Special Eurobarometer Survey on sport and physical activity now available!

Special Eurobarometer Survey on sport and physical activity now available!

A special Eurobarometer survey on sport and physical activity was carried out by TNS Opinion & Social network in late 2013 in the 28 EU Member States. It follows comparable surveys conducted in 2002 and 2009, and contributes to providing information to support the development of policies to promote sport and physical activity. It shows that “59% of European Union citizens never or seldom exercise or play sport, while 41% do so at least once a week. “




Few findings:

  • Northern Europe is more physically active than the South and East. 70% of respondents in Sweden said they 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%).
  • The survey shows that local authorities in particular could do more to encourage citizens to be physically active. While 74% of respondents believe that local sport clubs and other providers provide sufficient opportunities for this, 39% think their local authorities are not doing enough.
  • European citizens’ sedentary behaviour has not improved in the last decade.On a usual day, about two-thirds (69%) of respondents spend between 2.5 and 8.5 hours sitting (an increase of five percentage points compared with 2002), while 11% sit for more than 8.5 hours and 17% for 2.5 hours or less.


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