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History of the Games:
1985 | 1987 | 1989 | 1991 | 1993 | 1995 | 1997 | 1999 | 2001 | 2003 | 2005 | 2007

GSSE AT-A-GLANCE (click on host countries for more details)
Ed. Year Host Nation Dates Nations Athletes Sports Events
I 1985 San Marino 23.05-26.05 8 222 7 49
II 1987 Monaco 14.05-17.05 8 468 9 60
III 1989 Cyprus 17.05-20.05 8 675 8 75
IV 1991 Andorra 21.05-25.05 8 697 8 82
V 1993 Malta 25.05-29.05 8 690 9 87
VI 1995 Luxembourg 29.05-03.06 8 684 9 88
VII 1997 Iceland 02.06-07.06 8 714 10 107
VIII 1999 Liechtenstein 24.05-29.05 8 566 9 79
IX 2001 San Marino 29.05-02.06 8 658 10 101
X 2003 Malta 02.06-07.06 8 765 10 105
XI 2005 Andorra 30.05-04.06 8 793 12 120
XII 2007 Monaco 04.06-09.06 8 . 12 121
XIII 2009 Cyprus 01.06-06.06 8 843 12 131
XIV 2011 Liechtenstein 30.05-04.06 . . . .
XV 2013 Luxembourg . . . . .
XVI 2015 Iceland . . . . .

The idea for a multi-sport competition amongst small states of Europe was floating around since the late 1970s, but first formally discussed at the General Assembly of the European National Olympic Committees in Athens 1981 and again at the International Olympic Congress in Baden-Baden, later the same year. There, the representatives of eight small states of Europe exchanged impressions and looked into how to organise games designed for the size of their countries.

The final decision to set up the Games of the Small States of Europe was made during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and the statutes and technical regulations were drawn up. The Games are held in accordance with the rules and regulations of the International Federations and the Olympic Charter and are sponsored by the European Olympic Committees.

The criteria were, and still remain, that a participating country must have a population of under one million and have an autonomous National Olympic Committee that is recognised by the International Olympic Committee.

The GSSE are held every two years and have included up to 12 sports. A full round of all the eight states as organisers was completed from 1985 to 1999. As of 2001 a second round of organiser began, although the order of the first round has not been strictly adhered to. San Marino, Malta, Andorra and Monaco have already staged the Games for a second time and 2009 marks the second edition for Cyprus.

ALL-TIME MEDALS TABLE
(1985-2007)

Rk Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1. Iceland 335 233 228 796
2. Cyprus 304 253 242 799
3. Luxembourg 204 251 223 678
4. Monaco 83 94 142 319
5. San Marino 47 76 85 208
6. Malta 46 85 126 257
7. Andorra 34 65 88 187
8. Liechtenstein 34 29 45 108

The GSSE began with a modest 304 athletes competing in seven sports in 1985 in San Marino, but have steadily grown throughout their 24-year history to 12 sports and an expected 900 athletes for the 2009 Games in Cyprus.

Traditionally, since the very first GSSE in San Marino, Iceland and Cyprus have vied for first place in the final medals table. Iceland dominated seven of the first eight editions, with Cyprus topping the rankings at home in 1989. But since 2003, Cyprus has been consistently at the top of the tables of the last three GSSE. Iceland dropped to third place for the first and only time in Malta 2003, but Cyprus has finished third on two occasions (1987 and 1991).

Iceland leads in the all-time Medals Table with 335 gold medals to Cyprus' 304, although Cyprus edges Iceland in the total, with 799 to 796.


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