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Olympic Medal Count: How Countries Fared at Tokyo 2020

Every four years, the Summer Olympics brings together thousands of athletes from around the world to compete in a global arena of sportsmanship and athletic excellence.

Tokyo hosted the 2020 Summer Olympics from July 24 to August 9, 2021, marking the second time Japan has hosted the Summer Olympics. The country was first given the honor back in 1964 becoming the first Asian nation to host the Olympic Games.

Even in this most challenging of climates where the games had to be pushed by a year, nothing stopped the athletes from exceeding their limits and breaking long-held records.

The Final 2020 Olympic Medal Count

In a complete show of dominance, the U.S. won the most medals at the Olympics, raking in 113 total with 39 gold medals. The U.S. beat out China to claim the top spot by a single gold medal. China finished the games with an impressive 88 medals in total. The host country Japan comes in at third with 27 gold medals and a total of 58 medals.

Here is the final Olympic medal count for each country that participated in the Tokyo Olympic Games:

RankCountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.394133113
2๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China38321888
3๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan27141758
4๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Great Britain22212265
5๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ ROC (Russia)20282371
6๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia17072246
7๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands10121436
8๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France10121133
9๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany10111637
10๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy10102040
11๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada07061124
12๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil07060821
13๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand07060720
14๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ Cuba07030515
15๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungary06070720
16๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea06041020
17๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland04050514
18๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic04040311
19๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Kenya04040210
20๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway04020208
21๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Jamaica04010409
22๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain03080617
23๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden03060009
24๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland03040613
25๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark03040411
26๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia03030208
27๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท Iran03020207
28๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia03010509
29๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium03010307
30๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ Bulgaria03010206
31๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia03010105
32๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Uzbekistan03000205
33๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช Georgia02050108
34๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)02040612
35๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Turkey02020913
36๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece02010104
36๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Uganda02010104
38๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ Ecuador02010003
39๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland02000204
39๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel02000204
41๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Qatar02000103
42๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ Bahamas02000002
42๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Kosovo02000002
44๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukraine01061219
45๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus01030307
46๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania01030004
46๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ช Venezuela01030004
48๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India01020407
49๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong01020306
50๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ Philippines01020104
50๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia01020104
52๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa01020003
53๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria01010507
54๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ Egypt01010406
55๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia01010305
56๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น Ethiopia01010204
56๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal01010204
58๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ Tunisia01010002
59๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia01000102
59๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏ Fiji01000102
59๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia01000102
59๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand01000102
63๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฒ Bermuda01000001
63๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Morocco01000001
63๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ท Puerto Rico01000001
66๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Colombia00040105
67๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Azerbaijan00030407
68๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ด Dominican Republic00030205
69๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Armenia00020204
70๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Kyrgyzstan00020103
71๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ณ Mongolia00010304
72๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท Argentina00010203
72๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ San Marino00010203
74๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด Jordan00010102
74๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Malaysia00010102
74๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Nigeria00010102
77๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ญ Bahrain00010001
77๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Saudi Arabia00010001
77๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania00010001
77๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ North Macedonia00010001
77๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Namibia00010001
77๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฒ Turkmenistan00010001
83๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan00000808
84๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico00000404
85๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland00000202
86๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผ Botswana00000101
86๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ Burkina Faso00000101
86๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Cรดte d'Ivoire00000101
86๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ Ghana00000101
86๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Grenada00000101
86๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ผ Kuwait00000101
86๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Republic of Moldova00000101
86๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ Syria00000101

Of course, countries with larger populations have an inherent advantage, so it’s also interesting to look at the top countries by population per medal. By this measure, the European microstate of San Marino comes out on top. This was San Marino’s first ever medal showing at an Olympic Games. Turkmenistan and Burkina Faso also won medals for the first time at Tokyo 2020.

Here’s a look at the top 15 countries by population per Olympic medal:

Country (population)Olympic Medals in 2020Population per medal
San Marino (33,931)311,310
Bermuda (63,918)163,918
Grenada (112,523)1112,523
Bahamas (393,244)2196,622
New Zealand (4,822,233)20241,112
Jamaica (2,961,167)9329,019
Slovenia (2,078,938)5415,788
Fiji (896,445)2448,222
Netherlands (17,134,872)36475,969
Georgia (3,989,167)8498,645
Hungary (9,660,351)20483,018
Croatia (4,105,267)8513,158
Denmark (5,792,202)11526,563
Australia (25,499,884)46554,345
Estonia (1,326,535)2663,267

Among countries with a slightly larger population, the Netherlands and Australia had strong showings.

Other Facts and Figures About the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Despite a year-long delay and a slew of challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, this unprecedented Olympic Games went ahead. Here are 12 interesting things to note about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics:

1. The Olympic Torch

The Olympic Torch Relay traveled through all 47 of Japanโ€™s prefectures over 121 days. It involved 10,500 torchbearers, who ultimately arrived at Japanโ€™s Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

2. The Stadiums

40 venues in and around the city of Tokyo hosted 33 Olympic Sports and 22 Paralympic Sports events. The two main areas were the Heritage Zone and the Tokyo Bay Zone.

