The Vegetarian Society of Denmark was founded by Danish doctors in 1896. We are an association for vegans, vegetarians, and anyone else wishing to support a plant-based lifestyle. One of our primary goals is to promote the plant-based way of living in Denmark as well as to disseminate information about how our dietary choices affect animals, our bodies, and the planet.
The Vegetarian Society of Denmark has more than doubled its memberships since 2016 and reached 4,000 members in 2019.
What we do
We are a non-profit organization with 10 part-time employees at our secretariat and numerous active volunteers across Denmark.
We work to ensure that information and debate in public media regarding a plant-based lifestyle, 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, sustainability and animal ethics, and we launch various campaigns and awareness events.
We work to secure the right of Danish citizens to have access to plant-based food in public institutions such as schools, hospitals and retirement homes.
Since 2015, we have conducted workshops for over 12,000 pupils in the country’s 6th to 9th grade on the links between meat consumption, a plant-based diet, and the environment.
We cooperate with a variety of organizations and we offer counselling to food producers, retailers, food service providers etc. In 2019, we held meetings and presentations for more than 100 businesses. We also organize events, such as VeggieWorld, and carry out consumer surveys.
You can read more about us and the results we achieved last year in our annual report from 2019 here.
In order to help Danish and international consumers, we have created a labelling scheme which makes it easier to identify vegan and vegetarian food products in grocery stores. We also manage the international V-label in Denmark. If you are interested in labelling one or more products, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facts about plant-based living in Denmark
In Denmark, 2.5% 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 (Coop Analyse & The Vegetarian Society of Denmark 2019). The number of vegetarians is gradually increasing, and among young people between the age of 18 and 34, the share is 5.2% (Coop Analyse & The Vegetarian Society of Denmark 2019).
Statistics on the number of vegans in Denmark do not exist, but our estimate is about 35,000 people.
In the last few years, there has been an increase in Danes who lead a predominantly plant-based lifestyle. This category includes flexitarians, pescatarians, vegetarians, and vegans. In 2010, 3.8% of the Danish population was predominantly vegetarian. In 2019, this figure had reached 14% or about 800,000 Danes. Among young Danes between the ages of 18 and 34, this number is even higher: 23% (Coop Analysis & The Vegetarian Society of Denmark 2019).
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 young people are primarily motivated by environmental concern.
The numbers of Danes having at least one meat-free day a week has increased from 17% in 2010 to 30% in 2019.
Support our work
If you wish to support our work, you can become a member by filling out this form. The price is DKK 300 a year. As a member you get discounts in several vegetarian and vegan restaurants, cafes, retailers and online shops across Denmark.