Norwegians eat less meat than neighboring Scandinavian countries


A recent report shows that Norwegians eat more meat than we did before, but both the Danes and Swedes eat even more than us.

The report, called ‘Meat’ (Kjøttets), from the Norwegian Institute for bio-economy (Nibio), shows that we ate 1.4 kg more meat on average, per person, last year compared to the previous year. Nationen newspaper reported that, in total, every Norwegian ate an average of 53.4 kg of meat in 2015.

The figures, presented by the Directorate of Health last week, showed that the so-called wholesale consumption of meat is rising.

In the Nibio report, bone and other content unsuitable as human food were subtracted to reveal more realistic consumer figures.

Adjusted for border-trade (as many Norwegians cross the border to purchase meat, as prices in Sweden are considerably lower), wholesale consumption per person was almost seven kilos higher in Sweden than in Norway in 2015.

‘Meat consumption in Norway is relatively low compared to other Western countries. North Americans and Australians consume about double the amount of an average Norwegian. This past year, we had figures for Denmark and Sweden, which both consumed over eight kilograms more than us per person’, said director, Tor Arne Ruud, of ‘Animalia’, a vocational development organisation within the Norwegian meat and egg production industries.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today