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Top 10 Sportiest Countries – Norway Leads the List

Top 10 Sportiest Countries – Norway Leads the List

Top 10 Sportiest Countries – Norway Leads the List

A recent study by PTPioneer.com analyzed more than 50 countries to identify the list of the top 10 sportiest countries. Factors like health index, monthly sports participation rates and sports medals per capita were analyzed.
The countries were then ranked by a composite score calculated based on these factors. Most popular sports were also added to give context to the findings.
Findings summed up
Countries
Bloomberg health index
People practicing sports at least every month
Medals per 100,000
Score
Most popular sports
Norway
89.09
83.9%
10.31
90.3
Football (soccer)
Finland
85.89
77.5%
8.74
82.2
Ice Hockey
Sweden
90.24
78.0%
6.41
76.9
Football (soccer)
Switzerland
90.93
71.8%
4.31
68.6
Football (soccer)
Australia
89.75
84.1%
2.11
66.7
Australian Football
Denmark
82.69
73.5%
3.63
64.8
Football (soccer)
Iceland
91.44
79.2%
1.06
62.2
Football (soccer)
Netherlands
85.86
65.2%
2.70
59.7
Football (soccer)
Austria
86.3
50.4%
3.92
57.5
Football (soccer)
South Korea
85.41
73.7%
0.71
57.2
Football (soccer)
Norway is the sportiest country, with a composite score of 90.29. Having the highest number of sports medals per 100K has highly contributed to its leading position. Moreover, a health index score of 89.09, coupled with a high participation rate in monthly sports activities also has made Norway number 1 in the ranking.
Finland secures the 2nd spot on the list of the sportiest countries, with an overall score of 82.20. Finland stands out as the only country in the list where ice hockey, not football, is the most popular sport.
Sweden stands in 3rd place on the list of the sportiest countries, with a score of 76.9. Boasting the highest health index among the top 3, a slightly lower medals per 100K didn’t affect its position on the list.
Having an overall score of 68.6, Switzerland is in the 4th position. The Swiss dedication to physical activity is seen by a 71.8% sports participation rate, influencing the high health index at 90.9.
Rounding out the top five with a score of 66.7Australia stands out for having the highest sports participation rate (84%) not only among the ranked countries but also in the world. Australian football is the most favored sport, drawing interest across the nation.
Following closely, Denmark secures the 6th position, with a composite score of 64.8. With 73.5% of its population participating in sports activities at least once a month and with an impressive health rate, Denmark shows a balanced commitment to both health and athletic performance.
Iceland stands in the 7th spot, with a score of 62.2.  Iceland is the healthiest country among the top 10 with a health index of 91.44. It impresses with 79.2% of its population practicing sports regularly, although it has a lower rate of sports medals.
The Netherlands is ranked 8th, with a composite score of 59.7. The Dutch demonstrate a slightly lower monthly sports participation rate but make up for it with a high number of sports medals per capita, underscoring the country’s strong sporting tradition and international presence.
Claiming the 9th place, Austria has a composite score of 57.5. The country is notable for its health index of 86.30, even though participation in sports activities stands among the lowest in the top 10. Yet, the country shines in sports competitiveness with a high number of sports medals, especially in winter sports.
South Korea completes the list of the sportiest countries, with a score of 57.2, close to Austria. South Korea showcases a high rate of sports participation at 73.7%, highly influencing the health and the ranking of the country.

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