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The Number One: No country is more efficient at taking home Olympic medals than North Korea

Not that he needs one, but North Korean Olympians have given Kim Jong Un an excuse to raise a glass of fine cognac and flash that cherubic grin.

Why? The “Hermit Kingdom” sent over 31 athletes to compete in the Olympic Games, and so far, seven of them have won medals, including golds in weightlifting and men’s gymnastics.

That might not be a huge haul when compared to perennial powerhouses like the U.S. and China, but it’s enough to make North Korea the most efficient Olympic performer this year, according to digital programmer Andy Barefoot.

Crunching the numbers, Barefoot put together an interactive graphic offering some perspective on which countries are faring the best relative to their participation.

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