Sports location distribution of children and youths in Finland in 2018, by frequency

This statistic shows the results of a survey regarding the location of sporting activities of children and youths in Finland in 2018. According to the survey, 44 percent of the respondents did sports daily by themselves. The corresponding figure for respondents playing sports with their parent or other guardian was five percent. 67 percent of respondents never played sports in a school-organized sports club, and 13 percent did not currently participate in any kind of sporting activity.

Where do you do sports in your free time?

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Release date

March 2019



Survey time period

March to May 2018

Number of respondents

1,599 respondents

Age group

7-29 years

Supplementary notes

According to the source, the sample of the survey with regards to age, gender, and first language represents the Finnish population. Different survey methods were used for different age groups:
6 years: Telephone and face-to-face interviews (n=152)
7 to 9 years: Telephone and face-to-face interviews (n=187)
10 to 14 years: Telephone interviews (n=304)
15 to 29 years: Telephone interviews and online survey (n=956).

According to the source, sports in this context is meant to signify all kinds of exercising and sporting activities done during free time. Therefore, sports done during school or work is not included.

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