Expenditure on cheese in Belgium reached 113 euros per person in 2018, an increase of five euros in comparison to ten years earlier. In Spain consumers spent roughly half of that amount, with an average of 58 euros per capita.
Much of the cheese consumed is also produced in Europe, mainly in France, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands. The Dutch, for example, produced more than 950 million kilos of cheese in 2020. In 2020, more than 1.6 billion kilos of cheese were produced in France. In Belgium, over 100,000 tons of cheese were produced in 2020. The Scandinavian countries are not as famous for their cheese, but here too production takes place. Finland produced nearly 86 million kilos of cheese in 2020, whereas southern neighbor Denmark produced approximately 468 million kilos of cheese in the same year.
Most of the cheese produced in Europe was exported to other European countries, as well as other continents. Of the Dutch cheese, for example, approximately 33 percent is exported to Germany and 12 percent is exported to Belgium. Only a small percentage of the Dutch cheese is exported outside of Europe. The main export destinations for Swedish cheese were the Scandinavian neighbors Denmark, Finland, and Norway. French exports amounted to more than 650,000 tons in 2020, whereas Italy exported some 164,000 tons of fresh cheese in the same year.