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Portugal “worst country in Europe” for adults who exercise

More than one in three adults in the European Union does not meet the recommendations of the World Health Organization on physical activity and Portugal is the worst placed country of the 27, reveals a report released today. The report, by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), finds that in 2016, 35.4% of adults in the 27 European Union countries were not sufficiently active according to WHO criteria, which recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week. Among the 27 EU member states, Finland was the highest ranked country, with less than 20% of adults missing the WHO recommendation, while Portugal was at the opposite extreme, with more than 45% of adults falling short of the recommendation.