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Table 1 Prevalence (%) of physical inactivity adults in the European Union countries between 2002 and 2005 and countries releasing nationals plans for physical activity promotion for or between those years

From: A retrospective analysis of policy development on compliance with World Health Organization’s physical activity recommendations between 2002 and 2005 in European Union adults: closing the gap between research and policy

  2002 2005 Z-score p-value
Mean 95% CI Mean (%) 95% CI   
European Union (n = 31,946) 35.5% 34.8–36.2% 29.8% 29.1–30.5% 10.84 <  0.001
Country
 Austria (n = 1944) 41.4% 38.3–44.5% 22.3% 19.7–24.9% 9.05 <  0.001
 Belgium (n = 2026) 45.1% 42.1–48.1% 32.9% 29.9–35.9% 5.59 <  0.001
 Denmark (n = 1996) 25.6% 22.9–28.3% 22.9% 20.3–25.5% 1.4 0.16
 Finland (n = 1959) 26.6% 23.8–29.4% 26.6% 23.8–29.3% 0.02 0.99
 France (n = 1994) 45.1% 42.1–48.2% 40.3% 37.2–43.3% 2.2 0.03
 Germany (n = 3480) 30.2% 28.2–32.2% 16.7% 14.8–18.6% 9.19 <  0.001
 Greece (n = 1938) 33.6% 30.7–36.6% 19.9% 17.4–22.4% 6.84 <  0.001
 Ireland (n = 1919) 36.2% 33.2–39.3% 40.1% 37–43.2% 1.75 0.08
 Italy (n = 1963) 41.3% 38.2–44.4% 40.3% 37.2–43.4% 0.46 0.65
 Luxemburg (n = 1043) 31.2% 27.4–35% 29.2% 25.1–33.3% 0.68 0.5
 Netherlands (n = 1986) 24.3% 21.6–26.9% 10.8% 8.8–12.7% 7.91 <  0.001
 Portugal (n = 1917) 39.2% 36.1–42.3% 41.1% 38–44.2% 0.86 0.39
 Spain (n = 3810) 38.4% 35.2–41.5% 39.2% 36.1–42.3% 0.39 0.7
 Sweden (n = 2006) 35.2% 32.2–38.2% 28.6% 25.8–31.4% 3.19 0.001
 United Kingdom (n = 1965) 39.2% 36.1–42.2% 34.4% 31.4–37.4% 2.18 0.03
  1. CI Confidence intervals