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One in ten Swedes is vegetarian: survey

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Ten percent of Sweden's population are now vegetarian or vegan, with demand for meat-free diet options seeing a nationwide surge with young Swedes leading the charge.

There has been a four-percent increase in the number of Swedish vegetarians over the past five years, a survey revealed on Thursday.

Pollsters Demoskop carried out the study commissioned by Animal Rights Sweden (Djurens Rätt), the largest animal rights organization in Scandinavia.

Six percent of the respondents to the survey said they were vegetarians and four percent said they were vegan.

"It's pleasing that the figures have increased over the last five years, but I would have been surprised if they hadn't," Gabriela Turneborg at the animal rights organization said in a statement.

She added that the increased demand for vegetarian food was "noticeable everywhere". Indeed, 37 percent of non-vegetarian respondents said their interest for buying vegetarian food had increased over the past year. 

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Turneborg said the findings were unsurprising and that many Swedish restaurants and supermarkets were increasing their supply to meet the demand. The most common age for Swedish vegetarians is the 15-24 age group, with 17 percent of those surveyed falling in the non-meat category.

The survey was carried out in late February and early March with 1,000 respondents interviewed by telephone.

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