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Games of the Small States of Europe

The Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE) is a biennial, multi-sport event, launched by the Republic of San Marino, organized by and featuring the National Olympic Committees of nine European small states since 1985. The Games are held at the end of May or beginning of June, and feature competition in nine Summer Olympic sports.

Games of the Small States of Europe
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Logo of the event
Genremultisport competitions
Location(s)international
Inaugurated1985 (1985)
Previous event2017
Organised byEuropean Olympic Committees

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Member countriesEdit

 
Member countries

The games are organized by the members of the European Olympic Committees (EOC). From its initial forming at the 1984 Olympics through 2009 there were eight members; the group's ninth member (Montenegro) was added in 2009. Members all have a population of less than one million people (Cyprus is the only exception, however its population was below one million in 1984). Participating countries are:

(*) Montenegro became the ninth GSSE country on 1 June 2009.

The Faroe Islands are also seeking to compete at the Games; however, unlike the other participants, the Islands are neither an independent state (they are an autonomous part of Denmark) nor are they an EOC member.

EditionsEdit

No. Year Host Dates Nations Competitors Sports Events Top nation
I 1985   City of San Marino, San Marino 23–26 May 8 222 7 49   Iceland (ISL)
II 1987   Monaco City, Monaco 14–17 May 8 468 9 66   Iceland (ISL)
III 1989   Nicosia, Cyprus 17–20 May 8 675 8 75   Cyprus (CYP)
IV 1991   Andorra la Vella, Andorra 21–25 May 8 697 8 82   Iceland (ISL)
V 1993   Valletta, Malta 25–29 May 8 690 8 87   Iceland (ISL)
VI 1995   Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 29 May – 3 June 8 684 9   Iceland (ISL)
VII 1997   Reykjavík, Iceland 2–7 June 8 714 10   Iceland (ISL)
VIII 1999   Vaduz, Liechtenstein 24–29 May 8 566 9   Iceland (ISL)
IX 2001   City of San Marino, San Marino 29 May – 2 June 8 658 11   Iceland (ISL)
X 2003   Valletta, Malta 2–7 June 8 765 10 105   Cyprus (CYP)
XI 2005   Andorra la Vella, Andorra 30 May – 4 June 8 793 11 120   Cyprus (CYP)
XII 2007   Monaco City, Monaco 4–9 June 8 1062 12 121   Cyprus (CYP)
XIII 2009   Cyprus[a] 1–6 June 8 843 9   Cyprus (CYP)
XIV 2011   Liechtenstein[b] 30 May – 4 June 9 750 9   Cyprus (CYP)
XV 2013   Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 27 May – 1 June 9 762 12 120   Luxembourg (LUX)
XVI 2015   Reykjavík, Iceland 27 May – 1 June 9 789 11   Iceland (ISL)
XVII 2017   City of San Marino, San Marino 29 May – 3 June 9 889 11   Luxembourg (LUX)
XVIII 2019   Budva, Montenegro[2][3][4] 27 May – 1 June 9 11
XIX 2021   Andorra la Vella, Andorra[5] Future event
XX 2023   Valletta, Malta[6] Future event
XXI 2025   Monaco City, Monaco Future event
  1. ^ The majority of the events were hosted in Cyprus' capital city Nicosia, with other events taking place in Limassol and the National Park of Machairas.[1]
  2. ^ The games were held in nine different municipalities of Liechtenstein.

List of sporting disciplinesEdit

At the 2013 Games 11 disciplines were contested (with both men's and women's divisions):

All-time medal tableEdit

As of the 2017 Games of the Small States of Europe.
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Iceland (ISL)4793673581204
2  Cyprus (CYP)4683983541220
3  Luxembourg (LUX)3693713461086
4  Monaco (MON)119148220487
5  Malta (MLT)67132193392
6  Liechtenstein (LIE)647394231
7  San Marino (SMR)61109141311
8  Andorra (AND)4589118252
9  Montenegro (MNE)35122471
Totals (9 nations)1707169918485254

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Venues". Cyprus Olympic Committee. XIII Games of the Small States of Europe - Cyprus 2009.
  2. ^ "Budva će biti domaćin Igara malih zemalja" [Budva will be the host of the games of small states]. rtcg.me (in Montenegrin). RTCG. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  3. ^ Lajović, Vuk (21 April 2016). "Budva će 2019. biti domaćin Igara malih država Evrope" [Budva will be the host of the 2019 Games of the Small States of Europe]. vijesti.me (in Montenegrin). Vijesti. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Montenegro to host 2019 edition". Times of Malta. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Andorra acollirà al 2021 els Jocs dels Petits Estats d'Europa" [Andorra will host in 2021 the Games of the Small States of Europe] (in Catalan). Government of Andorra. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Malta to host Games of the Small States of Europe in 2023". Malta National Olympic Committee.

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