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  • #46
    Someone asked for a list with a population index

    Olympic Medals per 10 million people 1896-2008

    #1 Finland:
    566.724 per 10 million people
    #2 Sweden:
    520.995 per 10 million people
    #3 Hungary:
    442.69 per 10 million people
    #4 Denmark:
    296.392 per 10 million people
    #5 Norway:
    291.748 per 10 million people
    #6 Bulgaria:
    261.745 per 10 million people
    #7 Saint Kitts and Nevis:
    256.687 per 10 million people
    #8 Switzerland:
    244.358 per 10 million people
    #9 Bahamas, The:
    198.814 per 10 million people
    #10 Estonia:
    195.049 per 10 million people
    #11 New Zealand:
    183.395 per 10 million people
    #12 Australia:
    174.216 per 10 million people
    #13 Bermuda:
    152.987 per 10 million people
    #14 Jamaica:
    135.234 per 10 million people
    #15 Belgium:
    135.083 per 10 million people
    #16 Netherlands:
    129.823 per 10 million people
    #17 Cuba:
    120.737 per 10 million people
    #18 Romania:
    118.674 per 10 million people
    #19 Greece:
    118.11 per 10 million people
    #20 United Kingdom:
    105.557 per 10 million people
    #21 Austria:
    105.07 per 10 million people
    #22 Trinidad and Tobago:
    102.326 per 10 million people
    #23 Iceland:
    101.1 per 10 million people
    #24 France:
    98.589 per 10 million people
    #25 Virgin Islands:
    91.99 per 10 million people
    #26 Tonga:
    88.951 per 10 million people
    #27 Italy:
    82.44 per 10 million people
    #28 United States:
    71.551 per 10 million people
    #29 Canada:
    70.111 per 10 million people
    #30 Luxembourg:
    64.024 per 10 million people
    #31 Poland:
    62.503 per 10 million people
    #32 Germany:
    52.771 per 10 million people
    #33 Mongolia:
    50.161 per 10 million people
    #34 Ireland:
    49.801 per 10 million people
    #35 Suriname:
    45.647 per 10 million people
    #36 Netherlands Antilles:
    45.463 per 10 million people
    #37 Latvia:
    43.668 per 10 million people
    #38 Barbados:
    35.859 per 10 million people
    #39 Korea, South:
    31.661 per 10 million people
    #40 Slovenia:
    29.836 per 10 million people
    #41 Uruguay:
    29.274 per 10 million people
    #42 Lithuania:
    25.021 per 10 million people
    #43 Japan:
    23.231 per 10 million people
    #44 Qatar:
    23.174 per 10 million people
    #45 Djibouti:
    20.977 per 10 million people
    #46 Namibia:
    19.695 per 10 million people
    #47 Spain:
    18.592 per 10 million people
    #48 Czech Republic:
    18.553 per 10 million people
    #49 Georgia:
    17.105 per 10 million people
    #50 Belarus:
    16.505 per 10 million people
    #51 Portugal:
    16.089 per 10 million people
    #52 Kenya:
    15.962 per 10 million people
    #53 Croatia:
    15.569 per 10 million people
    #54 Puerto Rico:
    15.341 per 10 million people
    #55 Slovakia:
    14.73 per 10 million people
    #56 South Africa:
    14.207 per 10 million people
    #57 Argentina:
    13.658 per 10 million people
    #58 Korea, North:
    13.094 per 10 million people
    #59 Guyana:
    13.067 per 10 million people
    #60 Russia:
    10.877 per 10 million people
    #61 Lebanon:
    10.455 per 10 million people
    #62 Armenia:
    10.057 per 10 million people
    #63 Costa Rica:
    9.96 per 10 million people
    #64 Turkey:
    9.187 per 10 million people
    #65 Moldova:
    8.979 per 10 million people
    #66 Israel:
    6.372 per 10 million people
    #67 Panama:
    6.369 per 10 million people
    #68 Tunisia:
    5.955 per 10 million people
    #69 Iran:
    5.881 per 10 million people
    #70 Chile:
    5.632 per 10 million people
    #71 Azerbaijan:
    5.056 per 10 million people
    #72 Ukraine:
    4.894 per 10 million people
    #73 Macedonia, Republic of:
    4.89 per 10 million people
    #74 Morocco:
    4.889 per 10 million people
    #75 Kazakhstan:
    4.61 per 10 million people
    #76 Mexico:
    4.425 per 10 million people
    #77 Taiwan:
    4.368 per 10 million people
    #78 Kuwait:
    4.281 per 10 million people
    #79 Algeria:
    3.689 per 10 million people
    #80 Brazil:
    3.546 per 10 million people
    #81 Ethiopia:
    3.285 per 10 million people
    #82 Venezuela:
    3.153 per 10 million people
    #83 Haiti:
    2.462 per 10 million people
    #84 Singapore:
    2.259 per 10 million people
    #85 Uzbekistan:
    2.235 per 10 million people
    #86 Uganda:
    2.2 per 10 million people
    #87 Egypt:
    2.064 per 10 million people
    #88 Kyrgyzstan:
    1.943 per 10 million people
    #89 Ghana:
    1.823 per 10 million people
    #90 Zambia:
    1.776 per 10 million people
    #91 Cameroon:
    1.766 per 10 million people
    #92 China:
    1.678 per 10 million people

    Finland, Sweden and Hungary at the top on this is not a big surprise to me....
    You agree?

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    • #47
      Yes, definitely.

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      • #48
        Originally posted by kamikaze7
        Over rated: Sweden, Hungary, Finland, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Netherlands
        Since this is a historical "analysis", Hungary is nowhere near overrated. They have a great and highly successful sporting tradition that started its decline after the anti-communist uprising and a brutal Soviet retaliation in 1956. Medals/great athletes per capita, they might be a top sporting nation ever, at least for the first half of the 20th Century.

        Edit: Observer2 and mikli chimed in while I was writing the above, so I am not alone .
        "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
        by Thomas Henry Huxley

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        • #49
          Originally posted by Pego
          Originally posted by kamikaze7
          Over rated: Sweden, Hungary, Finland, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Netherlands
          Since this is a historical "analysis", Hungary is nowhere near overrated.
          Neither is Poland, or Bulgaria, or... hang on, I don't think any of those countries is overrated (except perhaps Sweden :wink All of those countries share a couple of common points: 1) They have a rich and wide sports tradition (which continues today) but much of it is outside typical US events. 2) Their athletes tend to have such difficult names that it's much simpler to just forget they exist. :wink:

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