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Sweden at the Olympics

Sweden at the Olympic Games

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IOC code  SWE
NOC Swedish Olympic Committee
Website (Swedish) (English)
Olympic history
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games
Other related appearances
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Sweden first participated at the Olympic Games at the inaugural 1896 Games, and has sent athletes to compete in every Games since then with one exception, the sparsely attended 1904 Summer Olympics. Sweden has earned medals at all Olympic games except for two, the 1896 Games and the 1904 Games. The only other nation having earned medals at every Olympic game since 1908 is Finland.

Sweden hosted the Games on one occasion, the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm. The equestrian events of the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne were held in Stockholm, due to quarantine reasons.

Swedish athletes have won a total of 483 medals at the Summer Olympic Games, and another 144 at the Winter Olympic Games.

The International Olympic Committee had Swedish officer and sports instructor Viktor Balck as one of its original members. The Swedish Olympic Committee was created and recognized in 1913.


  • Medal tables by Games 1
    • Medals by Summer Games 1.1
    • Medals by Winter Games 1.2
    • Medals by summer sport 1.3
    • Medals by winter sport 1.4
  • Olympic Games bidding 2
    • Swedish Summer Olympics bids 2.1
    • Swedish Winter Olympics bids 2.2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Medal tables by Games

*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

*Total medal counts include six medals – three gold, two silver, and one bronze – awarded in the 1908 and 1920 figure skating events. These medals are included in the summer games medal totals and the winter sport medal totals. This is why the totals for summer and winter games do not match the totals for summer and winter sports.

Olympic Games bidding

Swedish Summer Olympics bids

Games Location Result
Yes 1912 Stockholm Only application
Yes 1956 Stockholm Shared games alongside Melbourne
No 2004 Stockholm Eliminated against Athens and Cape Town

Swedish Winter Olympics bids

Games Location Result
No 1984 Gothenburg Eliminated against Sarajevo and Sapporo
No 1988 Falun Eliminated against Calgary
No 1992 Falun Eliminated against Albertville and Sofia
No 1994 Östersund Eliminated against Lillehammer
No 1998 Östersund Eliminated against Nagano and Salt Lake City
No 2002 Östersund Eliminated against Salt Lake City

2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 Winter Games bids were declared non-finished applications by the Swedish Olympic Committee, due to lack of political support from the Swedish government. The explanation has been that the bidding is financially insecure for the Swedish society as a nation. 2018 Winter Olympic Games bids were promised support by the former government, but when the new government was elected, the bid was withdrawn. Östersund and Åre were the only applicant cities.

See also


  • "Olympic Medal Winners".  
  • "Swedish Olympic Committee". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
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