Test Yourself: Beekeeping in the European Union
Insight into European beekeeping is presented in a fascinating article by Marie-Pierre Chauzat et al in PLOS ONE, the highly respected biology publication. A few questions and answers should show why it’s such a good read:
Which EU country has most colonies?
Spain: almost 2.5 million.
Which EU country has the highest percentage of professional beekeepers?
Which country has the highest yielding colonies?
Finland: 4 tons per 100 colonies
Which country gets most honey for its size?
Hungary: 20 tons per 100km square
Which country exports most honey?
Germany: 20,000 tons per year
Which country imports most honey?
Germany: 90,000 tons per year
Which country produces most Royal Jelly?
France: 7000 kg
Which country produces most queens?
Lots more statistics in the PlOS ONE article, Demographics of the European Apicultural Industry.