3. Cost of the Games

The Tokyo Olympics were the most expensive Olympics on record. According to officials, the budget for the Games was $15.4 billion. On the other hand, Japanese government auditors have claimed the total spending topped $20 billion.

This is almost three times the original forecast of around $7.4 billion when Tokyo put together its bid for the Olympics. The postponement of the Games cost the country close to $2 billion, after initial speculation that the cost could be as high as $6 billion.

4. IOC Refugee Olympic Team

29 athletes qualified as part of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Rio 2016 was the first time that an IOC refugee team had made an appearance at the Olympic games.

5. Age is Just a Number

Syrian table tennis player Hend Zaza and Japanese skateboarder Kokona Hiraki were the youngest athletes in Tokyo at 12 years old, while Australian equestrian Mary Hanna was the oldest at 66 years old.

6. Self Service Medalling

Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics put their medals around their own necks to protect against spreading COVID-19. After being presented medals on a tray, the athletes picked it up and medalled themselves. There would also be no handshakes or hugs at the podiums.

7. A Focus on Sustainability

To promote sustainability, this yearโ€™s Olympics repurposed a number of the venues used in the 1964 Games. Moreover, the podiums, uniforms, medals, and even the beds at the Olympic Village were all made from recycled materials.

While Japan is not the first to make Olympic medals from recycled materials, it is the first time that citizens of a host country proactively donated their electronic devices as materials for the medals.

8. Inclusion and Diversity

This year, the Games nearly reached gender parity. According to the IOC, of the almost 11,000 Olympic athletes in Tokyo, nearly 49% were women, marking the first “gender-balanced” games in its history. Nearly 85 years after the canoe sprint made its Olympic debut, the women’s sprint event was added to the Olympic games this year.

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard from New Zealand was the first openly transgender woman competing in any event at the Olympics. She joined other elite athletes like footballer Quinn from Canada and U.S. cyclist Chelsea Wolfe to participate in this yearโ€™s games.

9. Mental Health Took Center Stage

Starting with four-time grand slam champion Naomi Osaka withdrawing from the French Open over mental health concerns, the conversation about an athlete’s mental preparedness was as important as their physical one at the games.

After Simone Biles stepped away from the U.S. womenโ€™s gymnastics team in the all-around contest earlier last week, numerous athletes worldwide have continued to elevate conversations surrounding mental health, especially in competitive sports.

10. Splitting a Medal?

Olympic high jumpers Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy mutually decided to share the top spot in their event. The last time the gold medal was shared among two athletes at the Olympics was 113 years ago.

11. Hot New Events

Four sports made their Olympic debuts at the Tokyo Games: karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing. Other sports added new disciplines, including menโ€™s and womenโ€™s three-on-three basketball and the BMX freestyle event.

12. Tokyo’s Slick Olympic Technology

Humanoid Robots helped on the field for the first time, fetching hammers and javelins flung during field events and interacting with spectators. This was also the first time a host used facial recognition systems to provide athletes and officials venue access, helping to increase and speed up security.

Next Stop, Paris

The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place from 26 July to 11 August 2024. During those weeks, Paris will be at the center of the sporting world. The IOC is keen to set a new standard for inclusive, gender-balanced and youth-centered games.

The next Olympics are expected to see even more athlete and spectator participationโ€”hopefully, one where they likely won’t have to work around COVID-19 restrictions. With numerous new sports added in Tokyo’s Olympic Games, we might even see breakdancing in the Paris version of events. Here’s to the next four years.

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10 Travel Destinations for Post-Pandemic Life

Excited to get back to travelling the world? This infographic highlights the 10 most popular tourist destinations.

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10 Travel Destinations for Post-Pandemic Life

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization formally classified the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic. The resulting travel bans decimated the tourism industry, and international air travel initially fell by as much as 98%.

Almost two years later, travel is finally back on the table, though there are many restrictions to consider. Regardless, a survey conducted in September 2021 found that, as things revert to normalcy, 82% of Americans are looking forward to international travel more than anything else.

To give inspiration for your next vacation (whenever that may be), this infographic lists the 10 most visited countries in 2019, as well as three of their top attractions according to Google Maps.

Bon Voyage

Here were the 10 most popular travel destinations in 2019, measured by their number of international arrivals.

CountryNumber of international arrivals in 2019 (millions)
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France*90.0
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain83.5
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.79.3
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China65.7
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy64.5
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Turkey51.2
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico45.0
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand39.8
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany39.6
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom39.4

*Estimate | Source: World Bank

France was the most popular travel destination by a significant margin, and itโ€™s easy to see why. The country is home to many of the worldโ€™s most renowned sights, including the Arc de Triomphe and Louvre Museum.

