Where does New Zealand rank among the laziest countries in the world? It might surprise you.

Scientists at Stanford University analysed over 68 million days of physical activity based on smartphone measurements from nearly 720,000 people across 46 countries.

The study was published in Journal Nature, and all the people involved in the study had their activity monitored on a fitness app and how many steps they took a day were counted.

They found that Hong Kong was the most active country in the world with a score of 22.2 on the activity inequality scale with an average step count of nearly 7,000 a day.

The activity inequality that they were measuring is the difference between the fittest people in a country and the laziest people in that particular country.

New Zealand isn’t as lazy as our mates across the ditch, but we’re not quite the most active either and we came in at 6th on the list with an activity inequality of 31.1.

China placed second on the list (24.5), followed by Sweden (24.6), South Korea (24.7), and the Czech Republic (24.8).

Two sets of neighbouring countries, United States and Canada and New Zealand and Australia both broke the 30 markers but Saudi Arabia was deemed the least active with a score of 32.5.

The full list of countries is below.

The following table and more data are also available here.

Rank Country Activity Inequality
1 Hong Kong 22.2
2 China 24.5
3 Sweden 24.6
4 South Korea 24.7
5 Czech Republic 24.8
6 Japan 24.8
7 Singapore 24.9
8 Norway 25.2
9 Ukraine 25.2
10 Netherlands 26.1
11 Spain 26.1
12 Taiwan 26.2
13 Denmark 26.2
14 Russia 26.2
15 Chile 26.3
16 Switzerland 26.3
17 Turkey 26.4
18 Finland 26.6
19 Germany 26.6
20 France 26.8
21 Poland 26.9
22 Brazil 27.2
23 Israel 27.2
24 Thailand 27.2
25 Hungary 27.3
26 Italy 27.5
27 Portugal 27.6
28 Belgium 27.6
29 Mexico 27.9
30 United Arab Emirates 28.1
31 Indonesia 28.3
32 Romania 28.3
33 South Africa 28.4
34 Ireland 28.5
35 Malaysia 28.8
36 United Kingdom 28.8
37 Qatar 29.1
38 India 29.3
39 Greece 29.5
40 Philippines 29.8
41 New Zealand 30.1
42 United States 30.3
43 Egypt 30.3
44 Canada 30.3
45 Australia 30.4
46 Saudi Arabia 32.5
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