Greeks among EU’s least sporty, poll shows

Greeks are among the least athletic citizens in the entire 27-nation European Union along with the Italians and Bulgarians, according to a Eurobarometer poll whose results were made public yesterday. Only 3 percent of Greek respondents said they exercised regularly, the same percentage as their Italian and Bulgarian counterparts. Nearly seven in 10 (67 percent) of Greeks declared that they never worked out, making them more slothful than the Bulgarians (58 percent) and the Portuguese and Italians (with 55 percent) and well above the EU average of 39 percent. According to the poll, the Swedes and the Finns are the most sporty EU citizens with only 6 percent and 7 percent respectively claiming never to exercise. Of the Greek respondents questioned for the Eurobarometer poll, only 13 percent claimed to be members of a gym or sports club, well below the EU average of 25 percent.

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