Host Nations

Since the modern Olympic Games began in 1896, there have been 26 Summer Olympic Games held in 22 separate cities. The host city is always selectd 7 years before the Games take place. It is very difficult to get picked to host the Games because so many cities want the job. The Olympic Committee looks at all the cities interested and picks the best one.

Explore this map to learn more about the host cities

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The countries that are green have hosted the Olympic Games once and those in blue have hosted the Games more than once.

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