At the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan, more than a quarter of the 93 winning states were small ones.
The 25 countries and territories bagged 113 medals — about a third of the total tally of 340 medals awarded at the games, which had been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic until 2021.
The disproportionately large haul of medals signifies that small states punch above their weight. This is just one of the achievements by small states highlighted in Small States in a Big World: Size Is Not Destiny.
The collection of 40 essays shows that despite their sizes, small states can play
to their strengths and be successful in many aspects, including contributions to the world order and global security, economics, innovation, aviation, as well as sustainable and human development.
The essays are penned by 46 writers from 29 countries, all of which are members of the Forum of Small States (FOSS), each with a population of below 10 million. Its membership has grown from only 16 in 1992, when it was established by Singapore, to 108 in 2022, which marks its 30th anniversary. Its members make up more than half the United Nations membership, gaining strength in numbers.