medals per capita

ok ok, so i was a little bored last night:

jamaica: 20 medals for 2 804 332 inhabitants = 1 medal per 140 216 inhabitants
slovenia: 5 for 2 029 000 = 1 medal per 405 800 inhabitants
australia: 46 for 21 394 309 = 1 medal per 465 093 inhabitants
norway: 10 for 4 778 500 = 1 medal per 477 850 inhabitants
belarus: 19 for 9 689 800 = 1 medal per 509 989 inhabitants
bahrain: 1 for 760 168 = 1 medal per 760 168 inhabitants
switzerland: 6 for 7 591 400 = 1 medal per 1 265 233 inhabitants
france: 40 for 64 473 140 = 1 medal per 1 611 828 inhabitants
russia: 72 for 142 008 838 = 1 medal per 1 972 344 inhabitants
germany: 41 for 82 217 800 = 1 medal per 2 005 312 inhabitants
kenya: 14 for 34 707 817 = 1 medal per 2 479 129 inhabitants
romania: 8 for 21 438 000 = 1 medal per 2 679 750 inhabitants
usa: 110 for 304 943 000 = 1 medal per 2 772 209 inhabitants
china: 100 for 1 329 349 388 = 1 medal per 13 293 493 inhabitants
nigeria: 3 for 148 093 000 = 1 medal per 49 364 333 inhabitants
india: 3 for 1 137 087 600 = 1 medal per 379 029 200 inhabitants

these results put some things in perspective, innit? go go jamaica and aww india.

this list is in no way complete, i just did the calculation for the countries i was interested in or that struck me as special in one way or other.

the data is from overall medal standings and list of countries by population.

edit: someone made a graphic using the same numbers to visualize this: The real Olympic performers

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