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 10 olympic medals is a major achievement for a country of 38,000 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Column 'years' lists the years during which the country competed in the Olympics - countries no longer active are not numbered in the ranking.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 2012, x000) Column 'N-Oly' is the number of Olympic games that the country has competed in. adjusted for medal count per olympiad. The 2016-2018 Olympics (Rio de Janeiro and PyeongChang combined) count for 1 = 1281 medals, but the 1948 Games count only 0.374 (479 medals). The last column should be read : medals per billion inhabitants per standard Olympiad.

rk18 rk16 rk14 country years med inh N-Oly rel
111Liechtenstein4818103812.05821896
East Germany6888515176603.4718402
222Norway4818392529612.0586139
333Finland4818276551612.0584150
444Hungary4818413979812.0583496
555Sweden48183831012012.0583139
676Slovenia92184020666.4912983
767Bahamas52181338211.6842909
888Bulgaria4818224710212.0582616
91010Switzerland4818255846512.0582498
10923Grenada841821037.7812488
111211Austria4818260882312.0582444
121312Jamaica481877273112.0582338
13119Estonia92182013526.4912278
141415New Zealand4818116485912.0581980
151513Belarus941810694925.7211952
161714Latvia92182419296.4911917
171617Denmark4818127578112.0581822
182018Netherlands48183391720012.0581635
191922Croatia92184441546.4911632
201816Australia48184842482312.0581617
212220Cuba48182081123912.0581535
222129Georgia94183237185.7211504
232525Czech Rep.941885105975.7211402
242321Tonga881811017.1721386
252427Lithuania92182528076.4911372
262724Bermuda481816212.0581339
Czechoslovakia4892134160396.3361318
272619Romania48183051963812.0581288
282826Trinidad & Tobago481819135712.0581162
293030Slovakia94183654425.7211156
302928Germany9218602825226.4911124
West Germany6888238648623.4711057
Germany (E+W)4864167825222.096966
313232Virgin Islands (US)681811059.962957
323131Iceland4818434912.058952
333335Armenia94181629805.721939
343434Canada48184033702812.058903
353937Italy48185716049912.058783
363643Azerbaijan94184498675.721779
373533Mongolia641826319710.436779
Soviet-Union528811932963085.193775
383739Kazakhstan941877181575.721741
393849Serbia8181570402.933726
404038Russia94185951468775.721708
414240France48185466720112.058674
424341Great-Britain48185146564812.058649
Yugoslavia (pre-1988)488875212515.567634
434442Poland48182813842212.058607
Unified Team CIS9292134290219770600
4441Kosovo1618117841.000561
454744Ukraine9418135424035.721556
464536Montenegro81816222.933548
474645Korea, Republic48183345144612.058538
Netherl. Antilles521012009.703516
484950Belgium4818691139812.058502
495046U.S.A.4818196632668912.058499
504851Ireland481828479312.058485
515148Greece4818621076812.058478
525247Luxembourg4818359112.058421
535654Moldova9418835515.721394
545452Suriname681825429.962371
Serbia & Montenegro9261294463.558357
555553Barbados681812869.962351
565361Bahrain8018414518.351330
South Africa (- 56)485621567171.204308
575857Japan481845412656012.058298
585755Qatar8818526347.172265
595956Namibia9218423696.491260
606058Spain48181444654912.058257
616159Korea, People's Dem Rep721856254919.468232
626260Puerto Rico48189341112.058219
636366Uzbekistan941835323455.721189
646462Kenya5618984970011.274175
656565Portugal4818211031012.058169
666663Uruguay48187349312.058166
676764Djibouti881819577.172146
687067Cyprus801818558.351140
696868Guyana4818177812.058107
706974Tunisia6018131144610.854105
7171Fiji5618188511.274100
727489Kuwait6818441329.96297
737275South Africa921835567176.49195
747372Turkey4818928081112.05894
757671Argentina4818504404512.05894
767776Taiwan5618242357211.27490
777578Israel52189882211.68487
787970North Macedonia9618120745.57886
797869Kyrgyzstan9418361405.72185
808082Singapore64185561210.43685
818273Mauritius7218112649.46884
828181Tajikistan9418489315.72178
838485Iran4818688123912.05869
848780Costa Rica48184494712.05867
858688Dominican Rep.641871016910.43666
868579Zimbabwe80188145428.35166
878386Morocco6018233459110.85461
888884Panama48183409812.05861
898977Lebanon48184608212.05855
909187Botswana8018122318.35154
919391China801860613894408.35152
929083Gabon7218120259.46852
939490Chili4818111757412.05852
949292Ethiopia5618539435211.27450
959593Brazil481812420870712.05849
969699Colombia4818264964712.05843
979795Mexico48186112398312.05841
9810494Eritrea9818150694.92140
999998Venezuela4818153143112.05840
1009896Algeria6418174169710.43639
101100100Thailand5218306606111.68439
10210197Hong Kong52183739011.68435
103102102Burundi96182104015.57834
104103104Malaysia5618113241811.27430
105105109United Arab Emirates8018294008.35125
106106101Cameroon641852324810.43621
107110107Syria481841827012.05818
108108103Uganda561873767411.27416
109107105Egypt4818199656012.05816
110109108Paraguay6818170539.96214
111111106Togo6818171789.96214
112115123Côte d'Ivoire641832429510.43612
113114111Ghana521842895711.68412
114113110Zambia641821640510.43612
115116112Ecuador601821693810.85411
116117113Nigeria52182419339311.68411
117118114Peru481843182612.05810
118121117Indonesia52183026189111.68410
119120115Saudi Arabia72183326139.46810
120112Jordan641811008110.43610
121119121Niger641822065110.4369
122122116Mozambique80182288628.3518
123123118Sri Lanka481822144412.0588
124124119Senegal641811572610.4366
125125120Afghanistan481822972412.0586
126127122Guatemala521811617611.6845
127126127Vietnam80184937008.3515
128128124Pakistan48181021070712.0584
129129126Philippines4818510549012.0584
130130125Tanzania641825155710.4364
131131128Sudan601814078310.8542
132132129Iraq481813827512.0582
133133130India481823132838012.0581

Other countries that are still waiting for their first medals.


Adapted after PyeongChang 2018-02-25

This page is part of the site "Full Olympians" by Herman De Wael. See here for a full Introduction.