2010 Winter Olympics Medal Count Per Capita

Many Olympic events highlight the accomplishments of an individual athlete and so it seemed only fair to recalculate the “medal count” rankings to account for each nation’s population. The top five are Norway, Austria, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland and, without further ado, here are the remaining per capita stats:

Country 	Rank	Gold	Silver	Bronze	Total	Population	Medals per 10M
NORWAY		1	9	8	6	23	  4,769,274	48.23
AUSTRIA		2	4	6	6	16	  8,344,319	19.17
SLOVENIA	3	0	2	1	3	  2,039,400	14.71
SWEDEN		4	5	2	4	11	  9,220,986	11.93
SWITZERLAND	4	6	0	3	9	  7,630,605	11.79
FINLAND		6	0	1	4	5	  5,312,800	 9.41
LATVIA		7	0	2	0	2	  2,266,013	 8.83
CANADA		8	14	7	5	26	 33,311,389	 7.81
ESTONIA		9	0	1	0	1	  1,340,638	 7.46
CZECH REPUBLIC	10	2	0	4	6	  8,344,319	 7.19
CROATIA		11	0	2	1	3	  4,434,189	 6.77
SLOVAKIA	12	1	1	1	3	  5,406,030	 5.55
NETHERLANDS	13	4	1	3	8	 16,443,269	 4.87
GERMANY		14	10	13	7	30	 82,140,043	 3.65
BELARUS		15	1	1	1	3	  9,680,850	 3.10
KOREA		16	6	6	2	14	 48,607,000	 2.88
FRANCE		17	2	3	6	11	 62,048,473	 1.77
POLAND		18	1	3	2	6	 38,122,972	 1.57
AUSTRALIA	19	2	1	0	3	 21,374,000	 1.40
UNITED STATES	20	9	15	13	37	304,059,724	 1.22
RUSSIAN FEDERATION 21	3	5	7	15	141,800,000	 1.06
ITALY		22	1	1	3	5	 59,854,860	 0.84
KAZAKHSTAN	23	0	1	0	1	 15,674,833	 0.64
JAPAN		24	0	3	2	5	127,704,000	 0.39
GREAT BRITAIN	25	1	0	0	1	 61,399,118	 0.16
CHINA		26	5	2	4	11    1,325,639,982	 0.08

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3 Responses to “2010 Winter Olympics Medal Count Per Capita”

  1. Atlantic Review Says:

    Norway Wins the Olympics…

    With the Winter Olympics now behind us, countries are seeking to evaluate how they fared. In the US, there is plenty of self accolades for the record haul of 37 medals. In Russia, the poor performance of the Federation has led to the resignation of the…

  2. Eric Says:

    Hmmmm…I think its only fair to factor in average temperature as well. I’ve done this for some of the countries here:
    https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AlwUtlgBgB8LdHY2V3ktWWlKN3Z3OHB1dnZpV2tuRXc&hl=en

    By inspection there seems to be a pretty good correlation between the medal count per capita and the average temperature. Be interesting to do a T test on it, but my stats are a bit rusty.

    Someone seems to have written a paper on something similar back in 1951, but the web doesn’t show the conclusions.
    http://www.jstor.org/pss/1930983

    • Ralfsen Says:

      USA (and other large countries) probably has many times the population of Norway, living in as cold or colder climates than what you find in Norway. Also the average temperature of a country does not really tell you much in this respect unless you account for how the population is spread out. Norway is cold in the north, but most norwegians live in the south where its not as cold, on average.


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