Monday, November 07, 2016

The Nordics Exercise The Most And Smoke The Least In Europe

Via Business Insider:

The European Social Survey has released its findings on European countries’ physical and mental health status. The survey included 21 European countries including Israel; where each country individually self-reported their citizens’ health.

The report found that the Nordic people’s (and Ireland) are the most physically active in Europe. Among the Nordic countries between 25 and 30 per cent of people exercise three to four times a week, with the only exception being Danish men with 20 per cent.

Another area where the Nordics stood out was in their low smoking rates. While Sweden is the country with the smallest share of smokers, around 15 percent, all of the Nordic countries have seen huge drops from their peak smoking days. All countries used to have more than 60 per cent of their citizens smoking regularly. Currently Danish and Finnish men report the highest smoking rates, at around 27 and 28 per cent, respectively.

The Swedish people had the third highest overall score in Europe, the best among the Nordic countries, and trailing only Switzerland and Ireland, according to duochjobbet.se, a magazine covering working environments.

The Nordic countries had relatively good overall health results. Here are some selected findings:

Sweden

Lowest smoking-rates in Europe; only 15 per cent are smokers, which is a striking drop when considering that more than 75 per cent of the people used to smoke. Lowest incidence of heart problems

Finland

The percentage of respondents reporting heart and circulation problems is particularly high in Finland. Finland is among the happiest countries, with the lowest rates of serious depressive symptoms, together with Norway

Denmark

Lowest rates of self-reported obesity among women. Merely 38,9 per cent of women think of themselves as overweight or obese

Norway

The lowest share of people currently suffering from cancer, together with Sweden

The report also revealed a lot about the general health habits of Europeans...

Women are much more likely than men to report depressive symptoms and severe headaches

Almost a third of French women are suffering severe headaches

Portugal has the lowest exercise-rates

British, Irish and Portugese people drink the most

Lithuania has the most smokers, almost half of the population

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