#1 By: Rob Beschizza, February 17th, 2014 12:08
#2 By: Jason Andresen, February 17th, 2014 12:20
Wow, Nordic countries do well at the Winter Olympics? Who would have guessed? And since the number of entrants is limited to low single digits regardless of the size of the country, it makes sense that countries with a smaller population would have a higher per-capita medal count.
#3 By: Paul Renault, February 17th, 2014 12:40
Once the games are finished, they should also have a bar chart that shows the number of medal winners per capita.
'Cuz, y'know, in Canada, we've got all these hockey players, and I expect they'll do well.
#4 By: Katja, February 17th, 2014 12:50
Do this for the years we were actually on top of the medal leader board and you will see true awesomeness.
#5 By: bash, February 17th, 2014 12:58
I'd be curious to see how the province of Quebec would be rated on this chart..!
#6 By: retepslluerb, February 17th, 2014 13:22
Ah yes, Latvia and Slovenia, well known Nordic countries close to the arctic wilderness.
#7 By: Dan Century, February 17th, 2014 14:05
The US sucks at winter. Hopefully all our cars, roads and supermarkets don't go away -- if we have to ski over to the beaver hut to get some food, we're doomed.
#8 By: Jason Andresen, February 17th, 2014 14:36
Most of Latvia at a higher latitude than Copenhagen, that's cold enough for me.
Slovenia is a little more surprising, being in the mountains probably helps. Switzerland would probably rank higher on this chart if they had a lower population.
#9 By: Textuality, February 17th, 2014 14:41
Would be interested in seeing one for average snowfall.
#10 By: derp, February 17th, 2014 16:32
And Alaska is north of Beijing, so it's in Russia? You make no sense at all.
The fact that Latvia is a northern country does not make it Nordic.
#11 By: Carl Whithof, February 17th, 2014 19:24
Sorry, but it has to be said: what's the level of "who give a flying fuck about the Oly***cs" (starred to avoid trademark infringement) per country? They've been hyperpoliticized crap for years and years.
#12 By: Ethan Allen's Scion, February 17th, 2014 20:00
The state of Vermont now sits at 57 medal winners (and 185 olympians) per 10 million people.
#13 By: teapot, February 17th, 2014 22:50
NO HAY FOR ANYONE BECAUSE MY OPINION IS THE RIGHTEST
#14 By: WearySky, February 18th, 2014 16:23
Canada is actually up to 4.8 medals per capita (two more silvers today).
I'm not sure what the "medals per $100bn gdp" shows... Just because a country has a large (or small) gdp doesn't necessarily mean that they spend a lot of (or a little!) money on their olympic athletes. I know that a lot of Canadian athletes go into tremendous amounts of debt (leading to things like the "Canadian Athletes Now" charity to help alleviate that) in order to train for the Olympics.
#15 By: starfish and coffee, February 18th, 2014 17:23
The Baltic states are linked to the Nordic Union in countless ways. Pretty much the only thing missing is full official membership status. I don't think the Latvians would object much to being considered Nordic.
#16 By: retepslluerb, February 19th, 2014 04:49
Well, Slovenia isn't a Baltic country and Latvia may want to be one, but the Nordic countries see that differently, despite generally fair to good relations.
The Baltic countries are much more integrated into mainstream Europe as a whole than the Nordic countries, which opt out in many ways.
Norway isn't a member of the EU - the Baltics are.
Denmark and Sweden aren't members of NATO - the Baltics are.
Denmark isn't a member of the EU defense council - the Baltics are.
Sweden and Denmark aren't members of the Eurozone - the Baltics are. (Lithunia isn't yet, but is pegged to the Euro and will make full switch to the Euro in 2015.)
#17 By: Rob Beschizza, February 22nd, 2014 12:08
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