Sports play a vital role in European societies, as they not only contribute to the health and well-being of people but also have a strong economic impact on the continent. Among the different nations, various preferences can be seen regarding types of sport. Hiking, cycling, running and swimming however seem to be the most common sports as they are recurrent among the most popular sports in most countries such as France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and most others. These rather generic types of sports are followed by the more specific types such as football, tennis, golf and gymnastics. When it comes to the frequency of exercise and sports participation in Europe, more than half of men and women over the age of 55 years do not do any sports. In contrast, more than half of men and women between the age of 15 and 24 years exercise or play sport with at least some regularity.
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In the following 6 chapters, you will quickly find the 41 most important statistics relating to "Sports in Europe".