Bonus List

COUNTRIES WITH THE MOST OLYMPIANS PER MILLION PEOPLE IN 2008

Every country in the world, except the Vatican, sent at least two people to compete in the olympics in 2008. Of course, when viewed on a "per capita" basis, the small countries generally ranked highest (if a country with only 100,000 people sent just 2 athletes to the Olympics, they would have a "per capita" rate of almost 10 times that of the US, which sent 650 athletes). However, in this list, only countries that sent at least 10 athletes are included (Monaco would be #1 otherwise with 152 olympians per million people, since that tiny country sent 5 athletes).

In general, European nations overall ranked highest (on a "per capita" basis), but there were definitely exceptions (the Caribbean, including countries not quite making this list, sent a lot of athletes to the olympics, given its population). All of these countries have fewer than 10 million people; among countries with more than 10 million people, Australia would rank #1 (22.1).

COUNTRY

1. Iceland*
2. New Zealand
3. Estonia
4. Luxembourg*
5. Trinidad & Tobago
6. Slovenia
7. Montenegro*
8. Qatar*
9. Cyprus*
10. Latvia

OLYMPIANS PER
MILLION PEOPLE
88.7
47.0
35.2
28.8
28.7
26.9
26.5
23.7
22.7
22.3
* Countries with fewer than one million people.
Only countries that sent at least 10 olympians in 2008 were listed.

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