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 34,000 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Column 'years' lists the years during which the country competed in the Olympics - countries no longer active are not numbered in the ranking.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 2003, x000) Column 'N-Oly' is the number of Olympic games that the country has competed in. adjusted for medal count per olympiad. The 2002-2004 Olympics (Athina and Salt Lake City combined) count for 1 = 1160 medals, but the 1948 Games count only .413 (479 medals). The last column should be read : medals per 10 million inhabitants per standard Olympiad.

rk04 rk00 country years med inh N-Oly rel
1 1 Liechtenstein 48 04 9 34 9.859 268.48
East Germany 68 88 515 17677 3.833 76.01
2 2 Norway 48 04 266 4569 9.859 59.05
3 3 Finland 48 04 243 5212 9.859 47.29
4 4 Hungary 48 04 370 10136 9.859 37.02
5 5 Sweden 48 04 304 8958 9.859 34.42
6 8 Bulgaria 48 04 213 7786 9.859 27.75
7 9 Bahamas 52 04 8 314 9.447 26.97
8 7 Switzerland 48 04 189 7336 9.859 26.13
9 10 Austria 48 04 186 8054 9.859 23.42
10 6 Tonga 88 04 1 102 4.464 21.96
11 21 Estonia 92 04 11 1353 3.712 21.90
12 16 Slovenia 92 04 14 1971 3.712 19.13
13 11 New Zealand 48 04 74 4001 9.859 18.76
14 14 Australia 48 04 363 19880 9.859 18.52
15 12 Belarus 94 04 52 9881 2.862 18.39
16 13 Denmark 48 04 96 5387 9.859 18.07
17 17 Jamaica 48 04 43 2644 9.859 16.50
18 15 Bermuda 48 04 1 64 9.859 15.85
19 19 Cuba 48 04 159 11295 9.859 14.28
20 18 Netherlands 48 04 223 16238 9.859 13.93
21 20 Romania 48 04 283 21616 9.859 13.28
22 26 Latvia 92 04 11 2324 3.712 12.75
Czecho-Slovakia 48 92 134 15404 6.997 12.43
23 23 Virgin Islands (US) 68 04 1 111 7.545 11.94
24 22 Germany 92 04 366 82604 3.712 11.94
25 25 Czech Rep. 94 04 3 10002 2.862 11.53
26 24 Iceland 48 04 3 290 9.859 10.49
27 46 Croatia 92 04 16 4428 3.712 9.73
West Germany 68 88 238 64927 3.833 9.56
28 28 Trinidad & Tobago 48 04 12 1279 9.859 9.52
29 34 Slovakia 94 04 14 5402 2.862 9.06
Germany (E+W) 48 64 167 82604 2.315 8.73
30 33 Lithuania 92 04 11 3464 3.712 8.55
31 35 Georgia 94 04 12 4934 2.862 8.50
32 32 Italy 48 04 453 57033 9.859 8.06
33 37 Canada 48 04 241 31590 9.859 7.74
34 30 Mongolia 64 04 15 2493 8.068 7.46
35 31 Kazakhstan 94 04 31 14790 2.862 7.32
Soviet-Union 52 88 1193 287149 5.734 7.25
36 39 Russia 94 04 299 144893 2.862 7.21
37 27 Qatar 88 04 2 626 4.464 7.16
38 36 Luxembourg 48 04 3 453 9.859 6.72
39 41 France 48 04 380 59773 9.859 6.45
40 47 Netherl. Antilles 52 04 1 169 9.447 6.26
41 40 Poland 48 04 234 38623 9.859 6.14
42 38 Suriname 68 04 2 435 7.545 6.09
Unified Team CIS 92 92 134 280018 0.850 5.63
43 29 Namibia 92 04 4 1927 3.712 5.59
44 42 Belgium 48 04 57 10341 9.859 5.59
45 45 Great-Britain 48 04 324 59164 9.859 5.55
Yugoslavia (1945-1991) 48 88 75 22702 6.147 5.37
46 44 U.S.A. 48 04 1518 291587 9.859 5.28
47 48 Ukraine 94 04 72 47856 2.862 5.26
48 51 Djibouti 88 04 1 457 4.464 4.90
49 43 Barbados 68 04 1 272 7.545 4.87
50 54 Greece 48 04 50 11001 9.859 4.61
51 49 Ireland 48 04 18 3969 9.859 4.60
52 53 Korea. Republic 48 04 204 47925 9.859 4.32
