It might come as a surprise to many that the place that drinks the most wine in the world is none other than Vatican City. Vatican City is the smallest country in the world; in 2012, it had only 450 residents. A study conducted in the same year revealed that every resident of Vatican City consumes an average of 74 liters of wine annually. That's about 100 bottles of wine per capita. In comparison, only about half of that amount is consumed in France, and even less in the United Kingdom.
There are various theories as to why this might be. Some believe it has to do with Vatican City's demographics. Older, educated men are proportionally high in this independent city-state. Others argue that high consumption is due to wine being taxed less than in other countries. Still others feel that much of the consumption is ceremonial communion wine.
Following Vatican City in wine consumption are European micro-states Andorra and Luxemborg. These are all small states with small populations. So it may be an additional indication that Vatican City drinks the most wine due to size and population more than anything else.
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