Participating Countries

Below is a list of all the countries that are currently recognized by the International Olympic Committee as National Olympic Committees.

Five countries have been represented at all Summer Olympic Games – Greece, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, and Australia, though not always as part of official teams. Switzerland is on this list even though they boycotted the 1956 Olympics - they had competed in the equestrian events several months earlier in Stockholm. France did not send a team to the 1904 Games but a lone Frenchman did compete for the USA and a mixed team. Also in 1896 Great Britain competed as part of the 'United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland', while Australia particpated in 1908 and 1912 as part of a combined Australasia team with New Zealand. Therefore, out of these five nations only Greece has participated under its own flag in all modern summer Olympic Games.

On the other hand, Vatican City is one sovereign state never to have competed in an Olympics.

A few of the places below are territories/regions rather than countries, though they all participate at the Olympic Games under this name. For some interesting trivia about the countries that have participated at the summer Olympic Games, follow the links below.

Afghanistan Gabon Nigeria
Albania The Gambia Norway
Algeria Georgia Oman
American Samoa* Germany Pakistan
Andorra Ghana Palau
Angola Greece Palestine*
Antigua and Barbuda Grenada Panama
Argentina Guam* Papua New Guinea
Armenia Guatemala Paraguay
Aruba* Guinea Peru
Australia Guinea-Bissau Philippines
Austria Guyana Poland
Azerbaijan Haiti Portugal
The Bahamas Honduras Puerto Rico*
Bahrain Hong Kong* Qatar
Bangladesh Hungary Romania
Barbados Iceland Russian Federation
Belarus India Rwanda
Belgium Indonesia Saint Kitts and Nevis
Belize Iran Saint Lucia
Bermuda* Iraq Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Benin Ireland Samoa
Bhutan Israel San Marino
Bolivia Italy Sao Tome and Principe
Bosnia and Herzegovina Jamaica Saudi Arabia
Botswana Japan Senegal
Brazil Jordan Serbia
British Virgin Islands* Kazakhstan Seychelles
Brunei Kenya Sierra Leone
Bulgaria Kiribati Singapore
Burkina Faso Korea, North (PDR of Korea) Slovakia
Burundi Korea, South Slovenia
Cambodia Kuwait Solomon Islands
Cameroon Kyrgyzstan Somalia
Canada Laos South Africa
Cape Verde Latvia South Sudan
Cayman Islands* Lebanon Spain
Central African Republic Lesotho Sri Lanka
Chad Liberia Sudan
Chile Libya Suriname
China Liechtenstein Swaziland
Colombia Lithuania Sweden
Comoros Luxembourg Switzerland
Congo, Republic of the Macedonia Syria
Congo, Democratic Madagascar Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)
Republic of the Cook Islands* Malawi Tajikistan
Costa Rica Malaysia Tanzania
Cote d'Ivoire Maldives Thailand
Croatia Mali Togo
Cuba Malta Tonga
Cyprus Marshall Islands Trinidad and Tobago
Czech Republic Mauritania Tunisia
Denmark Mauritius Turkey
Djibouti Mexico Turkmenistan
Dominica Fed. States of Micronesia Tuvalu
Dominican Republic Moldova Uganda
East Timor (Timor-Leste) Monaco Ukraine
Ecuador Mongolia United Arab Emirates
Egypt Morocco United Kingdom (Great Britain)
El Salvador Montenegro United States
Equatorial Guinea Mozambique Uruguay
Eritrea Myanmar (Burma) Uzbekistan
Estonia Namibia Vanuatu
Ethiopia Nauru Venezuela
Fiji Nepal Vietnam
Finland Netherlands Virgin Islands*
France New Zealand Yemen
Nicaragua Zambia
Niger Zimbabwe

* territory rather than a country

Non Countries

Past Competing Countries / Territories / Combined (Mixed) Teams

Over time there have been changes to borders, and countries merging and separating, so there is a history of countries participating at the Olympics that no longer exist or no longer compete under that name. Also on many occasions mixed teams with athletes from more than one country have participated. See more on Past Participating Countries.

Existing countries/regions with unrecognized Olympic committees

In 2013, the International Olympic Committee insisted that it does not recognise National Olympic Committees for Abkhazia or South Ossetia after the Russian Olympic Committee listed the two Georgian rebel regions as separate entities on its database for the Sochi 2014 Olympics and Paralympics. The IOC recognises an NOC for Georgia (which has jurisdiction over the whole territory of Georgia) but does not recognise an NOC for Abkhazia or South Ossetia.


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