Per Capita Olympic Medal Table

Which is the most successful Olympic Nation ?

Few would doubt that the former East Germany would have been a major contender for this title. Indeed. this country of 16 million inhabitants competed at par with giants USA and USSR.

Yet it is tiny Liechtenstein that takes this honour. Having won 9 olympic medals is a major achievement for a country of 35,000 inhabitants.

The following list shows the relative number of medals won by each country:

Column 'years' lists the years during which the country competed in the Olympics - countries no longer active are not numbered in the ranking. Column 'med' shows the number of medals won (since 1948). Column 'inh' is the number of inhabitants (mid 2009, x000) Column 'N-Oly' is the number of Olympic games that the country has competed in. adjusted for medal count per olympiad. The 2008-2010 Olympics (Beijing and Vancouver combined) count for 1 = 1219 medals, but the 1948 Games count only 0.393 (479 medals). The last column should be read : medals per 10 million inhabitants per standard Olympiad.

rk10 rk08 rk06 country years med inh N-Oly rel
1 1 1 Liechtenstein 48 10 9 36 10.589 239.42
East Germany 68 88 515 17579 3.647 80.33
2 2 2 Norway 48 10 319 4762 10.589 63.26
3 3 3 Finland 48 10 261 5310 10.589 46.42
4 4 4 Hungary 48 10 380 10032 10.589 35.77
5 5 5 Sweden 48 10 335 9214 10.589 34.34
6 6 9 Bahamas 52 10 10 335 10.196 29.28
7 7 6 Bulgaria 48 10 219 7569 10.589 27.32
8 8 7 Switzerland 48 10 218 7617 10.589 27.03
9 9 8 Estonia 92 10 17 1340 4.739 26.77
10 10 10 Austria 48 10 228 8338 10.589 25.82
11 11 14 Slovenia 92 10 22 2029 4.739 22.88
12 12 16 Belarus 94 10 75 9675 3.930 19.72
13 13 17 Jamaica 48 10 54 2688 10.589 18.97
14 14 12 New Zealand 48 10 83 4268 10.589 18.37
15 15 13 Australia 48 10 414 21338 10.589 18.32
16 16 11 Tonga 88 10 1 103 5.454 17.80
17 17 15 Denmark 48 10 103 5494 10.589 17.70
18 21 21 Latvia 92 10 17 2266 4.739 15.83
19 18 20 Cuba 48 10 183 11236 10.589 15.38
20 20 19 Netherlands 48 10 248 16433 10.589 14.71
21 19 18 Bermuda 48 10 1 65 10.589 14.51
22 24 26 Croatia 92 10 24 4433 4.739 12.85
23 22 22 Romania 48 10 291 21508 10.589 12.78
Czecho-Slovakia 48 92 134 15809 6.659 12.73
24 26 24 Czech Rep. 94 10 44 10408 3.930 12.22
25 23 27 Iceland 48 10 4 315 10.589 11.99
26 25 23 Germany 92 10 466 82143 4.739 11.97
27 30 29 Slovakia 94 10 24 5401 3.930 11.31
28 27 25 Virgin Islands (US) 68 10 1 113 8.386 10.55
29 28 30 Georgia 94 10 18 4360 3.930 10.50
30 31 28 Trinidad & Tobago 48 10 14 1305 10.589 10.13
West Germany 68 88 238 64564 3.647 10.11
31 29 32 Lithuania 92 10 16 3358 4.739 10.05
Germany (E+W) 48 64 167 82143 2.203 9.23
32 32 31 Canada 48 10 309 33213 10.589 8.79
33 35 35 Mongolia 64 10 19 2652 8.884 8.06
34 34 33 Italy 48 10 497 59760 10.589 7.85
Soviet-Union 52 88 1193 284206 5.457 7.69
35 33 54 Armenia 94 10 9 2996 3.930 7.64
36 36 36 Kazakhstan 94 10 45 15655 3.930 7.31
37 37 34 Russia 94 10 407 141841 3.930 7.30
38 38 38 France 48 10 440 62028 10.589 6.70
Yugoslavia (1945-1991) 48 88 75 20337 5.850 6.30
39 39 39 Poland 48 10 252 38111 10.589 6.24
Unified Team CIS 92 92 134 277242 0.809 5.98
40 40 37 Luxembourg 48 10 3 488 10.589 5.81
41 41 44 Great-Britain 48 10 373 61446 10.589 5.73
42 42 47 Ukraine 94 10 101 46222 3.930 5.56
43 45 45 U.S.A. 48 10 1690 305146 10.589 5.23
44 43 43 Belgium 48 10 59 10697 10.589 5.21
45 46 41 Netherl. Antilles 52 10 1 196 10.196 5.00
46 44 53 Azerbaijan 94 10 16 8178 3.930 4.98
47 47 52 Korea. Republic 48 10 260 50187 10.589 4.89
48 48 40 Suriname 68 10 2 516 8.386 4.62
49 50 50 Greece 48 10 54 11239 10.589 4.54
50 49 51 Ireland 48 10 21 4467 10.589 4.44
51 53 48 Barbados 68 10 1 282 8.386 4.23
52 54 Serbia 10 10 3 7352 1.000 4.08
53 52 46 Namibia 92 10 4 2089 4.739 4.04
54 55 49 Djibouti 88 10 1 506 5.454 3.62
