Thanks for the warm welcoming guys!
I have travelled some. Perhaps not enough to make a fair "global comparison" but still. Stockholm is relatively veggie friendly. You can usually get vegetarian food, often also vegan food pretty much in any restaurant. If they don't have it they are most often willing to try to make it. It's better in Stockholm than the rest of the ****ry I'd say. The small towns are small. There's no market for vegetarain food, simple as that.
"Social progressiveness"... let me get back on that. In a bit of a rush now, gonna help a friend in moving.
Of all the countries I've been to India stands out as being the best for a vegetarian. Nowhere else is it as easy to order vegetarian food as it is in India. Pretty much everything else is harder to do in India, from booking a hotel room to finding a decent toilet but ordering vegetarian food is dead simple and almost always met with deep respect. Only in India can you get away with saying "Look, I'd rather the cook didn't prepare meat with the same pots and pans" and they'll go "Sure, we know, we're religious too!".
The list of the comics I love would be too long for me to type but... Charles Schulz, Hergé, Hugo Pratt, Frank Miller, Ross Campbell, Lynn Johnston, Cecilia Torudd, Martin Kellerman, Alan Moore, Jodorowsky, Milo Manara... and abotu a hundred more! As for the comics I draw myself, please go here http://terjelarssonserier.blogspot.com/
They're all in swedish but sometimes they're drawn with no dialogue and I'll be happy to translate any of it to anyone here who is interested. Some are definitely "on topic" for this forum.