Finish line during the 2005 event in Skillingaryd
Genresporting event
Inaugurated1965 (1965)

The O-Ringen (previously called the “Swedish 5 days”) is an orienteering competition that takes place annually in different areas of Sweden. Orienteers from all over the world come to the competition. For orienteers around the world a trip to the O'ringen 5-days is their Mecca. This race attracts significant media coverage in Sweden and winning O-Ringen is often considered second only to the World Championships in prestige. The competition takes place in July, and takes place over 5 days, where every active day is a competition stage. Competitors are assigned start times for the first four stages of the race, but on the fifth and final stage a "chasing start" is used. In a chasing start the overall leader in each class starts first and the remaining competitors start according to the total time they trail. This means that the first runner over the finish line on the final stage is the winner.


The O-Ringen was started in 1965 in Denmark, Skåne and Blekinge by Peo Bengtsson and Sivar Nordstöm. 156 participants attended the first and the participation levels have steadily increased since. Up until today the highest participant level was in 1985 in Dalarna/Falun were there were 25 021 participants.

The O-Ringen was included in the World Cup orienteering series in 1998, 2007 and 2008.

In 2009 there were prize money in the Elite series, the main classes for both the men and the women, totalling to half a million kronor. The final result in the junior elite classes will count towards the Silva Junior Cup.

From 2008 multi-sport has been represented at the competition in the form of the O-Ringen Multi. The competition on the Tuesday will be a part of the Swedish Multi-sport Cup.

The O-Ringen Academy is a training program which consists of three sections; International, Leadership and Sports. The International section focuses on training orienteers from all over the world who want to learn more about orienteering in order to develop the sport in their home countries. The Leadership section is a leadership training course in the form of seminars and speeches. The Sports section is more concerned with the physical side with training camps of different sorts, including a week for juniors before the O-Ringen.



