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Column 'years' lists the years during which the country competed in the Olympics - countries no longer active are not numbered in the ranking.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 2004-2006 Olympics (Torino and Athina combined) count for 1 = 1181 medals, but the 1948 Games count only 0.406 (479 medals). The last column should be read : medals per 10 million inhabitants per standard Olympiad.

rk06 rk04 country years med inh N-Oly rel
1 1 Liechtenstein 48 06 9 34.5 9.898 263.57
East Germany 68 88 515 17668 3.765 77.43
2 2 Norway 48 06 286 4591 9.898 62.94
3 3 Finland 48 06 252 5226 9.898 48.72
4 4 Hungary 48 06 370 10103 9.898 37.00
5 5 Sweden 48 06 319 8991 9.898 35.85
6 6 Bulgaria 48 06 214 7715 9.898 28.03
7 8 Switzerland 48 06 203 7392 9.898 27.75
8 11 Estonia 92 06 14 1342 3.859 27.03
9 7 Bahamas 52 06 8 317 9.492 26.59
10 9 Austria 48 06 209 8105 9.898 26.05
11 10 Tonga 88 06 1 98.4 4.598 22.10
12 13 New Zealand 48 06 74 4060 9.898 18.42
13 14 Australia 48 06 365 20141 9.898 18.31
14 12 Slovenia 92 06 14 1997 3.859 18.16
15 16 Denmark 48 06 96 5401 9.898 17.96
16 15 Belarus 94 06 53 9828 3.025 17.83
17 17 Jamaica 48 06 43 2649 9.898 16.40
18 18 Bermuda 48 06 1 64.0 9.898 15.79
19 20 Netherlands 48 06 232 16275 9.898 14.40
20 19 Cuba 48 06 159 11300 9.898 14.22
21 22 Latvia 92 06 12 2312 3.859 13.45
22 21 Romania 48 06 283 21549 9.898 13.27
Czecho-Slovakia 48 92 134 15595 6.873 12.50
23 24 Germany 92 06 395 82561 3.859 12.40
24 25 Czech Rep. 94 06 38 10212 3.025 12.30
25 23 Virgin Islands (US) 68 06 1 109 7.624 12.03
26 27 Croatia 92 06 19 4497 3.859 10.95
27 26 Iceland 48 06 3 292 9.898 10.38
West Germany 68 88 238 64893 3.765 9.74
28 28 Trinidad & Tobago 48 06 12 1286 9.898 9.43
29 29 Slovakia 94 06 15 5383 3.025 9.21
Germany (E+W) 48 64 167 82561 2.273 8.90
30 31 Georgia 94 06 12 4694 3.025 8.45
31 33 Canada 48 06 265 31876 9.898 8.40
32 30 Lithuania 92 06 11 3439 3.859 8.29
33 32 Italy 48 06 464 57537 9.898 8.15
Soviet-Union 52 88 1193 286492 5.633 7.39
34 36 Russia 94 06 320 144315 3.025 7.33
35 34 Mongolia 64 06 15 2519 8.138 7.32
36 35 Kazakhstan 94 06 31 15144 3.025 6.77
37 38 Luxembourg 48 06 3 454 9.898 6.68
38 39 France 48 06 389 60044 9.898 6.55
39 41 Poland 48 06 236 38176 9.898 6.25
40 42 Suriname 68 06 2 437 7.624 6.00
41 40 Netherl. Antilles 52 06 1 179 9.492 5.89
42 37 Qatar 88 06 2 754 4.598 5.77
Unified Team CIS 92 92 134 279399 0.835 5.74
43 44 Belgium 48 06 57 10416 9.898 5.53
44 45 Great-Britain 48 06 325 59561 9.898 5.51
Yugoslavia (1945-1991) 48 88 75 23225 6.038 5.35
45 46 U.S.A. 48 06 1543 293850 9.898 5.31
46 43 Namibia 92 06 4 1954 3.859 5.30
47 47 Ukraine 94 06 74 47470 3.025 5.15
48 49 Barbados 68 06 1 273 7.624 4.80
49 48 Djibouti 88 06 1 467 4.598 4.66
50 50 Greece 48 06 50 11015 9.898 4.59
51 51 Ireland 48 06 18 4024 9.898 4.52
52 52 Korea. Republic 48 06 215 48199 9.898 4.51
53 53 Azerbaijan 94 06 9 8343 3.025 3.57
