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
Logo of the event
Genremultisport competitions
Location(s)international
Inaugurated1985 (1985)
Previous event2019
Organised byEuropean Olympic Committees
Websitewww.eocgsse.org
2019 Games of the Small States of Europe

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.

Vatican City attended the 2019 edition of the tournament with observer status. After two years, the nation will achieve full member status and be eligible to enter the 2021 tournament. It is eligible to participate despite not being an International Olympic Committee member through a partnership with the Italian Olympic Committee.[1]

Editions

No. Year Host Dates Nations Competitors Sports Events Top nation
1 1985 City of San Marino, San Marino 23–26 May 8 222 7 49  Iceland (ISL)
2 1987 Monaco City, Monaco 14–17 May 8 468 9 66  Iceland (ISL)
3 1989 Nicosia, Cyprus 17–20 May 8 675 8 75  Cyprus (CYP)
4 1991 Andorra la Vella, Andorra 21–25 May 8 697 8 82  Iceland (ISL)
5 1993 Valletta, Malta 25–29 May 8 690 8 87  Iceland (ISL)
6 1995 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 29 May – 3 June 8 684 9  Iceland (ISL)
7 1997 Reykjavík, Iceland 2–7 June 8 714 10  Iceland (ISL)
8 1999 Vaduz, Liechtenstein 24–29 May 8 566 9  Iceland (ISL)
9 2001 City of San Marino, San Marino 29 May – 2 June 8 658 11  Iceland (ISL)
10 2003 Valletta, Malta 2–7 June 8 765 10 105  Cyprus (CYP)
11 2005 Andorra la Vella, Andorra 30 May – 4 June 8 793 11 120  Cyprus (CYP)
12 2007 Monaco City, Monaco 4–9 June 8 1062 12 121  Cyprus (CYP)
13 2009 Cyprus[lower-alpha 1] 1–6 June 8 843 9 120  Cyprus (CYP)
14 2011 Liechtenstein[lower-alpha 2] 30 May – 4 June 9 750 9 113  Cyprus (CYP)
15 2013 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 27 May – 1 June 9 762 12 120  Luxembourg (LUX)
16 2015 Reykjavík, Iceland 27 May – 1 June 9 789 11 120  Iceland (ISL)
17 2017 City of San Marino, San Marino 29 May – 3 June 9 889 11 131  Luxembourg (LUX)
18 2019 Budva, Montenegro[3][4][5] 27 May – 1 June 9 846 10 113  Luxembourg (LUX)
19 2021 Andorra la Vella, Andorra[6] Future event
20 2023 Valletta, Malta[7] Future event
21 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.[2]
  2. The games were held in nine different municipalities of Liechtenstein.

List of sporting disciplines

Some sports consist of multiple disciplines. Disciplines from the same sport are grouped under the same color:

     Aquatics     Basketball     Cycling     Gymnastics     Volleyball

Sport (Discipline) Body 85 87 89 91 93 95 97 99 01 03 05 07 09 11 13 15 17 19 21
 
Current summer sports
 
Swimming (records) LEN
Synchronized swimming
 
3-on-3 basketball FIBAE
Basketball
 
Mountain biking UEC
Road cycling
 
Artistic UEG
Rhythmic
 
Bech volleyball CEV
Volleyball
 
Archery WAE
Athletics (records) EAA
Boules CMSB
Golf EGA
Sailing EUROSAF
Judo EJU
KarateEKF
Squash ESF
Shooting ESF
Table tennis ETTU
Taekwondo ETU
Tennis TE
Weightlifting EWF
Sport (Discipline) Body 85 87 89 91 93 95 97 99 01 03 05 07 09 11 13 15 17 19 21

    All-time medal table

    As of the 2019 Games of the Small States of Europe.
    RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
    1 Iceland (ISL)4983803811259
    2 Cyprus (CYP)4894253691283
    3 Luxembourg (LUX)3953983701163
    4 Monaco (MON)134161240535
    5 Malta (MLT)73144202419
    6 Liechtenstein (LIE)7378100251
    7 San Marino (SMR)62113148323
    8 Montenegro (MNE)501838106
    9 Andorra (AND)4893129270
    Totals (9 nations)1822181019775609
    • Cyprus was wrongfully credited 16 bronze medals at "Montenegro 2019" according to the website's medal table, but in fact Cyprus won 15 bronze, since shot put athlete Styliana Kyriakidou did finish third in her event, but with only three competitors taking place, only gold and silver were awarded. This brings Cyprus total bronze tally after the 2019 edition to 369 medals and not 370.

    References

    1. "Athletica Vaticana in Montenegro for Games of Small States of Europe". zenit.org. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
    2. "Venues". Cyprus Olympic Committee. XIII Games of the Small States of Europe - Cyprus 2009.
    3. "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.
    4. 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.
    5. "Montenegro to host 2019 edition". Times of Malta. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
    6. "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.
    7. "Malta to host Games of the Small States of Europe in 2023". Malta National Olympic Committee.

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