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 32,600 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Column 'years' lists the years during which the country competed in the Olympics - countries no longer active are not numbered in the ranking.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 2000, x000) Column 'N-Oly' is the number of Olympic games that the country has competed in. adjusted for medal count per olympiad. The 2000-2002 Olympics (Sydney and Salt Lake City combined) count for 1 = 1161 medals, but the 1948 Games count only .413 (479 medals). The last column should be read : medals per 10 million inhabitants per standard Olympiad.

rank rk00 country years med inh N-Oly rel
1 1 Liechtenstein 48 02 9 33 9.051 305.03
East Germany 68 88 515 17592 3.829 76.44
2 2 Norway 48 02 259 4487 9.051 63.78
3 3 Finland 48 02 241 5178 9.051 51.42
4 4 Hungary 48 02 353 10022 9.051 38.92
5 5 Sweden 48 02 296 8864 9.051 36.90
6 7 Switzerland 48 02 184 7177 9.051 28.33
7 6 Tonga 88 02 1 100 3.660 27.32
8 8 Bulgaria 48 02 201 8172 9.051 27.18
9 10 Austria 48 02 179 8091 9.051 24.44
10 9 Bahamas 52 02 6 295 8.638 23.55
11 11 New Zealand 48 02 69 3835 9.051 19.88
12 21 Estonia 92 02 8 1435 2.909 19.17
13 13 Denmark 48 02 88 5339 9.051 18.21
14 14 Australia 48 02 314 19165 9.051 18.10
15 12 Belarus 94 02 37 9989 2.059 17.99
16 15 Bermuda 48 02 1 63 9.051 17.54
17 16 Slovenia 92 02 10 1963 2.909 17.51
18 17 Jamaica 48 02 38 2619 9.051 16.03
19 18 Netherlands 48 02 201 15896 9.051 13.97
20 22 Germany 92 02 318 82207 2.909 13.30
21 19 Cuba 48 02 132 11149 9.051 13.08
22 20 Romania 48 02 264 22435 9.051 13.00
23 23 Virgin Islands (US) 68 02 1 121 6.738 12.27
Czecho-Slovakia 48 92 134 15676 6.991 12.23
24 24 Iceland 48 02 3 280 9.051 11.84
25 25 Czech Rep. 94 02 24 10273 2.059 11.34
26 26 Latvia 92 02 7 2415 2.909 9.97
West Germany 68 88 238 64615 3.829 9.62
27 28 Trinidad & Tobago 48 02 11 1292 9.051 9.41
28 27 Qatar 88 02 2 599 3.660 9.12
29 46 Croatia 92 02 11 4282 2.909 8.83
Germany (E+W) 48 64 167 82207 2.313 8.78
30 37 Canada 48 02 229 30770 9.051 8.22
31 32 Italy 48 02 421 57723 9.051 8.06
32 30 Mongolia 64 02 14 2399 7.261 8.04
33 29 Namibia 92 02 4 1771 2.909 7.77
34 35 Georgia 94 02 8 5020 2.059 7.74
35 36 Luxembourg 48 02 3 439 9.051 7.55
36 31 Kazakhstan 94 02 23 14913 2.059 7.49
37 33 Lithuania 92 02 8 3697 2.909 7.44
38 34 Slovakia 94 02 8 5403 2.059 7.19
Soviet-Union 52 88 1193 289719 5.730 7.19
39 39 Russia 94 02 208 146001 2.059 6.92
40 38 Suriname 68 02 2 431 6.738 6.89
41 41 France 48 02 347 58835 9.051 6.52
42 40 Poland 48 02 224 38655 9.051 6.40
43 51 Djibouti 88 02 1 451 3.660 6.06
44 42 Belgium 48 02 54 10249 9.051 5.82
45 44 U.S.A. 48 02 1415 275372 9.051 5.68
Unified Team CIS 92 92 134 282172 0.849 5.59
46 43 Barbados 68 02 1 267 6.738 5.56
47 47 Netherl. Antilles 52 02 1 210 8.638 5.51
48 45 Great-Britain 48 02 294 59714 9.051 5.44
Yugoslavia (1945-1991) 48 88 75 22784 6.142 5.36
49 49 Ireland 48 02 17 3783 9.051 4.97
50 48 Ukraine 94 02 49 49242 2.059 4.83
