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Recreation and Sports

Danish people enjoy sports, whether playing or watching.  Almost two thirds of all children and young people in Denmark play sport in their leisure time. Football is the most popular sport. For a more leisurely sport, try fishing which is also popular there. There are many sporting clubs and associations in Denmark.  Denmark has been successful in hosting many major events, thanks to its strong sports club system.

The Danish sports scene is characterised by three important and interconnected sectors: government, private and civil. In the civil sector, the sports associations are primarily represented by three national organisations: National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF), Danish Gymnastics and Sports Associations (DGI) and The Danish Federation of Company Sports (DFIF).  The Danish clubs function on voluntary work, openness and joint responsibility. Many important tasks as club coaches or sport officials are carried out on a voluntary basis.