Most medals won at the Winter Olympics country wise

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The Winter Olympics is one of the oldest competitions in the world but who has won the most medals country wise?

The Winter Olympics bring out the best competitors across several sports from across the world. While this is not as big as the Summer Olympics, simply due to climate issues, the Games are still followed by millions.

The Games have been held since 1924 and several countries have tried their best to remain at the forefront to win as many medals as possible.

Of course, it isn’t easy for all countries to participate in the Games. A country that has a lot of snow and cold weather will see more growth in sports like ice skating or ice hockey when compared to a country that is near the Equator.

Team USA features several top athletes for the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games
The delegation from the United States takes part in the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, at the National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, in Beijing, on February 4, 2022. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

Nevertheless, we have still seen some countries try their best in performing at the Olympics, and getting to the Games is something to boast about.

While countries such as Russia and the United States boast of a huge budget to prepare their stars for the Games. However, it comes as a bit of a surprise to which country is on top of the medal table. 

Which country has won the most Winter Olympics medals? 

While the United States and Russia are near the top of the list in terms of winning the most Winter Olympic medals, it is Norway who is way ahead of the rest. 

Till the 2018 Games, the European country had won 132 Gold medals, 125 Silver medals and 111 Bronze medals for a total of 368 medals. .

Team Norway has won the most Winter Olympics medals in history
BEIJING, CHINA – FEBRUARY 04: Flag bearers Maiken Caspersen Falla and Kjetil Jansrud of Team Norway lead their team out during the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at the Beijing National Stadium on February 04, 2022 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

This was far ahead of the United States, who are second on the list. They have won 105 Gold medals, 112 Silver medals and 88 Bronze medals for a total of 305.

Of course, Golds count for more in the overall scheme of things and Norway are streaks ahead of the US. The third country on the list is Germany with 92 Golds, 88 Silvers and 60 Bronzes for a total of 240. 

Fourth comes the USSR, and it is interesting to note that there are several countries that have been formed after the breaking of the Soviet Union. Russia still comes on the list but they are ninth. 

The same can be said about East Germany and West Germany, who both feature on the list separately from modern-day Germany.

Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia are other examples of countries that are featured on the list despite being broken up.

Here is the complete list of all the countries with medals in the Winter Olympic Games. These are accurate till the 2018 Games and have not accounted for the 2022 Winter Olympics. 

Additionally, these have been ranked on the basis of Gold medals won since those count for more when listing out tables. 

RankNOCGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Norway (NOR)132125111368
2 United States (USA)10511288305
3 Germany (GER)928860240
4 Soviet Union (URS)*785759194
5 Canada (CAN)736462199
6 Austria (AUT)648187232
7 Sweden (SWE)574655158
8 Switzerland (SUI)564552153
9 Russia (RUS)473935121
10 Netherlands (NED)454441130
11 Finland (FIN)436361167
12 Italy (ITA)403648124
13 East Germany (GDR)*393635110
14 France (FRA)363553124
15 South Korea (KOR)31251470
16 Japan (JPN)14222258
17 China (CHN)13282162
18 West Germany (FRG)*11151339
19 Great Britain (GBR)1141732
20 Czech Republic (CZE)9111131
21 Unified Team (EUN)*96823
22 United Team of Germany (EUA)*86519
23 Belarus (BLR)85518
24 Poland (POL)77822
25 Australia (AUS)55515
26 Croatia (CRO)46111
27 Estonia (EST)4217
28 Slovakia (SVK)3418
29 Ukraine (UKR)3148
30 Czechoslovakia (TCH)*281525
31 ROC (ROC)*26917
32 Slovenia (SLO)251017
33 Liechtenstein (LIE)22610
34 Latvia (LAT)1359
35 Kazakhstan (KAZ)1348
36 Hungary (HUN)1247
37 Belgium (BEL)1236
 Bulgaria (BUL)Tied with Belgium on same type and number of medals
39 Spain (ESP)1034
40 Uzbekistan (UZB)1001
41 Yugoslavia (YUG)*0314
42 Luxembourg (LUX)0202
43 New Zealand (NZL)0123
44 North Korea (PRK)0112
45 Denmark (DEN)0101
46 Romania (ROU)0011

Total countries/NOCs – 46: 1062 Gold medals, 1059 Silver medals, 1050 Bronze medals = 3171 medals