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Icelanders eat more fish than the people of any other nation, an average of 88 kg (194 lbs) of fish per person per year compared to the world average of 18.5 kg (41 lbs) per year, according to a new report from Íslandsbanki.

greatfishday03_psFrom the Great Fish Day festival in Dalvík. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Portugal is second on the list with 61 kg (134 lbs), followed by Japan with 57 kg (127 lbs), South Korea with 56 kg (123 lbs)and Norway with 51 kg (112 lbs) per person. Thirteen of the top 20 nations for fish consumption are within Europe.

As a fishing nation, Iceland is 17th while China, Peru and Indonesia top the list, followed by

the U.S. and Russia.

Among European countries (Russia excluded), Iceland is the second-largest fishing nation, trailing Norway, which comes in at number ten on the world list.

Along with Iceland and Norway, Spain is the only other European country to make it to the world’s top 20 list.


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