55 56 55 Moldova 94 10 5 3760 3.930 3.38
South Africa (- 56) 48 56 21 48483 1.265 3.40
56 Serbia & Montenegro
(=Yugoslavia 1992-2003)
92 06 12 7978 3.739 3.14
56 57 57 Japan 48 10 354 127674 10.589 2.62
57 51 42 Qatar 88 10 2 1448 5.454 2.53
58 58 58 Korea. People's Dem Rep 72 10 43 23867 7.867 2.29
59 59 60 Spain 48 10 108 45661 10.589 2.23
60 60 61 Kenya 56 10 74 37954 9.765 2.00
61 62 59 Uruguay 48 10 7 3350 10.589 1.97
62 64 63 Portugal 48 10 19 10649 10.589 1.68
63 63 65 Uzbekistan 94 10 18 27345 3.930 1.67
64 65 78 Kyrgyzstan 94 10 3 5281 3.930 1.45
65 66 64 Puerto Rico 48 10 6 3958 10.589 1.43
66 61 Bahrain 80 10 1 1084 6.694 1.38
67 67 62 Macedonia (FYROM) 96 10 1 2039 3.780 1.30
68 68 66 Guyana 48 10 1 736 10.589 1.28
69 73 81 Zimbabwe 80 10 8 11350 6.694 1.05
70 70 69 Turkey 48 10 79 71002 10.589 1.05
71 69 Mauritius 72 10 1 1269 7.867 1.00
72 71 73 Argentina 48 10 42 39737 10.589 1.00
73 72 71 Israel 52 10 7 7018 10.196 0.98
74 74 68 Lebanon 48 10 4 4142 10.589 0.91
75 77 72 Costa Rica 48 10 4 4389 10.589 0.86
76 78 80 Panama 48 10 3 3310 10.589 0.86
77 76 74 Chinese Taipei 56 10 19 22996 9.765 0.85
78 75 70 South Africa 92 10 19 48783 4.739 0.82
79 79 Tajikistan 94 10 2 6839 3.930 0.74
80 80 76 Tunisia 60 10 7 10325 9.324 0.73
81 81 75 Morocco 60 10 21 31606 9.324 0.71
82 82 67 Eritrea 98 10 1 5028 3.089 0.64
83 84 79 Chile 48 10 11 16454 10.589 0.63
84 83 77 Iran 48 10 48 72269 10.589 0.63
85 85 84 Ethiopia 56 10 38 78254 9.765 0.50
86 88 87 China 80 10 431 1324681 6.694 0.49
87 87 94 Dominican Rep. 64 10 4 9507 8.884 0.47
88 86 93 Singapore 64 10 2 4839 8.884 0.47
89 89 85 Algeria 64 10 14 34574 8.386 0.46
90 91 88 Brazil 48 10 88 187163 10.589 0.44
91 90 86 Mexico 48 10 49 106683 10.589 0.43
92 92 90 Venezuela 48 10 11 27884 10.589 0.37
93 93 83 Kuwait 68 10 1 3530 8.386 0.34
94 94 89 United Arab Emirates 80 10 1 4660 6.694 0.32
95 96 95 Thailand 52 10 21 64316 10.056 0.32
96 97 92 Cameroon 64 10 5 18468 8.884 0.30
97 95 82 Burundi 96 10 1 8691 3.780 0.30
98 98 91 Hong Kong 52 10 2 6992 10.196 0.28
99 99 101 Colombia 48 10 10 44442 10.589 0.21
100 100 96 Uganda 56 10 6 29166 9.765 0.21
101 101 99 Syria 48 10 4 19514 10.589 0.19
102 102 97 Zambia 64 10 2 11670 8.884 0.19
103 103 98 Paraguay 68 10 1 6238 8.386 0.19
104 105 102 Egypt 48 10 14 74805 10.589 0.18
105 104 Togo 68 10 1 6762 8.386 0.18
106 106 100 Ghana 52 10 4 23383 10.196 0.17
107 107 112 Ecuador 60 10 2 13481 9.324 0.16
108 108 104 Nigeria 52 10 23 146255 10.196 0.15
109 109 106 Malaysia 56 10 4 27027 9.765 0.15
110 110 103 Mozambique 80 10 2 21285 6.694 0.14
111 111 105 Peru 48 10 4 28534 10.589 0.13
112 112 111 Indonesia 52 10 25 234342 10.196 0.10
113 113 108 Saudi Arabia 72 10 2 24780 7.867 0.10
114 114 110 Sri Lanka 48 10 2 19394 10.589 0.10
115 115 107 Senegal 64 10 1 12688 8.884 0.09
116 116 109 Niger 64 10 1 14731 8.884 0.08
117 117 115 Pakistan 48 10 10 161910 10.589 0.06
118 118 113 Côte d'Ivoire 64 10 1 19624 8.884 0.06
119 119 114 Tanzania 64 10 2 40213 8.884 0.06
120 120 116 Philippines 48 10 4 90227 10.589 0.04
121 122 118 Vietnam 80 10 2 88537 6.694 0.03
122 121 Afghanistan 48 10 1 28266 10.589 0.03
123 123 117 Iraq 48 10 1 29492 10.589 0.03
124 124 Sudan 60 10 1 39445 9.324 0.03
125 125 119 India 48 10 15 1147996 10.589 0.01

Other countries that are still waiting for their first medals.

(if you are wondering what the list looked like before Sydney, here it still is. Here was the list before Salt Lake City, here before Athina, here before Torino, here before Beijing, here before Vancouver)

I have compiled this list by myself. I do not claim it is completely correct. but have worked hard at making it as correct as possible.

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Adapted after Vancouver 2010-02-28

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