the comments: https://www.jetpunk.com/quizzes/counties-with-the-highest-obesity-rate
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Level 25
Feb 21, 2019
I suppose the reason Indonesia and Philippines are not in the list is due to population size?
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Level 82
Feb 21, 2019
Filipinos eat some fish but mostly they eat rice, pork, some chicken, and a lot of junk food.
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Level 78
Oct 21, 2020
...where do they get their junk food from?
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Level 92
Dec 5, 2020
@kal, the first time I read "some children," and wondered what you were talking about...
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Level 82
Feb 6, 2021
Ecce: from 7-11, Jollibee, McDonald's, Burger King, Caltex, Shakey's, Wendy's, Circle K, Fujimart, Family Mart, Budget Mart, Starbucks, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Chowking, et cetera.
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Level 78
Nov 7, 2023
Wow. Quite a few there that i have never even heard of.
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Level 65
Apr 8, 2019
Was surprised portugal and spain were on here and myanmar
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Level 77
Aug 15, 2019
Portugal is a wealthier country, meaning that they have more choices for source of protein. Myanmar doesnt.
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Level 78
Oct 21, 2020
Portugal as a nation practically worships the sardine. There is a very long standing relationship between the Portuguese nation and the humble sardine, and there are feasts and festivals all over the place in summer.
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Level 64
Jan 20, 2023
Portugal also réálly likes bacalhau, or salted cod. And if you ever go to the Azores, they serve literally everything you can find in the ocean at restaurants. Took the opportunity to taste shark and swordfish for the first time when I was there.
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Level 65
Dec 9, 2020
I'm am surprised to see I was surprised about Portugal.. ( though it was one of the ones I missed this time aswell) I saw Portugal and was like ow yea of course...
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Level 50
Jan 31, 2020
Norway??? That’s common knowledge evidently and I never knew that. Huh
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Level 60
Jun 12, 2023
I just guessed it with Iceland because of Norway's coastline.
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Level 82
Dec 4, 2020
Malaysia is in red, which says it indicates a pop of <1M, but Malaysia's pop is around 31M
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Level 54
Feb 6, 2021
Was excpecting Bangladesh
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Level 82
Feb 6, 2021
would make it if not measured per capita.
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Level 57
Feb 6, 2021
I got all except Cambodia
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Level 40
Apr 2, 2021
Try spamming random oceania countries
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Level 75
Nov 7, 2023
Worth doing that in most quizzes, just in case.
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Level 77
Nov 15, 2023
I guessed them all except for the country in which I live.
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Level 51
Nov 22, 2023
China? It’s hard to imagine how high China’s total fish consumption must be