Year Location(s) Number of contestants[1] Ladies winner[2] Men's winner[3]
1965 Skåne, Blekinge, Denmark 156 Sweden Inga-Britt Bengtsson Sweden Nils Bohman
1966 Småland (4), Västergötland 672 Sweden Kerstin Granstedt Finland Juhani Salmenkylä
1967 Motala 1,910 Sweden Ulla Lindkvist Sweden Kalle Johansson
1968 Borås 3,250 Sweden Ulla Lindkvist Norway Åge Hadler
1969 Rommehed 5,355 Sweden Ulla Lindkvist Sweden Stefan Green
1970 Kristianstad 6,378 Sweden Ulla Lindkvist Sweden Bernt Frilén
1971 Malmköping 8,627 Sweden Ulla Lindkvist Sweden Hans Aurell
1972 Eksjö 8,253 Sweden Ulla Lindkvist Sweden Hans Aurell
1973 Rättvik 10,449 Sweden Ulla Lindkvist Sweden Bengt Gustafsson
1974 Kristianstad 10,196 Sweden Ulla Lindkvist Sweden Ernst Jönsson
1975 Haninge 9,322 Sweden Anne Lundmark Finland Matti Mäkinen
1976 Ransäter 14,843 Hungary Sarolta Monspart Sweden Gert Pettersson
1977 Visby 7,186 Finland Liisa Veijalainen Norway Sigurd Dæhli
1978 Skara 15,148 Finland Liisa Veijalainen Sweden Kjell Lauri
1979 Örebro 15,842 Sweden Britt-Marie Karlsson Sweden Lars-Henrik Undeland
1980 Uppsala 15,142 Finland Liisa Veijalainen Sweden Lars Lönnkvist
1981 Mohed 18,983 Sweden Annichen Kringstad Sweden Jörgen Mårtensson
1982 Luleå 13,631 Sweden Annichen Kringstad Sweden Lars Lönnkvist
1983 Anderstorp 22,498 Sweden Annichen Kringstad Sweden Håkan Eriksson
1984 Bräkne-Hoby 16,123 Sweden Karin Gunnarsson Sweden Kent Olsson
1985 Falun 25,021 Sweden Annichen Kringstad Sweden Joakim Ingelsson
1986 Borås 17,353 Sweden Annichen Kringstad Sweden Anders Erik Olsson
1987 Norrköping 16,216 Sweden Katarina Borg Sweden Lars Lönnkvist
1988 Sundsvall 16,413 Sweden Barbro Lönnkvist Sweden Lars Lönnkvist
1989 Östersund 17,818 Sweden Barbro Lönnkvist Sweden Niklas Löwegren
1990 Gothenburg 20,172 Norway Ragnhild Bente Andersen Sweden Per Ek
1991 Arboga 16,581 Sweden Arja Hannus Sweden Håkan Eriksson
1992 Södertälje 17,806 Sweden Gunilla Svärd Denmark Allan Mogensen
1993 Falkenberg 15,006 Sweden Annika Zell Norway Petter Thoresen
1994 Örnsköldsvik 14,414 Sweden Katarina Borg Norway Petter Thoresen
1995 Hässleholm 14,304 Finland Eija Koskivaara Sweden Jörgen Olsson
1996 Karlstad 17,007 Sweden Annika Zell Sweden Jörgen Mårtensson
1997 Umeå 11,179 Sweden Katarina Borg Sweden Jörgen Mårtensson
1998 Gävle 13,249 Norway Hanne Staff Sweden Johan Ivarsson
1999 Borlänge 15,238 Sweden Jenny Johansson Sweden Fredrik Löwegren
2000 Hallsberg 13,740 Norway Hanne Staff Sweden Jimmy Birklin
2001 Märsta 12,525 Sweden Marlena Jansson Sweden Johan Ivarsson
2002 Skövde 14,651 Switzerland Simone Niggli-Luder Finland Mats Haldin
2003 Uddevalla 14,998 United Kingdom Heather Monro Finland Mats Haldin
2004 Gothenburg 13,259 Sweden Jenny Johansson Russia Valentin Novikov
2005 Skillingaryd 12,657 Sweden Emma Engstrand Sweden Emil Wingstedt
2006 Mohed 13,500 Switzerland Simone Niggli-Luder Lithuania Simonas Krepsta
2007 Mjölby 14,300 Switzerland Simone Niggli-Luder Norway Anders Nordberg
2008 Sälen 24,375 Norway Anne Margrethe Hausken Finland Tero Föhr
2009 Eksjö 15,589 Sweden Helena Jansson Sweden Martin Johansson
2010 Örebro 16,069 Switzerland Simone Niggli-Luder Sweden David Andersson
2011 Mohed 12,939 Sweden Tove Alexandersson Sweden Erik Rost
2012 Halmstad 21,172 Russia Tatiana Ryabkina Norway Olav Lundanes
2013 Boden 12,907 Sweden Tove Alexandersson France Thierry Gueorgiou
2014 Kristianstad 23,088 Sweden Tove Alexandersson France Thierry Gueorgiou
2015 Borås 18,058 Norway Anne Margrethe Hausken Sweden William Lind
2016 Sälen 24,313 Sweden Tove Alexandersson France Thierry Gueorgiou
2017 Arvika 15,127 Sweden Tove Alexandersson Sweden William Lind
2018 Örnsköldsvik 17,171 Switzerland Simone Niggli-Luder Norway Magne Daehli
2019 Norrköping 21,171 Sweden Tove Alexandersson Ukraine Ruslan Glebov
2020 Postponed to 2021
2021 Postponed to 2022
2022 Uppsala 20,271[4] Sweden Sara Hagström Sweden Gustav Bergman
2023 Åre
2024 Oskarshamn
2025 Jönköping

See also


  1. ^ "O-Ringens historia - O-Ringen". www.oringen.se (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2019-07-03. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  2. ^ "Vinnare Damklassen". Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Vinnare herrklassen". Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Tidigare O-ringen". Retrieved 20 July 2023.