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Norway crowned world's sportiest nation in 2017

2018 has begun with a happy and fit record for us! Norway has been crowned the world’s sportiest nation in 2017 by Greatest Sporting Nation (GSN)! It’s the second time in GSN history that the Scandinavian country wins the Per Capita Cup, the ranking in which each country’s population figure is divided by the number of GSN points earned in the year, to measure how many citizens the country ‘needs’ to score 1 GSN point. The fewer needed, the sportier the country.

“Norway’s 2017 victory was built above all on an impressive performance in snow and ice (Winter) sports, a sport group in which it finished only 75 points behind winners USA. Not surprisingly, 25.3% of all of Norway’s GSN points were won in Cross Country Skiing. However, the plucky Norwegians scored points throughout the year in as many as 21 different sports, including Athletics, Rowing, Road Cycling and Swimming”, according to 

Norway won the Per Capita Cup once before, in 2010, but has totted up no less than seven Per Capita Cup podium finishes (six second places and one third place) in the ten years since 2008. 

We hope to continue the winning streak in 2018 and wish all our fellow Norwegians a happy, healthy and sporty year ahead!

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