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

* 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. Examples include the Australasia team from 1908-1912 including athletes from Australian and New Zealand. Past countries such as Czechoslovakia, USSR and Yugoslavia have now split into smaller regions. There are many more examples, see the articles about Past Participating Countries.

Existing countries/regions with no or unrecognized Olympic committees

In 2013, the International Olympic Committee insisted that it does not recognize 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 recognizes an NOC for Georgia (which has jurisdiction over the whole territory of Georgia) but does not recognize an NOC for Abkhazia or South Ossetia.



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