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The Main Organisations

Danish sports are organised in three main bodies. The largest is the Sports Confederation of Denmark (Danmarks Idræts-Forbund, DIF), followed by the Danish Gymnastics and Sports Associations (Danske Gymnastik- og Idrætsforeninger, DGI) and the Danish Company Sports Federation (Dansk Firmaidrætsforbund, DFIF).

DIF was established in 1896. In 1993, it merged with the National Olympic Committee (Danmarks Olympiske Komité). It has 1.6m members in 60 different specialist associations with some 11,000 clubs.

DGI is almost as big with 1.4m members, distributed among 16 regional associations with 5,000 local branches.

Finally, the somewhat smaller national organisation, DFIF, has 330,000 members in 8, 000 company clubs. The three main organisations together form the Joint Sports Council (Idrættens Fællesråd).

Many sports people belong to more than one association, and it is estimated that almost two million Danes actively engage in association sports, corresponding to about 40% of the Danish population.


Claus Jacobsen, Gyldendal Leksikon