According to a new study by the Federal Office of Sport, the number of Swiss residents aged 15 or older who never participate in physical activity is down to 16 percent, one of the lowest percentages in Europe. Only Finland and Sweden can boast a better performance, with rates of 13 percent and 15 percent, respectively. It is the first time that the number of people who do not participate in sports in Switzerland has declined since 2000, the year of the first study. The improvement has mainly been driven by women and people who are middle-aged or older, the researchers said. The share of the Swiss who participate in physical activity for at least three hours per week has increased to 51 percent, as compared to 36 percent in 2000 and 44 percent in 2008. Hiking is still the Swiss’ favorite sport across all age groups, among both men and women. It is chosen by 56.9 percent pf the population, representing a 12.6 percent increase from 2008. Hiking is followed by cycling at 42 percent, swimming at 38.6 percent, skiing at 34.9 percent, running at 27 percent, fitness at 17.2 percent and bodybuilding at 13.3 percent. The survey was conducted among 12,000 people aged 15 or older.