Denmark: physical activity policy snapshot

This snapshot presents strengths and weaknesses of national physical activity policy actions in Denmark. Compare Denmark with other European countries in our MOVING policy index.

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Denmark implements policy actions in all 6 policy areas of the MOVING framework. Two policy areas achieved a good assessment, specifically action at national government level on increasing physical activity through public communication which builds behaviour change skills (N) and initiatives that promote physical activity in schools, community and recreation (M).

Within policy areas, weaknesses were identified in physical activity outside of school hours, community and mass participation initiatives, and financial incentives to promote physical activity, which affected otherwise well-designed policy actions on physical activity in schools (M). Similarly, well-designed policies to promote physical activity in primary care were impacted by a lack of focus on outpatient settings and lack of training for healthcare professionals in this area (G). Further weaknesses in policy design were found on training in physical activity for professionals outside of healthcare and physical activity in the workplace (O), walking and cycling infrastructure (V) and road safety actions (I). Notable gaps were found on active design guidelines within and outside buildings (V) and policies promoting public transport (I).

Greater attention should be given to all policy actions within the 4 areas that received a fair or moderate assessment: structures and surroundings which promote physical activity (V), improving transport infrastructure to promote active societies (I), physical activity in the workplace (O) and training across for those within healthcare (G).

Download a full analysis and breakdown of Denmark’s results (pdf, English)

This country snapshot presents detailed results of the MOVING policy index for Denmark. Full index results are outlined in the MOVING policy brief (pdf), which compares Denmark with other European countries and explains the methods for producing this snapshot and the index.

The index assesses if national government policy actions exist across all areas of the MOVING framework and, if so, how well designed they are. We produced this assessment by benchmarking policies from Denmark, collected through a comprehensive scan. You can view all benchmarked policies in our MOVING database.

Overview of physical activity policy status in Denmark

Denmark MOVING overview

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