Czech Republic One of Europe’s Most Veggie-Friendly Countries

Behind Iceland and Austria, the Czech Republic has the most vegetarian restaurants per capita in all of Europe according to mapmaker Jakub Marian

We’ve written in the past about Prague being one of the world’s best cities for vegetarian restaurants, according to data from popular vegan and vegetarian website Happycow.net.

That perhaps shouldn’t be surprising, given the Czech capital’s relatively low population for a major European city, and its high density of veggie-friendly chains like Loving Hut and Beas, along with many other options.



But would you believe that the Czech Republic as a whole ranks among the most vegetarian-friendly countries in Europe?

Using Happycow.net data, mapmaker Jakub Marian plotted out a map of Europe according to the density of vegetarian restaurants in each country:

Map: Jakubmarian.com
Map: Jakubmarian.com

(Check out more great maps like this one at Jakub Marian’s educational blog.)

Perhaps surprisingly, the Czech Republic ranks as the #3 most veggie-friendly country in Europe, with 13.7 vegetarian restaurants per 1 million inhabitants. Only Iceland and Austria rank higher.

The least veggie-friendly countries in Europe include Albania, Belarus, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, with less than 0.5 vegetarian restaurants per million inhabitants each.  

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Here’s the full breakdown of data, by vegetarian restaurants per 1 million inhabitants:

  • Iceland 24.8
  • Austria 13.8
  • Czech Republic 13.7
  • Andorra 12.6
  • Cyprus 11.8
  • Malta 11.8
  • Lithuania 11.5
  • UK 11.3
  • Sweden 11.1
  • Luxembourg 11.0
  • Finland 9.7
  • Slovenia 9.7
  • Portugal 9.5
  • Switzerland 9.5
  • Netherlands 8.9
  • Ireland 7.6
  • Estonia 8.3
  • Germany 7.2
  • Slovakia 7.2
  • Spain 6.8
  • Italy 6.4
  • Denmark 6.1
  • Belgium 5.8
  • Latvia 5.8
  • Norway 5.5
  • Croatia 5.4
  • Hungary 5.4
  • Poland 5.3
  • Montenegro 3.2
  • Macedonia 2.9
  • France 2.7
  • Bulgaria 2.3
  • Greece 2.2
  • Romania 1.6
  • Kosovo 1.1
  • Serbia 1.1
  • Moldova 0.8
  • Russia 0.8
  • Turkey 0.7
  • Ukraine 0.6
  • Albania 0.4
  • Belarus 0.4
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina 0.3

Earlier today, we wrote about a new study that found most Czech men prefer meat to women

So what’s to account for all the vegetarian restaurants in the country?

Maybe Czech women prefer vegetables to men.


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