Most popular vegan countries today: Here are the top 6

There are so many progressive countries trending toward the vegan lifestyle for many reasons, which makes this a difficult list to compress to Six.  This list is based off of data, analytics & polls from numerous sources that will be listed throughout this post.

Millennials are central drivers of this worldwide shift away from consuming animal products. But the vegan movement is bigger than any one generation. Everyone from celebrities to athletes, the food industry and to the public, they are acknowledging this movement.  Backing this up with their lifestyles, beliefs and finances.

Vegan lifestyle & Plant-based eating may not be entirely mainstream yet. But it’s becoming more accepted every day, all over the world.

Over the past decade, veganism has seen consistent growth as millennials—now the world’s largest generation are concerned about health, the environment, and animal welfare, this generation boasts more self-identifying vegetarians than any other, according to The New York Times.     

The business of providing vegan meals is booming. McDonald’s has started selling McVegan burgers. Sales of vegan foods in America in the year to June 2019 rose ten times faster than food sales as a whole. Giant food firms are clambering onto the bandwagon, creating vegan lines of their own, buying startups, or both.

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Here is the list:

  1. UK

The founders of Vaganuary, a trend that has spread worldwide.  The numbers in the UK to converting to a Vegan/Plantbase diet is growing at a rapid rate, as more and more are making the decisions to go vegan. According to a survey by finder.com, the number of vegans in the UK is set to skyrocket by 327% by 2020.

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According to the survey results, the number of UK vegans will grow significantly over 2019, with pollsters claiming 2.9 people will be vegan within 12 months.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Brits sign up for the Veganuary campaign – a pledge to embrace plant-based diets for a month. According to the Vegan Society, This year, the sign-ups for the Veganuary campaign nearly doubled from last, with 250,000 people signing up.

Vegan friendly cities in the UK: Norwich, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Bristol, Manchester.

  1. Israel

Tel Aviv is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Titled the ‘Mediterranean Capital of Cool’ by the New York Times, this is a 24 hour city with a unique pulse, combining sandy Mediterranean beaches with a world-class nightlife, a buzzing cultural scene, incredible food, UNESCO recognized architecture.  With all this said, Israel has been listed as having the most vegans per capita and doesn’t seem to be slowing down any.

Israel as a whole has been a leader in vegetarian cuisine, as many of their most popular traditional dishes are already meat free. You are probably already familiar with hummus, baba ganoush, falafel and Israeli salads which are naturally vegan.

5% of Israelis classify as vegan, while up to 13% classify as vegetarian

Vegan friendly cities in Israel: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Eilat, Haifa, and Rishon LeZion

  1. Australia 

Currently Australia is the 3rd fastest growing vegan market in the world, even though they still rank 2nd overall in meat consumption per capita. The number of food products launched in Australia carrying a vegan claim rose by 92 percent.

Two and a half million Australians now say that they are vegan or vegetarian, according to Roy Morgan Research, with a solid chunk of those people born either between 1980 and 94 (Gen Y, or Millennials) or between 1995 and 2010 (Generation Z). Going meat-free might not be the norm, but it’s no longer not normal.

Euromonitor International which predicts that by 2020, Australia’s packaged vegan food market would be worth $215 million.

It also found Australia was the third fastest growing vegan market in the world today.

Vegan friendly cities in Australia Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Byron Bay, Bondi Beach, and Perth.

  1. United States

Six per cent of Americans now identify as vegan – a huge increase of 600 per cent over just three years, according to a new report.

A report which was compiled by research firm Global Data – claims that only one per cent of Americans described themselves as vegan as recently as 2014.

In bigger cities such as Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, New York City, Miami, Denver, Seattle and Chicago, you’ll find hundreds of vegan and vegetarian restaurants that will cater to your wildest dreams! The menus are so creative and so enticing that many non-vegans are dining at 100% plant-based restaurants just to give it a try.

Numbers from 2018 put around 5% of Americans eating a vegetarian diet, with 3% being vegan, but these numbers are projected to double by 2020

Vegan Friendly cities in the US: Los Angeles, Orlando, Seattle, Austin, Scottsdale, San Diego, Portland, New York City and Philadelphia.

  1. Sweden

A recent report published by the Nordic Council of Ministers reveals that the region, particularly Sweden, is seeing a boom in veganism. The report, titled Solutions Menu: A Nordic guide to sustainable food policy, noted that driving the switch is millennials, who are ditching animal products for the environment and their health.

Sweden is one of the countries in which this boom is most visible. One in every five Swedes under the age of 30 identifies as either vegetarian or vegan, while 50 per cent of Swedish people report that they are more interested in eating vegan diet now than they were just a year ago.

It should come as no surprise that the world’s largest fast-food chain, McDonald’s, made its McVegan sandwich a permanent menu fixture in Finland and Sweden. The company sold more than 150,000 McVegans in these two countries this past January alone.

Vegan friendly cities in Sweden: Malmö, Stockholm. Gothenburg, Uppsala

  1. Canada

More than 3 million Canadians are either vegan or vegetarian, according to a recent study of Dalhousie University. It is young Canadians that are driving the change in eating habits, as the younger generation is three times more likely to be either vegetarian or vegan than the older generations.

A new study from Dalhousie University finds that nearly 10 percent of Canadians consider themselves vegetarian or vegan. According to the research, 2.3 million Canadians are vegetarian, an increase from just 900,000 in 2003, while about 850,000 label themselves vegan.

The rise in plant-based eating has resulted in a surge of vegan options across the country. With the rollout of the Beyond Burger at A&W Canada, the opening of 24-hour vegan drive-thrus, and an entire neighborhood dedicated to veganism, Canada is becoming more vegan-friendly every day and a place many vegans want to live.

Vegan friendly provinces in Canada: Ontario, British Columbia & Nova Scotia

Honorable mentions for this list are:

New Zealand, Ireland, Germany & Austria

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Post references:

https://mercyforanimals.org/nearly-one-third-of-swedish-youth-eating

http://norden.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1214792/FULLTEXT01.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetarianism_by_country

http://www.tryswedish.com/eat-like-a-swede/vegan-diet-food-innovations-from-sweden/

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