Sport and leisure

Sport and leisure – facts and figures

The Swiss are keen sports enthusiasts, especially outdoor pursuits.


Football is the most popular sport in Switzerland. The country is also home to the headquarters of the most important international football federations, FIFA and UEFA.


Skiing is Switzerland's national sport. Imbued with alpine symbolism, skiing is an intrinsic part of the country's national identity.

Ice hockey

Ice hockey is very popular in Switzerland and matches are guaranteed stadium fillers.

Other sports

As well as football, skiing and ice hockey the Swiss enjoy gymnastics, tennis, golf, riding and shooting.

Leisure pursuits

For lovers of the great outdoors, Switzerland has a great deal to offer.