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Participants from a staggering 182 countries have signed up for this year’s Veganuary – the charity has revealed.

The initiative – which encourages people to try a vegan diet throughout January – has had its most successful year yet.

So far more than 160,000 people have signed up to take part – dwarfing 2017’s figure of around 60,000.

Top 20

According to Veganuary Co-founder Matthew Glover: “Among the top 20 countries for numbers of participants so far are the US, Sweden, Canada, Australia and China.

“You’ll see the UK is top of the list, but as we’re a UK registered charity this would be expected.

“The good news is that we’ve been truly global with people from 182 countries signing up.”

Pope going vegan?

According to Glover, when considered participants are considered in relation to the size of their country, the leaderboard changes.

He added: “With one person at the Vatican City taking part, their population of just 800 sees that country take the number one spot. 

“Rumours that the Pope is taking part are unsubstantiated.” 

There’s still time – you cansign up for Veganuary here

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.