DVF was founded by Danish doctors in 1896. We are an association for vegans, vegetarians and anyone else who wishes to support a plant-based way of living. One of our primary goals is to advance the vegetarian lifestyle in Denmark and disseminate information about the advantages of cutting down on animal products – for the sake of humans, non-human animals and global sustainability alike.
Between 2016 and 2018, our association has doubled in membership. As of June 2019, we have approximately 3,700 members.
What we do
We are a non-profit organisation based primarily on the work of volunteers.
We work to secure that information and debate in public media regarding vegetarian ways of living, e.g. the benefits of a whole foods plant-based diet, correspond to evidence-based scientific research.
We actively participate in the public debate in order to push political institutions toward green initiatives within the fields of health, environmental sustainability and animal ethics, along with launching various campaigns and awareness events.
We work to secure Danish citizens’ right to have access to vegan and vegetarian food options in public institutions such as schools, hospitals and senior citizen homes.
We organise free workshops at public schools where our youth ambassadors teach pupils about the connections between meat, vegetarian food and environmental sustainability.
We cooperate with a variety of organisations and offer companies our counselling as well as carrying out consumer surveys and analyses.
In order to help Danish consumers, we created a labelling system which makes it easier for them to identify vegan and vegetarian products in grocery shops. If your company is interested in labelling your products, please contact our business manager Mie Nordly firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facts about plant-based living in Denmark
In Denmark, 2.4 % of the population, or about 140,000 people, lead a vegetarian lifestyle, meaning they never consume meat, poultry, fish or any other by-products from animal flesh. The number of vegetarians is gradually increasing, and among young people between the age of 15 and 34, the percentage is even higher, at 5.5%. About 70% of vegetarians in Denmark are women.
There are no official statistics on the number of vegans in Denmark, but our estimate suggests a number of 35,000 individuals.
In the last few years, there has been an increase in people who lead a predominantly vegetarian lifestyle. This category includes both flexitarians, pescatarians, vegetarians and vegans. In 2010, 3.8% of the Danish population was eating predominantly vegetarian. In 2018, this figure had reached 12%.
Among vegans, animal ethics is listed as the primary reason for avoiding animal products. Among non-vegetarians, the majority point to health as the best reason for not eating meat, while the youth are primarily motivated by concerns for environmental sustainability.
If you are interested in supporting us, you can join DVF and become a member by filling out this form. The cost is a mere DKK 250 a year, and as a member you get discounts in several vegetarian and vegan restaurants, cafes, retailers and online shops across Denmark.