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Dear veggie lovers, here are the most vegetarian-friendly countries in the world

Island nations and countries with long coastlines dominate a new Global Vegetarian Index, created as a guide to help meat-free travelers choose vegetarian-friendly destinations.

travel Updated: Oct 25, 2017 10:07 IST
Travellers who are vegetarians often find it tough to get food of their choice.(Shutterstock)

While on a holiday, food can make or break your trip. Some of your best travel memories might be eating corn on the cob on a rainy day somewhere quaint, or gorging on a local street food in an exotic part of the world. To make things easier for vegetarian tourists, here are the places that offer plenty of non-meat food options.

After looking at the number of vegetarian restaurants, the ratio to population size, and the annual meat consumption per capita in countries around the world, online villa booking website Oliver’s Travels named the Seychelles the most vegetarian-friendly country in the world.

It’s not hard to see how the archipelago in the Indian Ocean would take the top spot, given its remote island location and modest meat production. Food staples include fish, seafood, shellfish, rice, coconut, breadfruit, mangoes, plantains and sweet potatoes.

In the Seychelles, the per capita meat consumption is 35.6 kg - for perspective, the US consumes 120 kg per person annually. While the US may have the highest annual consumption of meat on the list, it redeems itself by ranking highest for the number of vegetarian-friendly restaurants (18,975).

Here are the top 10 countries on the Global Vegetarian Index:

1. Seychelles
2. Thailand
3. Malaysia
4. Sao Tome & Principe
5. Peru
6. Singapore
7. Cambodia
8. Solomon Islands
9. United Kingdom
10. Botswana

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First Published: Oct 25, 2017 10:06 IST