How is medal count affected by population at the Olympics?

USA and Russia dominate the Olympic Medal tables but is that simply because they are large countries? Are there countries who get more medals per million people in their country? Yes. Check out the dashboard below:

This dashboard is being used as part of my presentation about data visualisation in the media at Future Web Forum in Moscow on 28 November where I will be speaking with John Burn Murdoch.

Click here to see a bigger version of the dashboard.

NOTE: the population figures are for 2011/2012. When you filter and search for a different Olympic year, it continues to calculate medals per millions based on the most recent data for that country.

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