Games of the Small States of Europe
Logo of the event
GenreMultisport competitions
Location(s)International
Inaugurated1985 (1985)
Previous event2023
Next event2025
Organised byEuropean Olympic Committees
Websitewww.eocgsse.org
Member countries excluding Vatican City

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 ten 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.

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 admitted 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). The participating countries are:

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

The Faroe Islands are also seeking to compete at the Games;[1] 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.

Editions

No. Year Host City Host Nation Dates Nations Compet­itors Sports Events Champions
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 468 9 66
3 1989 Nicosia  Cyprus 17–20 May 675 8 75  Cyprus (CYP)
4 1991 Andorra la Vella  Andorra 21–25 May 697 8 82  Iceland (ISL)
5 1993 Valletta  Malta 25–29 May 690 8 87
6 1995 Luxembourg City  Luxembourg 29 May – 3 June 684 9 88
7 1997 Reykjavík  Iceland 2–7 June 714 10 87
8 1999 Vaduz  Liechtenstein 24–29 May 566 9 86
9 2001 City of San Marino  San Marino 29 May – 2 June 658 11 101
10 2003 Valletta  Malta 2–7 June 765 10 105  Cyprus (CYP)
11 2005 Andorra la Vella  Andorra 30 May – 4 June 793 11 120
12 2007 Monaco City  Monaco 4–9 June 1062 12 121
13 2009 Various[a]  Cyprus 1–6 June 843 9 120
14 2011 Various[b]  Liechtenstein 30 May – 4 June 9 750 9 113
15 2013 Luxembourg City  Luxembourg 27 May – 1 June 762 12 120  Luxembourg (LUX)
16 2015 Reykjavík  Iceland 27 May – 1 June 789 11 120  Iceland (ISL)
17 2017 City of San Marino  San Marino 29 May – 3 June 889 11 131  Luxembourg (LUX)
18 2019 Budva  Montenegro[3][4][5] 27 May – 1 June 846 10 113
19 2021 Andorra la Vella  Andorra Cancelled to avoid scheduling conflict with the rescheduled 2020 Summer Olympics
19 2023 Various  Malta[6] 28 May – 3 June 9 835 10 125  Malta (MLT)
20 2025 Andorra la Vella  Andorra Future event
21 2027 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
  The planned Games of 2021 were cancelled due to the rescheduling of the 2020 Summer Olympics

Sport (Discipline) Body 85 87 89 91 93 95 97 99 01 03 05 07 09 11 13 15 17 19 21 23
 
 
Swimming (records) LEN
Synchronized swimming
 
3-on-3 basketball FIBAE
Basketball
 
Mountain biking UEC
Road cycling
 
Artistic UEG
Rhythmic
 
Beach volleyball CEV
Volleyball
 
Archery WAE
Athletics (records) EAA
Boules CMSB
Golf EGA
Sailing EUROSAF
Judo EJU
Karate EKF
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 23

All-time medal table

As of the 2023 Games of the Small States of Europe.
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Cyprus (CYP)5194533981370
2 Iceland (ISL)5093934231325
3 Luxembourg (LUX)4114203981229
4 Monaco (MON)147169252568
5 Malta (MLT)111174231516
6 Liechtenstein (LIE)7580105260
7 San Marino (SMR)68122155345
8 Montenegro (MNE)552446125
9 Andorra (AND)52100139291
Totals (9 entries)1947193521476029

References

  1. ^ Nancy Gillen (26 October 2019). "Nancy Gillen: Faroe Islands continue fight for Olympic recognition at EOC General Assembly". Inside the Games. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  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. ^ "Malta to host Games of the Small States of Europe in 2023". Malta National Olympic Committee. 26 May 2018.