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The Other Olympics Medals Chart

Atlanta 1996

Something to think about !

This chart shows each country's 1996 medal achievements in relation to national GDP, as a measure both of population and of available wealth for training and sponsorship. As you'll see, it has some very interesting features !

COUNTRY

GDP

($million)

MEDALS

SCORE

SCORE in TONGAS

POSITION

Tonga

214

1

214

1

1

           

Cuba

14,000

25

560

3

2

           

Jamaica

7,800

6

1,300

6

3

           

Bulgaria

33,700

15

2,247

10

4

           

Yugoslavia

10,000

4

2,500

12

5

           

Armenia

8,100

3

2,700

13

6

           

Hungary

58,800

21

2,800

13

7

           

Namibia

5,800

2

2,900

13

8

           

Georgia

6,000

2

3,000

14

9

           

Romania

64,700

20

3,235

15

10

           

Belarus

53,400

15

3,560

17

11

           

Burundi

3,700

1

3,700

17

12

           

Croatia

12,400

3

4,133

19

13

           

Kenya

33,100

8

4,137

19

14

           

Korea, North

21,300

5

4,260

20

15

           

The Bahamas

4,400

1

4,400

20

16

           

Mongolia

4,400

1

4,400

20

17

           

Kazakhstan

55,200

11

5,018

23

18

           

Brazil

88,630

15

5,909

28

19

           

Moldova

11,900

2

5,950

28

20

           

Ethiopia

20,300

3

6,767

32

21

           

Czech Republic

76,500

11

6,955

32

22

           

Trinidad and Tobago

15,000

2

7,500

35

23

           

Zambia

7,900

1

7,900

37

24

           

Slovenia

16,000

2

8,000

37

25

           

Ukraine

189,200

23

8,226

38

26

           

Australia

374,600

41

9,137

43

27

           

New Zealand

56,400

6

9,400

44

28

           

Mozambique

10,600

1

10,600

49

29

           

Slovakia

32,800

3

10,933

51

30

           

Poland

191,100

17

11,241

52

31

           

Russia

721,200

63

11,448

53

32

           

Greece

93,700

8

11,712

55

33

           

Latvia

12,300

1

12,300

57

34

           

Ireland

49,800

4

12,450

58

35

           

Lithuania

13,500

1

13,500

63

36

           

Norway

95,700

7

13,671

64

37

           

Azerbaijan

13,800

1

13,800

64

38

           

Netherlands

275,800

19

14,516

68

39

           

Uganda

16,200

1

16,200

76

40

           

Costa Rica

16,900

1

16,900

79

41

           

Denmark

103,000

6

17,167

80

42

           

Korea, South

508,300

27

18,826

88

43

           

Sweden

163,100

8

20,387

95

44

           

Nigeria

122,600

6

20,433

95

45

           

Finland

81,800

4

20,450

96

46

           

Germany

1,344,600

65

20,686

97

47

           

Switzerland

148,400

7

21,200

99

48

           

Puerto Rico

26,800

1

26,800

125

49

           

Uzbekistan

54,500

2

27,250

127

50

           

Italy

998,900

35

28,540

133

51

           

Canada

639,800

22

29,082

136

52

           

France

1,080,100

37

29,192

136

53

           

Belgium

181,500

6

30,250

141

54

           

Spain

515,800

17

30,341

142

55

           

Algeria

97,100

3

32,367

151

56

           

Tunisia

37,100

1

37,100

173

57

           

South Africa

194,300

5

38,860

182

58

           

Ecuador

41,100

1

41,100

192

59

           

Morocco

87,500

2

43,750

204

60

           

China

2,234,100

50

44,682

209

61

           

Austria

139,300

3

46,433

217

62

           

Turkey

305,200

6

50,867

238

63

           

Portugal

107,300

2

53,650

251

64

           

United States

6,738,400

101

66,717

312

65

           

UK

1,045,200

15

69,680

326

66

           

Israel

70,100

1

70,100

328

67

           

Syria

74,400

1

74,400

348

68

Malaysia

166,800

2

83,400

390

69

           

Argentina

270,800

3

90,267

422

70

           

Iran

310,000

3

103,333

483

71

           

Hong Kong

136,100

1

136,000

635

72

           

Indonesia

619,400

4

154,850

724

73

           

Philippines

161,400

1

161,400

754

74

           

Thailand

355,200

2

177,600

830

75

           

Japan

2,527,400

14

180,529

844

76

           

Taiwan

257,000

1

257,000

1200

77

           

Mexico

728,700

1

728,700

3405

78

           

India

1,253,900

1

1,253,900

5859

79

           

COUNTRY

GDP

($million)

MEDALS

SCORE

SCORE in TONGAS

POSITION

Notes

The figures for GDP are expressed in millions of dollars, and are calculated to reflect purchasing power parity. They have been taken from the CIA's World FactBook 1995, and are based on statistics gathered from national government sources for 1992 - 1993, estimated up for 1994. The GDP for China has been reduced by 25% as suggested in the country profile, due to likely data collection errors. (www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html)

The 'Score' in the fourth column shows GDP divided by the medal total, and reflects medal achievement per country per GDP. The score in 'Tongas' shows the relation of each country's GDP/medal score to Tonga's score.

This system of comparing Olympic medal achievements offers some fascinating insights, very different from the simple "who got most" approach. It is interesting to see how closely Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Armenia, Hungary, Georgia, Romania and Belarus score; and how Australia and New Zealand are so closely paired. There are other interesting groupings, too - the USA and the United Kingdom; Mongolia and Kazakstan; Slovakia, Poland and Russia; Italy, France, Belgium and Spain; Israel and Syria; and Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan. As to what it all means, the interpretation is up to you !! Don't blame me - I just collated the statistics. If you don't like the GDP figures, blame the CIA.

If you want to repost The Other Olympic Medal Table on the Internet, feel free to do so, but please do so in its entirety, including these notes and the signature trailer, so that people know the full source of the information.

If you want to print this in a newspaper or magazine, please contact me directly. The Other Olympic Medal Table is copyrighted.

Enjoy !!

Researched and compiled by Guy Dauncey, 1996

guydauncey@earthfuture.com