Sweden at the Olympics

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Sweden at the
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IOC code SWE
NOC Swedish Olympic Committee
Website www.sok.se  (in Swedish and English)
Ranked 8th
Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

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 latter of which Sweden did not compete at). The only other nation having earned medals at every Olympic game since 1908 is Sweden's neighboring country 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 503 medals at the Summer Olympic Games, and another 158 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

*Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil. (1912)

Individual statistics

Most medals

According to official data of the Swedish Olympic Committee. This is a list of people who have won three or more Olympic gold medals for Sweden. Medals won in the 1906 Intercalated Games are not included. It includes top-three placings in 1896 and 1900, before medals were awarded for top-three placings.

Gert Fredriksson Canoeing 1948–1960SummerM6118
Sixten Jernberg Cross-country skiing 1956–1964WinterM4329
Gunde Svan Cross-country skiing 1984–1988WinterM4116
Henri Saint Cyr Equestrian 1936–1960SummerM4004
Thomas Wassberg Cross-country skiing 1976–1988WinterM4004
Wilhelm Carlberg Shooting 1908–1924SummerM4307
Charlotte Kalla Cross-country skiing 2010–2018WinterW3609
Alfred Swahn Shooting 1908–1924SummerM3339
Agneta Andersson Canoeing 1980–1996SummerW3227
Oscar Swahn Shooting 1908–1920SummerM3126
Gillis Grafström Figure skating 1920–1932WinterM3104
Tomas Gustafson Speed skating 1980–1992WinterM3104
Marcus Hellner Cross-country skiing 2010–2014WinterM3104
Ivar Johansson Wrestling 1928–1936SummerM3003
Eric Lemming Athletics 1900–1912SummerM3003
Daniel Norling Equestrian / Gymnastics 1908–1920SummerM3003
Carl Westergren Wrestling 1920–1932SummerM3003

Most appearances

AthleteSportYearsGamesGenderNo. of part.
Kerstin Palm Fencing 1964–1988SummerW7
Ragnar Skanåker Shooting 1972–1996SummerM7
Jörgen Persson Table tennis 1988–2012SummerM7
Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén Equestrian 1992–2016SummerW7
Carl-Erik Eriksson Bobsleigh 1964–1984WinterM6
Fredrik Lööf Sailing 1992–2012SummerM6
Lars Frölander Swimming 1992–2012SummerM6
Therese Alshammar Swimming 1996–2016SummerW6

Age records

Oldest medalist Oscar Swahn 72 years, 279 days 1920 Summer Olympics Shooting Men's 100 metre team running deer, double shots
Carl August Kronlund 58 years, 157 days 1924 Winter Olympics Curling Men's tournament
Youngest medalist Nils Skoglund 14 years, 11 days 1920 Summer Olympics Diving Men's plain high diving
Kim Martin Hasson 15 years, 348 days 2002 Winter Olympics Ice hockey Women's tournament
Oldest participant Oscar Swahn 72 years, 281 days 1920 Summer Olympics Shooting Men's 100 metre running deer, single shots
Carl August Kronlund 58 years, 157 days 1924 Winter Olympics Curling Men's tournament
Youngest participant Greta Carlsson 14 years, 2 days 1912 Summer Olympics Swimming Women's 100 metre freestyle
Jennie-Lee Burmansson 15 years, 220 days 2018 Winter Olympics Freestyle skiing Women's slopestyle

Hosted Games

Sweden has hosted the Games on one occasion. In 1956, the equestrian competitions were held in Stockholm.

GamesHost cityDatesNationsParticipantsEventsNote
1912 Summer Olympics Stockholm 6–22 July282,406102
1956 Summer Olympics (equestrian) Stockholm 11–17 June291596Shared with Melbourne, Australia

Unsuccessful bids

GamesProposed host cityResultGames awarded to
1984 Winter Olympics Gothenburg Third place in IOC voting Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1988 Winter Olympics Falun Runner-up in IOC voting Calgary, Canada
1992 Winter Olympics Falun Third place in IOC voting Albertville, France
1994 Winter Olympics Östersund Runner-up in IOC voting Lillehammer, Norway
1998 Winter Olympics Östersund Third place in IOC voting Nagano, Japan
2002 Winter Olympics Östersund (bid)Runner-up in IOC voting Salt Lake City, United States
2004 Summer Olympics Stockholm Fourth place in IOC voting Athens, Greece
2022 Winter Olympics Stockholm (bid)Cancelled bid Beijing, China
2026 Winter Olympics Stockholm (bid)Runner-up in IOC voting Milan-Cortina, Italy

Summary by sport



2012 London 22/80000
2020 Tokyo 11/80000


Sweden first competed in swimming in 1900, with one swimmer in three events winning no medals.

