23 Countries Where People Eat More Cheese Than Anywhere Else on Earth

America is nowhere near where you'd expect it to be on this list

1. France - 26.3 kg per capita

Americans love to eat cheese, but apparently they've got nothing on Europe. According to the International Dairy Federation, the average member of the European Union eats 17.2 kg of cheese a year, which is over 2.2kg (nearly 5 pounds) more than the average American. And that's just the average. The list above shows the countries where people consume the most cheese on a yearly basis, according to the IDF's most recent data from the conclusion of 2011. If you're a real cheese lover, you can probably guess who's number one — by a mile. But who eats the least cheese? As you might expect, the bottom of the list is populated largely by African and Asian nations, many of which typically don't include cheese in their traditional cuisine.

23. Australia - 11.7 kg per capita per year

23. Australia - 11.7 kg per capita per year

22. Canada - 12.2 kg per capita

22. Canada - 12.2 kg per capita

21. Lithuania - 14.2 kg per capita

21. Lithuania - 14.2 kg per capita

20. Latvia - 14.3 kg per capita

20. Latvia - 14.3 kg per capita

19. The United States of America - 15.1 kg per capita

19. The United States of America - 15.1 kg per capita

18. Belgium - 15.3 kg per capita

18. Belgium - 15.3 kg per capita

17. Czech Republic - 16.2 kg per capita

17. Czech Republic - 16.2 kg per capita

16. Denmark - 16.2 kg per capita

16. Denmark - 16.2 kg per capita

15. Israel - 16.7 kg per capita

15. Israel - 16.7 kg per capita

14. Norway - 17.4 kg per capita

14. Norway - 17.4 kg per capita

13. Cyprus - 18.1 kg per capita

13. Cyprus - 18.1 kg per capita

12. Sweden - 19.0 kg per capita

12. Sweden - 19.0 kg per capita

11. Austria - 19.0 kg per capita

11. Austria - 19.0 kg per capita

10. Netherlands - 19.4 kg per capita

10. Netherlands - 19.4 kg per capita

9. Estonia - 20.8 kg per capita

9. Estonia - 20.8 kg per capita

8. Switzerland - 21.8 kg per capita

8. Switzerland - 21.8 kg per capita

7. Italy - 21.8 kg per capita

7. Italy - 21.8 kg per capita

6. Finland - 22.5 kg per capita

6. Finland - 22.5 kg per capita

5. Greece - 23.4 kg per capita

5. Greece - 23.4 kg per capita

4. Iceland - 24.2 kg per capita

4. Iceland - 24.2 kg per capita

3. Luxembourg - 24.2 kg per capita

3. Luxembourg - 24.2 kg per capita

2. Germany - 24.2 kg per capita

2. Germany - 24.2 kg per capita

1. France - 26.3 kg per capita

1. France - 26.3 kg per capita
23 Countries Where People Eat More Cheese Than Anywhere Else on Earth