1952 Summer Olympics

Games of the XV Olympiad, in Helsinki, Finland

The 1952 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XV Olympiad, were held at Helsinki in Finland.[2]

Games of the XV Olympiad
Host cityHelsinki, Finland
Athletes4,955 (4,436 men, 519 women)
Events149 in 17 sports (23 disciplines)
Opening19 July
Closing3 August
Opened by
StadiumHelsingin Olympiastadion
London 1948 Melbourne 1956
Oslo 1952 Cortina 1956

Helsinki was chosen as the host city over Amsterdam, Athens, Lausanne, and Stockholm and five American cities: Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Philadelphia. Helsinki had been given the 1940 Summer Olympics, but they were cancelled because of World War II.

Participating nations


A total of 69 nations sent athletes to compete at the Helsinki games.[3]



  1. 1.0 1.1 "Factsheet – Opening Ceremony of the Games of the Olympiad" (PDF) (Press release). International Olympic Committee. September 13, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 14, 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  2. Sports Reference.com (SR/Olympics), "1952 Helsinki Summer Games" Archived 2008-09-06 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-7-23.
  3. Taking part in the games for the first time were The Bahamas, Gold Coast (now Ghana), Guatemala, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Netherlands Antilles, Nigeria, Saar, the Soviet Union (USSR), Thailand, and Vietnam.

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