1900 Paris 13/70000
2012 London 1115/340000
2016 Rio de Janeiro 1114/341113
2020 Tokyo 1014/350101


2012 London 11/40000
2016 Rio de Janeiro 11/40000
2020 Tokyo 11/50000


Sweden first competed in track and field athletics in 1896, sending 1 athlete (Henrik Sjöberg) who competed in four events. Sweden's first medal in the sport was a bronze in the 1900 marathon by Ernst Fast.

Sweden has earned 21 gold and 84 total medals in athletics, its second most successful sport after wrestling (28 gold and 86 total). Sweden is tied with Australia for 11th-most golds in the sport (with Australia ranked higher in most sources due to having more silver medals), while its total medal count would place it 8th.

1896 Athens 14/120000
1900 Paris 811/230011
2012 London 98/470000
2016 Rio de Janeiro 1613/470000
2020 Tokyo 2115/482103

Swedish athletes also won 2 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals in athletics at the 1906 Intercalated Games. IOC has retroactively decided to no longer recognize those games as official Olympic games.


2012 London 11/50000
2016 Rio de Janeiro 11/50000
2020 Tokyo 11/50000


2012 London 33/130000
2016 Rio de Janeiro 11/130000
2020 Tokyo 22/130000



2016 Rio de Janeiro 11/40000
2020 Tokyo 11/40000


2012 London 65/120000
2016 Rio de Janeiro 44/120000
2020 Tokyo 23/120000


Mountain biking

2012 London 11/20000
2016 Rio de Janeiro 11/21001
2020 Tokyo 11/20000


2012 London 44/40000
2016 Rio de Janeiro 31/40101



2012 London 32/20000
2016 Rio de Janeiro 42/20000
2020 Tokyo 42/20000


2012 London 52/20101
2016 Rio de Janeiro 42/20000
2020 Tokyo 42/20000


2012 London 42/20000
2016 Rio de Janeiro 42/20101
2020 Tokyo 42/21102

Discontinued disciplines

Equestrian events outside the still ongoing disciplines were conducted during the 1900 and the 1920 Summer Olympics. Sweden didn't participate in any of the four events in 1900, but did participate in both events in 1920, winning bronze in team vaulting.

1920 Antwerp 52/20011


Sweden first competed in fencing at the 1900 Games, with 1 fencer who did not advance past the first round in the men's foil.

1900 Paris 11/70000


2012 London 181/20000
2016 Rio de Janeiro 362/20101
2020 Tokyo 221/20101


2016 Rio de Janeiro 42/20101
2020 Tokyo 42/20000


Artistic gymnastics

Sweden sent one gymnast to the first Games in 1896; he did not medal.

1896 Athens 11/80000
2012 London 15/140000
2016 Rio de Janeiro 15/140000
2020 Tokyo 28/140000


2012 London 282/20101
2016 Rio de Janeiro 282/20000
2020 Tokyo 302/20000


2012 London 11/140000
2016 Rio de Janeiro 44/140000
2020 Tokyo 44/150000

Modern pentathlon



2012 London 22/140000
2016 Rio de Janeiro 11/140000
2020 Tokyo 11/140000


2012 London 148/101012
2016 Rio de Janeiro 75/100000
2020 Tokyo 96/100202


2012 London 43/150101
2016 Rio de Janeiro 32/150101
2020 Tokyo 11/150000

Swedish athletes also won one silver and one bronze medal in shooting at the 1906 Intercalated Games. IOC has retroactively decided to no longer recognize those games as official Olympic games.


2020 Tokyo 11/40000

Table tennis

2012 London 32/40000
2016 Rio de Janeiro 53/40000
2020 Tokyo 53/50000


2012 London 22/80000
2016 Rio de Janeiro 22/80000


2012 London 33/50000
2016 Rio de Janeiro 11/50000
2020 Tokyo 11/50000


2012 London 11/20101
2016 Rio de Janeiro 11/20000

Tug of War

Tug of War was contested five times, from the 1900 Olympic games in Paris until the 1920 Olympic games in Antwerp. Sweden participated twice as its own team. The first time was in 1908. The second time was at home in Stockholm in 1912, where Sweden won the gold medal.

At the 1900 Games, three Swedish athletes were part of a mixed team that won the gold medal in tug of war. Sweden also won the bronze medal in tug of war at the 1906 Intercalated Games. IOC has retroactively decided to no longer recognize those games as official Olympic games.

1908 London 81/10000
1912 Stockholm 81/11001

Water polo



2016 Rio de Janeiro 11/150000
2020 Tokyo 11/140000



2012 London 33/110000
2016 Rio de Janeiro 44/120022
2020 Tokyo 22/120000


2012 London 33/70022
2016 Rio de Janeiro 33/60000
2020 Tokyo 11/60000

See also

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