Eurobarometer on sport: nearly 60% of EU citizens never or seldom exercise
According to the results of the latest Eurobarometer survey on sport and physical activity, nearly 60% of European Union citizens never or seldom exercise or play sport. Northern Europe is more physically active than the South and East.
70% of respondents in Sweden exercise or play sport at least once a week, just ahead of Denmark (68%) and Finland (66%), followed by the Netherlands (58%) and Luxembourg (54%). At the other end of the scale, 78% never do so in Bulgaria, followed by Malta (75%), Portugal (64%), Romania (60%) and Italy (60%).
Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner responsible for sport, said: "The results of the Eurobarometer confirm the need for measures to encourage more people to make sport and physical activity a part of their daily lives. This is crucial, not only in terms of an individual's health, wellbeing and integration, but also because of the significant economic costs resulting from physical inactivity."