To be honest, it’s hard to tell which one of these three northernmost European nations leads the other in consumption. Depending on the data I’ve found, sometimes the frontrunner is Finland, other times it’s Sweden or Norway. What isn’t in dispute is that these people don’t let cold weather get in the way of enjoying ice cream.
One has to take a serious look at Sweden’s contention for first place. Their ice cream consumption is awesome. Ninety percent of Swedes eat ice cream once every six months, 47% eats it once a month – and 33% eat ice cream every week!
The Finns also have a valid claim to the title. According to many sources, Finland is Europe’s ice cream eating leader. It’s easy to see why. The Finns average 13 liters of ice cream per person per year. It’s even said that ice cream vans can be found roaming Finnish neighborhoods on the coldest of winter nights.
Like the Finns, Norwegians are also credited with eating 13 liters per person. But special credit should be given to Norway for the role it played in Europe’s 19th century ice cream industry. In the mid-1800’s, Norway’s glaciers were the source for much of Europe’s ice cream.
Maybe the question of who is the winner of ice cream consumption is best left unanswered. If the Finns, Swedes and Norwegians can eat so much ice cream in such a cold climate, then I think they all deserve the gold medal.