South Africa (- 56) 48 56 21 46587 1.306 3.45
54 54 Armenia 94 06 3 2991 3.025 3.32
55 55 Moldova 94 06 4 4216 3.025 3.14
56 56 Serbia & Montenegro
(=Yugoslavia 1992-2003)
92 06 12 10826 3.859 2.87
57 57 Japan 48 06 324 127757 9.898 2.56
58 58 Korea. People's Dem Rep 72 06 37 22698 7.088 2.30
59 61 Uruguay 48 06 7 3399 9.898 2.08
60 59 Spain 48 06 90 43768 9.898 2.08
61 60 Kenya 56 06 60 32022 9.047 2.07
62 62 Macedonia (FYROM) 96 06 1 2035 2.870 1.71
63 63 Portugal 48 06 17 10524 9.898 1.63
64 65 Puerto Rico 48 06 6 3898 9.898 1.56
65 64 Uzbekistan 94 06 12 26009 3.025 1.53
66 66 Guyana 48 06 1 752 9.898 1.34
67 67 Eritrea 98 06 1 4297 2.157 1.08
68 69 Lebanon 48 06 4 3777 9.898 1.07
69 71 Turkey 48 06 71 71617 9.898 1.00
70 70 South Africa 92 06 18 46587 3.859 1.00
71 73 Israel 52 06 6 6562 9.492 0.96
72 68 Costa Rica 48 06 4 4252 9.898 0.95
73 72 Argentina 48 06 36 39145 9.898 0.93
74 75 Chinese Taipei 56 06 15 22640 9.047 0.73
75 74 Morocco 60 06 19 30302 8.592 0.73
76 76 Tunisia 60 06 6 9975 8.592 0.70
77 77 Iran 48 06 46 67503 9.898 0.69
78 78 Kyrgyzstan 94 06 1 5081 3.025 0.65
79 79 Chili 48 06 10 15824 9.898 0.64
80 80 Panama 48 06 2 3172 9.898 0.64
81 82 Zimbabwe 80 06 4 11821 5.877 0.58
82 81 Burundi 96 06 1 6231 2.870 0.56
83 83 Kuwait 68 06 1 2586 7.624 0.51
84 84 Ethiopia 56 06 31 67851 9.047 0.50
85 85 Algeria 64 06 12 32322 8.138 0.46
86 86 Mexico 48 06 46 105447 9.898 0.44
87 88 China 80 06 320 1298848 5.877 0.42
88 89 Brazil 48 06 73 180542 9.898 0.41
89 87 United Arab Emirates 80 06 1 4298 5.877 0.40
90 90 Venezuela 48 06 10 26170 9.898 0.39
91 92 Hong Kong 52 06 2 6848 9.492 0.31
92 91 Cameroon 64 06 4 16064 8.138 0.31
93 93 Singapore 64 06 1 4229 8.138 0.29
94 94 Dominican Rep. 64 06 2 8834 8.138 0.28
95 95 Thailand 52 06 17 64485 9.492 0.28
96 96 Uganda 56 06 6 26335 9.047 0.25
97 99 Zambia 64 06 2 10462 8.138 0.23
98 97 Paraguay 68 06 1 5773 7.624 0.23
99 98 Syria 48 06 4 18017 9.898 0.22
100 100 Ghana 52 06 4 20732 9.492 0.20
101 101 Colombia 48 06 8 42311 9.898 0.19
102 102 Egypt 48 06 13 69261 9.898 0.19
103 103 Mozambique 80 06 2 18812 5.877 0.18
104 104 Nigeria 52 06 19 128254 9.492 0.16
105 105 Peru 48 06 4 27544 9.898 0.15
106 106 Malaysia 56 06 3 25584 9.047 0.13
107 107 Senegal 64 06 1 10339 8.138 0.12
108 108 Saudi Arabia 72 06 2 24580 7.088 0.11
109 109 Niger 64 06 1 11679 8.138 0.11
110 110 Sri Lanka 48 06 2 19218 9.898 0.11
111 111 Indonesia 52 06 20 222611 9.492 0.09
112 112 Ecuador 60 06 1 13213 8.592 0.09
113 113 Côte d'Ivoire 64 06 1 16897 8.138 0.07
114 114 Tanzania 64 06 2 35782 8.138 0.07
115 115 Pakistan 48 06 10 151600 9.898 0.07
116 116 Philippines 48 06 4 82670 9.898 0.05
117 117 Iraq 48 06 1 25375 9.898 0.04
118 118 Vietnam 80 06 1 81839 5.877 0.02
119 119 India 48 06 12 1081229 9.898 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, and here before Torino)

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 Torino 2006-03-06 - Last Modified 2006-03-06

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