Love it or hate it, the Danish Christmas tradition stipulates one type of food must be present on the table, and that food is pickled herring.
For a country whose waters are abundant with this small species of fish, it might come as a surprise that the majority of pickled herring sold here comes from Norway.
Less than ten percent of the 15 million jars of pickled herring consumed each year are caught in Danish waters, according to the Danish Seafood Association. The reason is quite simple: Norwegian herring are much larger.
“Norway has the biggest herring and that is what the Danish consumer wants,” Jørgen Andersen, a factory foreman at the Lykkeberg Herring Company, told DR.
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