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The world's most caffeinated countries

Hmm? Did America top the list? According to Businessweek, although the U.S. consumes the most coffee, it "can't crack the top 10 on a per-capita basis." Part of the reason for that, according to researchers, is that Americans like a lot of milk in their coffee -- just think lattes.

So who is the big winner here? Turns out, it's Finland. People who live in colder climates tend to be big coffee drinkers -- the Scandinavian countries are well represented in Euromonitor International's list of the 50 most caffeinated countries.

You can find a list of the top 10 below...

All in all, researchers say coffee consumption tends to rise as a country's middle-class expands. In fact, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he expects China, with its emerging middle class, to become the coffee chain's biggest customer outside the United States. As for where the U.S. is on the list, we clock in at number 16. Does that surprise you? Slovenia, Poland, Australia, Belgium and Costa Rica are numbers 11-15.

The top 10 most caffeinated countries and liters per capita:

  1. Finland: 608.2
  2. Norway: 322.6
  3. Denmark: 180.6
  4. Germany: 145.9
  5. Slovakia: 144.6
  6. Czech Republic: 142.8
  7. Sweden: 139
  8. United: Kingdom: 134.7
  9. Canada: 125.6
  10. Greece: 116.2

Data: Euromonitor. Find the whole list here.

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I am surprised that a few more Latin American countries did not make the list....I lived in there during my late teens and everyone drank coffee!

It makes sense that mostly cold nations would make the list. I am surprised that Italy wasn't listed though.

My thoughts about Italy, too, until I realized that much of Italian coffee is drunk as espresso, heavily caffeinated but small (by comparison) in volume. Now THAT would be an interesting comparison: grams of caffeine per capita! Ciao!

Ed, pretty sure this is in terms of grams caffeine/capita, hence the explanation for US drinking the most coffee drinks but not being in even the top 10.

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