Food & Soft drinks

least free less free freer freest
 Country Taxes (Out of 35) Vending machines (Out of 10) Energy drinks (Out of 5) Advertising (Out of 25) Mandatory ingredient limits (Out of 25) TOTAL (Out of 100) Change since 2017
1 Hungary 25 0 0 0 4 29
3= Ireland 10 0 0 10 0 20
3= UK 10 1 0 9 0 20
4 Latvia 5 0 5 3 2 15
5 France 7 4 0 1 0 12
7= Estonia 10 0 0 0 0 10
7= Finland 10 0 0 0 0 10
10= Belgium 7 0 0 0 2 9
10= Lithuania 0 1 5 3 0 9
10= Portugal 7 0 0 0 2 9
11 Denmark 3 0 0 0 5 8
12 Bulgaria 0 0 0 0 6 6
14= Greece 0 0 0 0 4 4
14= Slovenia 0 4 0 0 0 4
15 Sweden 0 0 0 3 0 3
19= Austria 0 0 0 0 2 2
19= Italy 0 2 0 0 0 2
19= Netherlands 0 0 0 0 2 2
19= Poland 0 2 0 0 0 2
20 Spain 1 0 0 0 0 1
28= Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0 –––
28= Cyprus 0 0 0 0 0 0 –––
28= Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 –––
28= Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 –––
28= Luxembourg 0 0 0 0 0 0 –––
28= Malta 0 0 0 0 0 0 –––
28= Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0 –––
28= Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 –––

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The Nanny State Index (NSI) is a league table of the worst places in the European Union to eat, drink, smoke and vape. The initiative was launched in March 2016 and was a media hit right across Europe. It is masterminded and led by IEA’s Christopher Snowdon with partners from all over Europe.

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Criteria

This category is made up of five categories with a total score of 100.

Taxation. This includes any taxes (in excess of normal sales tax) placed on food products, soft drinks or specific ingredients. Scores are given according to the number of products taxed and the size of the tax. Up to 10 points for sugary drinks, 3 points for energy drinks, 2 points for zero-sugar drinks and up to 20 points for food = a maximum of 35 points.

Advertising restrictions. Up to 25 points are awarded according to the scope and severity of advertising restrictions.

Energy drinks. Some countries regulate caffeinated cold drinks (‘energy drinks’) more severely than traditional, caffeinated hot drinks. Restrictions on advertising these drinks are included in ‘advertising restrictions’ above but a further five points are awarded for a total ban on the sale of energy drinks to people aged under 18 years.

Vending machines. Up to 10 points are awarded for bans on food vending machines and/or bans on certain food/drink products being sold from vending machines. Scores depend on the scope of the ban (eg. schools, hospitals) and the number products affected.

Mandatory Limits. Up to 25 points are awarded for legally enforced limits on ingredients in food. Note: some countries have ‘voluntary agreements’ with industry with regards to levels of salt, fat and sugar. As these are not statutory, we do not include them as part of the Index, despite the fact that these ‘voluntary’ agreements are frequently backed up with the threat of legislation.


Food & Soft drinks

least free less free freer freest
 Country Taxes (Out of 35) Vending machines (Out of 10) Energy drinks (Out of 5) Advertising (Out of 25) Mandatory ingredient limits (Out of 25) TOTAL (Out of 100) Change since 2017
1 Hungary 25 0 0 0 4 29
3= Ireland 10 0 0 10 0 20
3= UK 10 1 0 9 0 20
4 Latvia 5 0 5 3 2 15
5 France 7 4 0 1 0 12
7= Estonia 10 0 0 0 0 10
7= Finland 10 0 0 0 0 10
10= Belgium 7 0 0 0 2 9
10= Lithuania 0 1 5 3 0 9
10= Portugal 7 0 0 0 2 9
11 Denmark 3 0 0 0 5 8
12 Bulgaria 0 0 0 0 6 6
14= Greece 0 0 0 0 4 4
14= Slovenia 0 4 0 0 0 4
15 Sweden 0 0 0 3 0 3
19= Austria 0 0 0 0 2 2
19= Italy 0 2 0 0 0 2
19= Netherlands 0 0 0 0 2 2
19= Poland 0 2 0 0 0 2
20 Spain 1 0 0 0 0 1
28= Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0 –––
28= Cyprus 0 0 0 0 0 0 –––
28= Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 –––
28= Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 –––
28= Luxembourg 0 0 0 0 0 0 –––
28= Malta 0 0 0 0 0 0 –––
28= Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0 –––
28= Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 –––

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