51 50 Moldova 94 02 4 4298 2.059 4.52
52 53 Korea. Republic 48 02 174 47275 9.051 4.07
53 52 Armenia 94 02 3 3810 2.059 3.82
South Africa (- 56) 48 56 21 43421 1.328 3.64
54 54 Greece 48 02 34 10562 9.051 3.56
55 55 Serbia & Montenegro
(=Yugoslavia 1992-2003)
92 02 10 10662 2.909 3.22
56 56 Macedonia (FYROM) 96 02 1 2041 1.902 2.58
57 58 Japan 48 02 286 126920 9.051 2.49
58 57 Azerbaijan 94 02 4 8051 2.059 2.41
59 59 Korea. People's Dem Rep 72 02 32 21688 6.193 2.38
60 60 Uruguay 48 02 7 3278 9.051 2.36
61 61 Kenya 56 02 53 30340 8.186 2.13
62 62 Spain 48 02 75 40128 9.051 2.07
63 63 Puerto Rico 48 02 6 3916 9.051 1.69
64 64 Portugal 48 02 14 10005 9.051 1.55
65 66 Guyana 48 02 1 792 9.051 1.40
66 65 Uzbekistan 94 02 7 24756 2.059 1.37
67 67 Lebanon 48 02 4 3578 9.051 1.24
68 68 Costa Rica 48 02 4 3644 9.051 1.21
69 70 Turkey 48 02 61 65667 9.051 1.03
70 69 Kyrgyzstan 94 02 1 4895 2.059 0.99
71 72 South Africa 92 02 12 43421 2.909 0.95
72 73 Argentina 48 02 30 37032 9.051 0.90
73 71 Burundi 96 02 1 6055 1.902 0.87
74 74 Tunisia 60 02 6 9593 7.723 0.81
75 75 Panama 48 02 2 2823 9.051 0.78
76 76 Israel 52 02 4 6107 8.638 0.76
77 77 Kuwait 68 02 1 1984 6.738 0.75
78 78 Morocco 60 02 16 28822 7.723 0.72
79 79 Iran 48 02 40 62704 9.051 0.70
80 80 Chinese Taipei 56 02 10 22186 8.186 0.55
81 81 Algeria 64 02 12 30554 7.261 0.54
82 82 Chili 48 02 7 15211 9.051 0.51
83 84 Mexico 48 02 42 98881 9.051 0.47
84 83 Ethiopia 56 02 24 64117 8.186 0.46
85 85 Singapore 64 02 1 3278 7.261 0.42
86 86 Brazil 48 02 63 166113 9.051 0.42
87 87 China 80 02 246 1265207 4.961 0.39
88 88 Venezuela 48 02 8 24170 9.051 0.37
89 89 Uganda 56 02 6 23318 8.186 0.31
90 90 Zambia 64 02 2 9582 7.261 0.29
91 91 Cameroon 64 02 3 15422 7.261 0.27
92 92 Ghana 52 02 4 19534 8.638 0.24
93 93 Mozambique 80 02 2 19105 4.961 0.21
94 94 Syria 48 02 3 16306 9.051 0.20
95 95 Colombia 48 02 7 42299 9.051 0.18
96 96 Zimbabwe 80 02 1 11343 4.961 0.18
97 97 Peru 48 02 4 25662 9.051 0.17
98 101 Hong Kong 52 02 1 6782 8.638 0.17
99 100 Thailand 52 02 9 62423 8.638 0.17
100 99 Dominican Rep. 64 02 1 8443 7.261 0.16
101 98 Nigeria 52 02 17 123338 8.638 0.16
102 102 Malaysia 56 02 3 23260 8.186 0.16
103 103 Saudi Arabia 72 02 2 22024 6.193 0.15
104 105 Senegal 64 02 1 9987 7.261 0.14
105 104 Niger 64 02 1 10076 7.261 0.14
106 106 Egypt 48 02 8 65871 9.051 0.13
107 107 Sri Lanka 48 02 2 19246 9.051 0.11
108 108 Ecuador 60 02 1 12646 7.723 0.10
109 109 Indonesia 52 02 16 209342 8.638 0.09
110 111 Côte d'Ivoire 64 02 1 15981 7.261 0.09
111 112 Pakistan 48 02 10 141554 9.051 0.08
112 110 Tanzania 64 02 02 35306 7.261 0.08
113 113 Philippines 48 02 4 76320 9.051 0.06
114 114 Iraq 48 02 1 22676 9.051 0.05
115 115 Vietnam 80 02 1 78774 4.961 0.03
116 116 India 48 02 11 1014004 9.051 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. and here was the list before Salt Lake City)

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 Salt Lake City 2002-02-24 - Last Modified 2002-02-25

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