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Vegetarians and vegans in Italy 2014-2019

What is the share of vegetarian and vegan individuals in Italy? From 2014 to 2019, the share of vegetarian people in Italy slightly decreased. According to the survey, 6.5 percent of respondents declared to be vegetarian in 2014. Whereas, this value went down to 5.4 percent in 2019. On the other hand, the share of Italian vegan individuals more than doubled during this period. For instance, roughly 2 percent of the interviewees claimed to be vegan in Italy in 2019.

Reasons behind vegetarianism and veganism in Italy

There are undoubtedly several reasons for becoming vegetarian or vegan. In 2019, most Italian vegetarians or vegans chose to change their dietary lifestyle mainly for health reasons. Secondly, many respondents claimed to have made this choice due to their personal philosophy of life, or out of respect for animals.

The profile of vegetarian people in Italy

Although the share of vegetarians in Italy decreased from 2014 to 2019, vegetarianism was more common than veganism in Italy as of 2019. Furthermore, most Italian vegetarians were aged between 35 and 44 years old. There were roughly as many vegetarian men as women. Finally, they came especially from the macro-regions of the Islands, and the North-East of Italy.

Share of vegetarian and vegan individuals in Italy between 2014 and 2019

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Release date

June 2019



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Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

The figures have been taken from several publications.
The source does not provide any additional information regarding the survey.

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