Five Top Olympic Medal-Winning Countries by Continent

For each continent, name the five countries that have won the most total medals in the modern Summer and Winter Olympics.
According to Wikipedia. One country does not exist anymore.
Not counting the combined team of Australasia.
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Last updated: October 3, 2018
First submittedSeptember 30, 2016
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Europe
1,339
Soviet Union / Unified Team
1,265
Germany / West Germany
882
Great Britain
840
France
701
Italy
 
 
Asia
608
China
497
Japan
337
South Korea
91
Turkey
70
Kazakhstan
Africa
102
Kenya
86
South Africa
53
Ethiopia
32
Egypt
25
Nigeria
 
 
North America
2,827
United States
501
Canada
225
Cuba
77
Jamaica
69
Mexico
South America
128
Brazil
74
Argentina
28
Colombia
15
Venezuela
13
Chile
 
 
Oceania
512
Australia
120
New Zealand
1
Fiji
1
Samoa
1
Tonga
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Level ∞
Oct 3, 2018
Sorry for all the problems with this quiz. When we transitioned our quizzes to the new format maybe 0.1% of them got screwed up. It should be fixed now.
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Level 66
Oct 3, 2018
Thanks for fixing!
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Level 72
Oct 3, 2018
always grateful for your hard work, Quizmaster!
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Level 78
Oct 4, 2018
As a Turkish person, I always forget Turkey in Asia segment. Yeah, I know Turkey is classified as an Asian nation in JetPunk but in sports competitions and other cultural events It generally lays in Europe.
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Level 81
Oct 4, 2018
So....Cyprus IS in Europe.
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Level 61
Oct 5, 2018
Sorry, but Turkey - at the moment - has in a cultural way nothing in common with the rest of europe. Thanks to your GOD-like president.
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Level 74
Oct 6, 2018
Heracles96 was talking about sporting connection, not political.
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Level 77
Oct 7, 2018
Even so "nothing in common" is a bit much, one president doesn't wipe out the whole culture.
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Level 30
Aug 27, 2019
This is wear Jetpunk's inisistence that Turkey is treated as an Asian country falls down. To pick just three Olympic sports at random - Turkey competes in the official European Championships for athletics, swimming and wrestling.
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Level 47
Aug 29, 2020
So is Israel, Qatar was playing in Copa America and Australia sometimes is in Asian competitions.
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Level 56
Aug 29, 2019
Turkey is culturally more Asian but geographically European I would say
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Level 49
Sep 30, 2019
How can it be geographically European? That's like saying Spain is geographically African because of Melilla and Ceuta.
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Level 56
Sep 30, 2019
As it’s part of that region, north of the Mediterranean. It also borders the Aegean, and the Black Sea. It also historically ruled lots of Europe.
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Level 56
Aug 22, 2020
What? How is Turkey geographically Europe? Eastern Thrace is, but that's only a small part of their land and population. Anatolia is completelly in Asia by pretty much every definition of Europe
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Level 70
Oct 18, 2018
A nice, non-political quiz. My non-political comment is that it's time those Pacific island nations (New Zealand excepted) started winning a few more medals.
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Level 32
Jan 22, 2019
I got USSR With 0:01 left!
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Level 53
Mar 24, 2019
Got all but Samoa. Didn't know Kazakhstan had that many.
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Level 80
Aug 2, 2019
Kazakhstan greatest country in the world
All other countries are run by little girls
Kazakhstan #1 exporter of potassium
Other countries have inferior potassium
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Level 64
Sep 30, 2019
That time Kuwait accidently played the Borat satirical anthem for a Kazakh gold medalist.
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Level 69
Aug 26, 2019
Kazakhs are phenomenal ass-kickers. Most of their medals are in combat sports or weightlifting.
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Level 67
Aug 14, 2019
Can someone explain why huge countries like Indonesia & India are comparatively so bad at sports?
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Level 72
Aug 26, 2019
Lack of government investment in Olympic sport, focus on other sports/cultural activity, talented athletes having a lack of time and resources to train and compete...
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Level 80
Aug 26, 2019
Because success at the Olympics has almost nothing at all to do with population or the size of your country which is why looking at per-capita figures is nonsensical. Nigeria, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, the Philippines, the Democratic Republic of Congo, etc also have virtually no presence at the Olympic games. It's much more about economics, physical geography (hard to get a ski jumping team going in Namibia), politics (how interested a country is in the Olympics, how much support the government gives to its athletes), athletic tradition, and competitive spirit than population. Also a bit to do with genetics (a big part of why Kenya shows up here). Population doesn't start being a factor until you look at some micronations.
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Level 47
Nov 29, 2019
Well, it's debatable... Having more people also mean you have more athletes to choose from, more genetic diversity, more competition inside your country... Big olympic nations tend to have a big population (China, USA, Japan, France, Germany...). It's not the only factor certainly, but going as far as saying it's a non factor is a bit much
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Level 50
Apr 19, 2020
Also for that fact that the most popular sports in India don't show up at the Olympics
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Level 80
Apr 21, 2020
Cricket's not in the Olympics.
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Level 20
Aug 27, 2019
I got all the countries right, but I almost missed one because I consider Turkey a European country!
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Level 50
Sep 30, 2019
Just saying, it’s Capital is in Asia, most of it’s area is in Asia, most of the population is in Asia and they are culturally Asian. You MIGHT consider it historically European due to Constantinople, but this is nothing to do with History.
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Level 65
Sep 30, 2019
Got them all with 3 seconds to go, the last one being... ahh, Turkey!
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Level 78
Sep 30, 2019
Really wish I'd read the caveat. I couldn't figure out which European country I was missing that was number one. Sigh. (It finally dawned on me it must be a former country as time was running out, but unfortunately West Germany was the first one that came to mind.)
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Level 42
Sep 30, 2019
isn't turkey considered to be in europe?
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Level 80
Sep 30, 2019
Only a small part of it.
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Level 55
Dec 9, 2019
I got the last one (Tonga) with 10 seconds left on the clock... lol
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Level 46
Dec 31, 2019
Though geographically an Asian country, in sports Turkey is a European country. Also a member of European Olympic Comittee. I'd suggest, replace it with a country that competes in Asian games, not European games.
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Level 53
Mar 24, 2020
How come Kazakhstan is not included in the USSR ?!?
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Level 65
Apr 12, 2020
Post Soviet/Unified team.
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Level 44
Jul 1, 2020
kazakhstan and turkey both with 5 seconds left
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Level 71
Aug 14, 2020
What's the policy on why West Germany and Germany are put together (but not East Germany?) while USSR and current-day Russia don't have their totals combined?
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Level 56
Sep 27, 2020
West Germany and Germany are the same country. The BRD annexed the DDR and Germany is still BRD today.
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Level 71
Oct 6, 2020
Thanks, that makes sense!