Which Country has Hosted a Summer Olympics

Iris | 01 - 25 - 2024

The Olympics have evolved over the decades since the first modern Olympics were conducted in 1896. Hosting the Olympic games is considered a pride for many countries. It does cost a lot to host a world-class event like this. Olympic games were introduced during the 5th century in Olympia, Greece. Eventually, it became one of the most famous international sporting events. From ordinary people to hard-core fans, people cheer for athletes to win medals for their countries. People enjoy watching nail-biting sports games and want their country to break the previous records in every Olympic event. Which country has hosted a summer Olympics? Australia, Greece, France, Japan, US, Greece, and the United Kingdom are the countries that hosted the summer Olympics. 

In this blog, let’s find out more about the summer and winter games hosting countries. 

Countries Hosting Summer Olympics

Are you eager to know which country has hosted a Summer Olympics multiple times? From the US to Japan, several countries come under the list. 

When was the Olympics game introduced?
  • A. 10th century
  • B. 5th century
  • C. 18th century
  • D. 15th century

The US Hosted Olympics: 8 Times

The US

The United States claims to have hosted the highest number of Olympic games. It has bid to host the Olympic games 55 times. The United States has hosted the Olympic Games including the Summer and Winter Games eight times. The country hosted the Summer Olympics four times in various cities. 

The hosted cities are:

  • 1904 – Summer Olympics-St Louis
  • 1932 – Winter Olympics-Lake Placid, New York
  • 1932 – Summer Olympics-Los Angeles
  • 1960 – Winter Olympics-Squaw Valley, California
  • 1980 – Winter Olympics-Lake Placid, New York
  • 1984 – Summer Olympics-Los Angeles
  • 1996 – Summer Olympics-Atlanta
  • 2002 – Winter Olympics-Salt Lake City

The 2028 Summer Olympics will be scheduled in Los Angeles, California in the US. So far, the US has won the most number of medals in the Olympics. Check these US medal winners and their history in the Olympics. 

United Kingdom: 3 Times

United Kingdom

Apart from the US, the United Kingdom is another Summer Olympics host nation. London, United Kingdom became the first city to host the Olympic Modern Games thrice in 1908, 1948, and 2012. In 1948, the Summer Olympics returned to Great Britain. The most recent one happened in London (2012). 

France: 3 Times


France became the other country to host the Olympics two times. Both the Summer Olympics were held in Paris, France. Also, the 2024 Summer Olympics will take place in Paris again making it the third time. Given below are the two Summer Olympics held in Paris: 

  • 1900 Summer Olympics
  • 1924 Summer Olympics

Australia: 2 Times


In Australia, the Olympic Games were held twice. It was first held in Melbourne in 1956. Later, it was held in Sydney in 2000. Australia will host the Summer Olympics for the third time in Brisbane in 2032. 

Germany: 2 Times


Germany has hosted the Summer Olympics twice. In 1936, the Summer Olympic Games were held in Berlin. Later in 1972, it was hosted in Munich.

Greece: 2 Times


Greece has hosted the Summer Olympics in 1896 and 2004. Both games were held in Athens. Along with Los Angeles and Paris, Athens has hosted the Olympics twice.

Japan: 2 Times


The Olympic Games were held in Japan in 1964 and 2021. Both these games were organized in Tokyo, Japan. 

Which City Hosted the Most Olympics?

Which City Hosted the Most Olympics

London holds the record for hosting most Olympic Games compared to other cities. It hosted the event in 1908, 1948, and 2012.

Countries That Organized Summer Olympics Once

Countries That Organized Summer Olympics Once

Which nations held the Summer Olympics once? Various countries hosted the Summer Olympics only once. The one-time Summer Olympics host cities are specified below: 

  • Belgium (1920-Antwerp)
  • Canada (1976-Montreal)
  • China (2008-Beijing)
  • Brazil (2016 Rio de Janeiro)
  • Finland (1952-Helsinki)
  • Mexico (1968-Mexico City)
  • Italy (1960-Rome)
  • The Netherlands (1928-Amsterdam)
  • Spain (1992-Barcelona)
  • Russia (1980-Moscow)
  • Sweden (1912-Stockholm) 
  • South Korea (1988-Seoul)

Do you know the weird and quirky sports in the Olympics? Look at these unusual Olympic sports of all time.

List Of Olympic Host Cities 

What do Paris, Tokyo, London, and Los Angeles have in common? They all hosted the Summer Olympics. However, there are some other countries like Africa still need to play host. These games can improve the local economy, the country’s statistics, and tourism. Here is the list of cities that have hosted the Summer Olympics. 

  • Athens
  • Paris
  • Stockholm 
  • London 
  • Los Angeles 
  • Melbourne
  • Rome
  • Tokyo
  • Mexico City
  • Munich
  • Montreal
  • Moscow
  • Barcelona
  • Atlanta
  • Sydney
  • Beijing

Recent Summer Olympics Host nations

Recent Summer Olympics Host nations

The Special Olympics World Summer Games 2023 was held in Berlin, Germany. Thousands of fans, athletes, coaches, and families gathered in the historical city to view different sports. 

Everyone was able to experience new and different cultures while meeting various people. 

The Summer Olympics of 2024 will be hosted in Paris from July to August. This is the third time Paris will host the Olympics after 1900 and 1924. There will be 32 sports events in total and various countries will participate in this game. ‘Made for sharing’ is the motto of the Summer Olympics 2024. Here are the top five things to know about the Paris 2024 Olympics game. 

Hope you have an idea about the countries that hosted the Summer Olympics in the past years. Plan your next summer Olympics in Paris and experience the fun of watching the game live.

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