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With a certain crushing inevitability, the Nordics are showing the rest of us up, possibly led by Alexander Stubb, Finland’s former prime minister and Europe’s Ironman of European politics.

Eurostat said almost half of the adult population of Europe does no exercise at all, but almost a third does at least 2.5 hours a week. It notes that “while the proportion of time spent on exercise tends to decrease with age, it tends to increase with the education level of the individual.”

As the chart above shows, the Nordic region is by far the most active. Chief couch potatoes include Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria.

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