53 57 Azerbaijan 94 04 9 8235 2.862 3.82
South Africa (- 56) 48 56 21 45349 1.329 3.48
54 52 Armenia 94 04 3 3061 2.862 3.42
55 50 Moldova 94 04 4 4267 2.862 3.28
56 55 Serbia & Montenegro
(=Yugoslavia 1992-2003)
92 04 12 10527 3.712 3.07
57 58 Japan 48 04 323 127546 9.859 2.57
58 59 Korea. People's Dem Rep 72 04 37 22466 6.999 2.35
59 62 Spain 48 04 92 42600 9.859 2.19
60 61 Kenya 56 04 60 31639 8.994 2.11
61 60 Uruguay 48 04 7 3380 9.859 2.10
62 56 Macedonia (FYROM) 96 04 1 2056 2.704 1.80
63 64 Portugal 48 04 17 10181 9.859 1.69
64 65 Uzbekistan 94 04 12 25640 2.862 1.64
65 63 Puerto Rico 48 04 6 3879 9.859 1.57
66 66 Guyana 48 04 1 778 9.859 1.30
67 - Eritrea 98 04 1 4141 1.978 1.22
68 68 Costa Rica 48 04 4 3724 9.859 1.09
69 67 Lebanon 48 04 4 3728 9.859 1.09
70 72 South Africa 92 04 18 45349 3.712 1.07
71 70 Turkey 48 04 71 70597 9.859 1.02
72 73 Argentina 48 04 36 36846 9.859 0.99
73 76 Israel 52 04 6 6473 9.447 0.98
74 78 Morocco 60 04 19 29835 8.530 0.75
75 80 Chinese Taipei 56 04 15 22569 8.994 0.74
76 74 Tunisia 60 04 6 9888 8.530 0.71
77 79 Iran 48 04 46 66255 9.859 0.70
78 69 Kyrgyzstan 94 04 1 5059 2.862 0.69
79 82 Chili 48 04 10 15326 9.859 0.66
80 75 Panama 48 04 2 3116 9.859 0.65
81 71 Burundi 96 04 1 6096 2.704 0.61
82 96 Zimbabwe 80 04 4 11719 5.766 0.59
83 77 Kuwait 68 04 1 2439 7.545 0.54
84 83 Ethiopia 56 04 31 66558 8.994 0.52
85 81 Algeria 64 04 12 31800 8.068 0.47
86 84 Mexico 48 04 46 100588 9.859 0.46
87 - United Arab Emirates 80 04 1 3818 5.766 0.45
88 87 China 80 04 309 1288892 5.766 0.42
89 86 Brazil 48 04 73 178470 9.859 0.41
90 88 Venezuela 48 04 10 25699 9.859 0.39
91 91 Cameroon 64 04 4 15746 8.068 0.31
92 101 Hong Kong 52 04 2 6838 9.447 0.31
93 85 Singapore 64 04 1 4233 8.068 0.29
94 99 Dominican Rep. 64 04 2 8716 8.068 0.28
95 100 Thailand 52 04 17 64022 9.447 0.28
96 89 Uganda 56 04 6 25437 8.994 0.26
97 - Paraguay 68 04 1 5642 7.545 0.23
98 94 Syria 48 04 4 17586 9.859 0.23
99 90 Zambia 64 04 2 10812 8.068 0.23
100 92 Ghana 52 04 4 20468 9.447 0.21
101 95 Colombia 48 04 8 41662 9.859 0.19
102 106 Egypt 48 04 13 68185 9.859 0.19
103 93 Mozambique 80 04 2 18568 5.766 0.19
104 98 Nigeria 52 04 19 125275 9.447 0.16
105 97 Peru 48 04 4 27148 9.859 0.15
106 102 Malaysia 56 04 3 25225 8.994 0.13
107 105 Senegal 64 04 1 10095 8.068 0.12
108 103 Saudi Arabia 72 04 2 24008 6.999 0.12
109 104 Niger 64 04 1 11380 8.068 0.11
110 107 Sri Lanka 48 04 2 19065 9.859 0.11
111 109 Indonesia 52 04 20 219883 9.447 0.10
112 108 Ecuador 60 04 1 13003 8.530 0.09
113 111 Côte d'Ivoire 64 04 1 16631 8.068 0.07
114 110 Tanzania 64 04 2 35078 8.068 0.07
115 112 Pakistan 48 04 10 149030 9.859 0.07
116 113 Philippines 48 04 4 81161 9.859 0.05
117 114 Iraq 48 04 1 24683 9.859 0.04
118 115 Vietnam 80 04 1 81377 5.766 0.02
119 116 India 48 04 12 1065462 9.859 0.01

In Athina, Eritrea, Paraguay and the United Arab Emirates won their first medals

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 and here before Athina)

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 Athina 2004-08-30 - Last Modified 2004-08-30

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