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The Sports Political Power Index

The Sports Confederation of Denmark, DIF, has developed The Sports Political Power Index to provide a picture of how Denmark is performing in relation to other countries, and to identify which nations DIF ought to cooperate with

The 2017 publication is the third edition of the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark’s (NOC Denmark) Sports Political Power Index, which first appeared in 2013 and again in 2015. It ranks the political influence that nations have in the field of sport. Like the 2013 and 2015 reports, NOC Denmark has again registered the executive committee members of 118 international and European sports federations.

Countries can use the digital version available below to check their ranking and their development from 2013 and forward.

The 2017 edition is based on the registration of 1,673 members from the executive committees of the 119 most important international and European sports organizations and federations.

To simplify the vast dataset the investigation is split in two – A European and an international window. In the two windows below you are able to see the 2017-ranking and also the development from 2013-2015, 2015-2017 and 2013-2017. Additionally it is possible to sort all nations’ rank by sport, continent and international/European points. Lastly one can see the ranking on a map and find the scores related to per capita and GDP. 


Download the 2017-report here.

The analysis can also be viewed in Tableau Public without the www.dif.dk framework by using these links: European / International

Comparison of European countries - use of scores from both European and international federations

This shows an analysis that can only be seen on larger units. Can be seen here via Wi-Fi.
This analysis is best seen in horizontal mode.

Note regarding the categorization of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Israel and Russia: Despite the geographic location of the mentioned countries, they have been categorized as European due to their option of having candidates elected in to European federations.

Comparison of all countries – only use of scores from international federations

This shows an analysis that can only be seen on larger units.  Can be seen here via Wi-Fi.
This analysis is best seen in horizontal mode.

Fact sheet

• Included in the analysis are executive committees in 119 of the most influential sports federations and associations. Included in the analysis are international and European federations representing an Olympic sport by October 2017 in addition to the IOC, the EOC, ANOC and members of ARISF.
• Only the highest board in each of the mentioned federations has been included. The criterion for the selection of members is their entitlement to vote resulting in 1,673 individuals.
• A weighing has been applied. The weighing involves the individuals’ status as member or president, member of a European or international federation, member of an Olympic or Non-Olympic federation, and a specific weighing for members of the IOC, EOC, ANOC, FIFA and EUFA. The 1,673 individuals have been given a score between 1 and 10 indicating the political power of their membership in each executive committee. See the employed weighing in the report. Note that the particular weighing is the authors attempt to quantify power, and it is very much open for debate.


For more info please contact Senior Policy Advisor, International Relations at DIF, Mikkel Larsen, mla@dif, +45 40 35 31 45

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