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This Map Shows the Best Countries in the World for Vegetarians

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Food Editor
Updated: 20 February 2018

Travelling as a vegetarian can be a bit hit-and-miss.

Some countries are excellent at providing meat-free meals, with multiple delicious options to choose from, whereas others think that chicken doesn’t count as meat and think nothing of adding bacon to a ‘vegetarian’ salad.

But how do you know which country is which before you get there?

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The Seychelles is the most vegetarian-friendly country in the world | © Sebastien / Unsplash

Oliver’s Travels has put together this useful infographic which shows exactly which countries are the most vegetarian-friendly, and which necessitate bringing some almonds and a cereal bar in your bag.

They did this by counting the number of vegetarian restaurants, the number of people per vegetarian restaurant and the per-capita meat consumption of each country to extrapolate the results.

While the graphic doesn’t show the actual diets of the citizens in the countries examined, it means that vegetarian travellers will have a much easier time deciding where their next trip should be.

The Seychelles is the most vegetarian-friendly country in the world for veggie travellers, with a Global Vegetarian Index score of 328. The score was driven by the high number of vegetarian restaurants in relation to its small population, along with a very low annual meat consumption per capita of 35.6 kg (the US is 120.2 kg).

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Never again will vegetarians have to suffer through just eating plain chips | © NeonBrand / Unsplash

Thailand, Malaysia, and Sao Tome and Principe also ranked highly. The top-ranking country is Europe was the UK. While the US eats a lot of meat as a whole annually, it has the highest number of vegetarian restaurants. Bhutan has the lowest annual meat consumption, eating only 3 kg of meat per capita.