Countries with the Most Winter Olympics Medals

Name the countries on top of the all-time medal table for the Winter Olympics.
Through the 2022 games
Some of these countries no longer exist
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Last updated: February 21, 2022
First submittedAugust 12, 2012
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Medals
Country
405
Norway
330
United States
306
Germany / West Germany
250
Austria
227
Soviet Union / Unified Team
225
Canada
176
Sweden
Medals
Country
175
Finland
170
Russia
167
Switzerland
147
Netherlands
141
Italy
138
France
Medals
Country
110
East Germany
79
South Korea
77
China
76
Japan
34
Great Britain
33
Czech Republic
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Level ∞
Feb 21, 2022
Note: Russia's total includes the "Russian Olympic Committee" and "Olympic Athletes from Russia".
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Level 84
Feb 27, 2018
Super easy
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Level 49
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 71
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 61
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 70
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 53
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 73
Jul 16, 2021
I agree with JonOfKent's argument. The same should apply for Russia/USSR. Of course, this would mean the US dropping to 4th place and being beaten by the ruskies. Can't have that.
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Level 61
Aug 10, 2021
So Russia should get all the medals of USSR? What about the other republics? And should medals won by Prussians before WWII be counted for Poland or Russia, instead of Germany?
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Level 70
Jan 26, 2022
This is quite simple: the German Olympic comitee exists continuous since 1895. It was the same before, during and after the cold war. The East German Olympic comitee was a totally new entitee founded in 1951 and disbanded in 1990. That is why West Germany and Germany are together, East Germany isn't, and IOC uses it that way in their statistics.
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Level 82
Feb 27, 2018
Usually Czechia works for Czech republic, you could add that as an answer.
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Level 71
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 83
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 47
Feb 26, 2022
They sure did!
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Level 65
Apr 6, 2018
ROK should work for South Korea
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Level 65
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 61
Oct 2, 2020
CSSR was only the name of the communist republic, before that Czechoslovakia wasn't communist.
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Level 61
Apr 6, 2018
100%!
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Level 82
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 84
Feb 27, 2022
So they're good at speed skating. Not that many mountains in the Netherlands; hard to train in some of these other sports.
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Level 57
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 43
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 60
Dec 13, 2020
Polish it would be ZSRR even, directly translated = USRR
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Level 84
Feb 25, 2022
I've heard of ROUS's
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Level 90
Mar 30, 2022
as you wish
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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 74
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 48
Mar 20, 2022
yeah, ALWAYS try USA on quizzes, except, you know on select quizzes away from the generalization of the world.
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Level 64
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 84
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 84
Aug 27, 2018
could all medal = count all medals
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Level 56
May 19, 2020
East and west germany are now the same country. The usa finland and zimbabwe aren't.
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Level 84
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 58
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 84
Jul 27, 2021
it's not different. You just want it to be. If a Chinese olympiad moved to Boston and gained American citizenship, his medals wouldn't then be won by the United States.
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Level 66
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 84
Aug 10, 2021
yeah except it's not. dg, projecting and being embarrassingly hypocritical as always, making statements that are objectively false and disproven easily in a matter of a few seconds of googling or a split second of thinking about it, accusing others of traits and bias he is himself guilty of.
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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 37
Jun 3, 2020
Norway isn't exactly tiny. Look at Vatican.
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Level 70
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 70
Jul 23, 2021
Plus Norway has more than the US, which is waaay bigger by both size and population and is similar in terms of development. This isn't to mention the fact that the US is usually considered to have the best sports programs in the world (I mean, we absolutely dominate the Summer Olympics) and has many regions with the perfect climate for winter sports training.

No matter how you look at it, Norway's tally is pretty mind-boggling.

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Level 40
Jun 24, 2022
Norway is not tiny. Get an atlas. Oy vey.
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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 51
Dec 30, 2019
Got everything except the Netherlands!
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Level 82
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 66
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 84
Jul 27, 2021
by "everyone" dg of course means only himself and a small handful of biased/bigoted dullards suffering an obnoxious inferiority complex. As demonstrated here since the commenter being responded to states plainly he only missed the obvious answer because he thought he had already tried it. Sort of like replying to someone saying that he likes hamburgers with some condescending retort stating "you're only saying that because everybody hates hamburgers." ... the reply is preemptively refuted by the comment being responded to.
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Level 70
Jan 26, 2022
IOC doesn't. I think they have some legitimity in Olympic statistics
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Level 51
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 43
Jul 15, 2020
That's the last one I got, and I live in Slovakia
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Level 48
Jan 26, 2021
I managed to guess East Germany but not Canada🤣
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Level 41
Feb 18, 2021
damnit i forgot russia isnt the soviet union
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Level 24
Jun 7, 2021
according to wikipedia, germany leads the list

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ewiger_Medaillenspiegel_der_Olympischen_Winterspiele

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Level 84
Aug 10, 2021
That's German Wikipedia. Unsurprisingly. Where they take a ridiculous invented concept that uniquely advantages them and disadvantages every single other country in the world and just run with it as if it were what everyone accepted. The main Wikipedia page takes a much more neutral stance, even though it devotes more page space than it should to this silly concept of successor states that in the past could field multiple teams and gain medals with both of them. The English-language US-based site presents all sides to this plainly and matter-of-factly. The German side does not. No wonder people from German-speaking countries have such a buggered and myopic view of things, while believing that others who aren't are guilty of the same sins. Unfortunate.
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Level 37
Jun 18, 2021
USSR=Russia
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Level 65
Dec 21, 2021
no
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Level 66
Sep 4, 2021
Another enjoyable quiz. I like these ones that feature some countries that no longer exist. Thanks a lot.
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Level 52
Feb 21, 2022
An update is needed to include Beijing!
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Level 58
Feb 25, 2022
Russia should not include R.O.C. and "Olympic Athletes from Russia".

If they were called that way it's because Russia as a state cheated with doping people.

It is fair to take that into consideration and remove what they earned under any flag but Russia ones.

I hardly recommand that Russia incudes only Russia and neither R.O.C nor O.A.R.

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Level 76
Feb 25, 2022
Is there a reason why the United Kingdom appears as Great Britain?
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Level 58
Feb 25, 2022
It is always called that way during O.G. I don't know why...
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Level 46
Feb 25, 2022
Iceland has failed to live up to its name in these games
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Level 60
Feb 25, 2022
If you are gonna do it this way, you should add the united german teams medals to the germany/west germany medal count...