The Arc de Triomphe was built in the early 1800s, and honors those who died in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. In 1944, Allied soldiers marched through the monument after Paris was liberated from the Nazis.

The Louvre Museum, on the other hand, is often recognized by its giant glass pyramid. The museum houses over 480,000 works of art, including Leonardo da Vinciโ€™s Mona Lisa.

Art isnโ€™t the only thing that France has to offer. The country has a reputation for culinary excellence, and is home to 632 Michelin-starred restaurants, the most out of any country. Japan comes in at second, with 413.

While Youโ€™re There…

After seeing the sights in Paris, you may want to consider a visit to Spain. The country is the southern neighbor of France and is known for its beautiful villages and beaches.

One of its most impressive sights is the Sagrada Familia, a massive 440,000 square feet church which began construction in 1882, and is still being worked on today (139 years in the making). The video below shows the structure’s striking evolution.

At a height of 172 meters, the Sagrada Familia is approximately 52 stories tall.

Another popular spot is Ibiza, an island off the coast of Spain that is famous for its robust nightlife scene. The island is frequently mentioned in pop cultureโ€”Netflix released an adventure/romance movie titled Ibiza in 2018, and the remix of Mike Posnerโ€™s song I Took a Pill in Ibiza has over 1.4 billion views on YouTube.

Beaches Galore

If you’re looking for something outside of Europe, consider Mexico or Thailand, which are the 7th and 8th most popular travel destinations. Both offer hot weather and an abundance of white sand beaches.

If you need even more convincing, check out these links:

Expect Turbulence

Under normal circumstances, hundreds of billions of dollars are spent each year by international tourists. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTCC), this spending accounted for an impressive 10.4% of global GDP in 2019.

Travel restrictions introduced in 2020 dealt a serious blow to the industry, reducing its share of global GDP to 5.5%, and wiping out an estimated 62 million jobs. While the WTCC believes these jobs could return by 2022, the emerging Omicron variant has already prompted many countries to tighten restrictions once again.

To avoid headaches in the future, make sure you fully understand the rules and restrictions of where you’re heading.

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Which Values Children Should Be Encouraged to Learn, By Country

Which qualities do people think are most important for children to learn? The answer differs from country to country.

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Qualities Children Should Learn

Many of the values we prioritize as adults were instilled in us during our childhood days.

Theyโ€™re called our formative years for a reasonโ€”from when weโ€™re born up until weโ€™re about eight years old, our brains are easily molded and remain highly sensitive to external influences and environments. But depending on where you grew up, you may have been exposed to different values during your childhood compared to someone from another place.

These visualizations by Anders Sundell illustrate the most important values people think children should learn at home, across more than 80 different countries.

Methodology

Sundell used data from the World Values Survey, an international survey that interviews hundreds of thousands of participants from across the globe. Respondents were asked to pick up to five qualities they believe are the most desirable for children to have:

  • Good manners
  • Independence
  • Hard work
  • Feeling of responsibility
  • Imagination
  • Tolerance and respect for other people
  • Thrift, saving money
  • Determination and perseverance
  • Religious faith
  • Unselfishness
  • Obedience

Sundell took the survey data and calculated the proportion of people in each country that selected each quality. From there, he took the top qualities and created three separate plot graphs to show the contrast between them.

Let’s look at the importance that countries placed on different values, including (1) independence and obedience, (2) unselfishness and religious faith, and (3) hard work and imagination.

1. Independence vs Obedience

Nordic countries value independence greatly, and find obedience to be a less important quality to instill in children.

Independence_vs_Obedience

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Other available data also supports that adults in Nordic countries value independence. According to Eurostat, the most common age to leave home in Sweden is between 17 and 18โ€”nearly a decade sooner than the average age across the EU (26 years old).

Denmarkโ€™s average age to leave home is also below the European average, at 21 years old.

On the other end of the spectrum, countries like Iraq and Egypt believe obedience is much more important for children to learn.

2. Unselfishness vs Religious Faith

Bangladesh, Egypt, and Jordan all place a strong emphasis on faith, and fall on the far right of this graph.

unselfishness_versus_faith

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Islam is a strong influence in all three of these countries. In Bangladesh and Jordan, it’s the official state religion. And while Egypt is a secular country, a majority of citizens identify as Muslimโ€”about 90% of the population.

Interestingly, places like the U.S. and Hong Kong fall right in the between, placing relatively equal importance on religion and unselfishness.

3. Hard Work vs Imagination

Left-leaning Nordic countries like Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland think imagination is more important for children to learn than hard work.

Hardwork_versus_imagination

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Interestingly, Japan also scored high for imagination, seeing it was a more important value to teach children than hard work. This is despite the fact that the country has an international reputation for being a hardworking country, where even taking an extended vacation can be frowned upon. Then again, Japan has a reputation for producing wildly creative works of art that are popular internationally (anime, for instance).

As expected, countries and cultures contain multitudes, and can often seem paradoxical and complex to those who try to codify them.

What qualities do you think are most important, and what countries surprised you with their placements?

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