Countries with the Most Winter Olympics Medals

Name the countries on top of the all-time medal table for the Winter Olympics.
Through the 2018 games
Some of these countries no longer exist
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Last updated: December 22, 2019
First submittedAugust 12, 2012
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Medals
Country
368
Norway
305
United States
279
Germany / West Germany
232
Austria
227
Soviet Union / Unified Team
199
Canada
167
Finland
Medals
Country
158
Sweden
153
Switzerland
130
Netherlands
124
France
124
Italy
120
Russia
Medals
Country
110
East Germany
70
South Korea
62
China
58
Japan
31
Czech Republic
31
Great Britain
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Level 81
Feb 27, 2018
Super easy
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Level 46
Dec 22, 2018
Missed only switzerland.
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Level 20
Feb 27, 2018
east germany should count as germany
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Level 72
Feb 27, 2018
Except it shouldn't. There's gotta be a copy pasta that Quizmaster has for this by now, so Imma let him do dat. :-)
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Level 55
Nov 11, 2019
agreed. I didn't type 'west germany' but it gave me credit for it when i typed plain old Germany. needs to be consistent across the board.
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Level 69
Nov 15, 2019
It is consistent.

West Germany = Germany = Federal Republic of Germany.

East Germany = German Democratic Republic.

East Germany was a separate country that no longer exists.

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Level 48
Nov 12, 2020
It's not about the country as such, though, is it? It's about the people. The people who won those medals for East Germany were from places which are now (and were previously) part of Germany, and those who are still alive are German citizens.
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Level 79
Feb 27, 2018
Usually Czechia works for Czech republic, you could add that as an answer.
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Level 72
Feb 27, 2018
It worked for me.
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Level 46
Mar 3, 2018
Got eveything except... Russia *facepalm*
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Level 56
Apr 5, 2018
I would have thought that either Czechoslovakia or Yugoslavia would have showed up. Didn't Sarajevo host the 1984 Winter Olympics?
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Level 82
Apr 6, 2018
Yes, but it doesn't mean that their athletes were terribly outstanding. In fact, they won only one medal during those Olympics.
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Level 62
Apr 6, 2018
ROK should work for South Korea
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Level 64
Apr 6, 2018
Amazing that Czechia scored 31 medals since 1994 while the ČSSR (which I still think should work as a type-in) only scored 25 from 1928 to 1990.
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Level 58
Oct 2, 2020
CSSR was only the name of the communist republic, before that Czechoslovakia wasn't communist.
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Level 64
Apr 6, 2018
100%!
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Level 79
Apr 8, 2018
Interesting to note; of the 130 medals, the Netherlands won 121 in long track speed skating and another 5 in short track speed skating.
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Level 33
Apr 8, 2018
russia and urss should count as one
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Level 44
Apr 14, 2018
I don't know, I've never heard of the URSS.
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Level 35
Apr 23, 2020
I think he was trying to say USSR
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Level 55
Sep 3, 2020
We say urss in french and spanish i believe
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Level 55
Dec 13, 2020
Polish it would be ZSRR even, directly translated = USRR
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Level 56
Apr 19, 2018
Only one I didn't get was USA! I cant even begin to think how that could have happened!
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Level 72
Aug 27, 2018
Probably because the USA are better known for their prowess in the Summer Olympics. Interesting, though, that USA still shows up at 100%, so your fail hasn't made much of a splash.
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Level 61
Aug 7, 2018
If the East Germany medals would be considered as Germany/West Germany medals it would be the country with most medals ever.
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Level 81
Aug 27, 2018
Yeah except that if you could all medal won by the United States, USSR, and Norway as medals won by Zimbabwe then Zimbabwe would be #1 and it would make the same amount of sense.
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Level 81
Aug 27, 2018
could all medal = count all medals
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Level 55
May 19, 2020
East and west germany are now the same country. The usa finland and zimbabwe aren't.
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Level 81
Jul 2, 2020
East Germany no longer exists. It's not part of any country. West Germany did not win those medals, just as Zimbabwe did not win any of the medals previously won by the USSR.
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Level 57
Nov 1, 2020
East Germany didn't win these medals but their athletes did and these people are German citizens living in Germany nowadays (if they're still alive that is). Sure you could argue that it would be unfair to count both east and west German medals as medals won by Germany because many of these medals were won by east and west Germans in the exact same disciplines (especially if there's a limit on how many athletes from one country are allowed or if it's a team discipline where only 1 team per country is participating). Still that doesn't change the fact that these athletes were Germans and it's a completely different situation with countries like the Soviet Union because they didn't have only Russians winning their medals but also athletes from other soviet republics like Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Georgia etc.
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Level 62
Nov 8, 2020
There's this pesky concept of "successor states", which is universally accepted by everyone except kalbahamut when it's convenient for the USA. Of course East German medals should count for Germany, just as Soviet Union medals should count for Russia.
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Level 53
Mar 19, 2019
ez
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Level 34
Nov 11, 2019
Seriously impressive of tiny Norway!
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Level 38
Jun 3, 2020
Norway isn't exactly tiny. Look at Vatican.
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Level 60
Feb 9, 2021
Norway is 118th in the world in terms of population. Vatican has 0 medals. Norway has more than other countries of similar climate that have significantly larger populations.
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Level 47
Nov 29, 2019
I was wondering what could be these 2 big countries I was missing... And then I saw it : "some countries NO LONGER exist"
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Level 50
Dec 30, 2019
Got everything except the Netherlands!
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Level 75
Feb 21, 2020
Missed East Germany, but only cos I had it in my head I'd already tried it. I was at the stage of typing in increasingly, wildly, improbable answers.
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Level 62
Nov 8, 2020
Also because everybody (except a few Americans when it's convenient) counts East German medals as German medals.
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Level 52
Apr 7, 2020
It's embarassing I didn't guess the Czech Republic - my homeland. I just didn't really expect it would be on the list.
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Level 32
Jul 15, 2020
That's the last one I got, and I live in Slovakia
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Level 40
Jan 26, 2021
I managed to guess East Germany but not Canada🤣
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Level 39
Feb 18, 2021
damnit i forgot russia isnt the soviet union