Top 10 European Countries with the Most Metal Bands

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In recent times, a map of Europe has gone viral with the number of musical metal bands per one million inhabitants, revealing that Finland has the highest number of them.

Many have attempted to find correlations with other metrics, and Barack Obama once said:
“I want to note that in Finland, there may be the highest number of heavy metal bands per capita. It also demonstrates high scores in country governance quality rankings. I don’t know if there’s any connection here.”
It’s difficult to say whether there is or not, but no one prohibits building such ratings and admiring female soloists. So, here’s the Top 10 Countries with the highest number of metal bands. Please note that in countries where the population is less than a million people, the actual number of bands is even lower than in the ranking, due to the peculiarity of per capita values.
1Finland, 630
Finland Nightwish
In Finland, with a population of 5.5 million, this means approximately 3465 bands including Nightwish, Children of Bodom, Apocalyptica, Ensiferum.
2Iceland, 341
Iceland Misthyrming
Iceland’s population is only 347 thousand, meaning the absolute number of bands is lower than estimated, around 118, including Misthyrming, HAM, The Vintage Caravan.
3Sweden, 428
Sweden Dark Tranquility
Sweden is inhabited by 10.3 million people and the total number of “metal bands” is 4408. In Flames, Meshuggah, Dark Tranquility, Morbid, and others.
4Norway, 299
Norway Immortal
Norway has a population of 5.3 million people – 1584 collectives. Darkthrone, Immortal, Mayhem, Satyricon…
5Greece, 162
Greece Rotting Christ
Greece, with a population of 10.7 million people, has 1733 groups. Rotting Christ, Necromantia, Macabre Omen…
6Denmark, 154
Denmark Evil Masquerade
Denmark has a population of 5.8 million people, meaning the total number of groups is 893. This includes, for example, Altar of Oblivion, Evil Masquerade, Mercyful Fate.
7Belgium, 144
Belgium Ancient Rites
Belgium has 11.4 million people and 1641 collectives. Channel Zero, Ancient Rites, Lemuria, Double Diamond, Oceans of Sadness
8Estonia, 138
Estonia Tharaphita
Estonia, with 1.3 million people, has 179 “rockers”. Metsatöll, Loits, Tharaphita, Human Ground, Manatark
9Netherlands, 127
Netherlands Phlebotomized
Netherlands has a population of 17.3 million people – 2197 groups. Mandator, Pestilence, Phlebotomized, The Gathering.
10Austria, 124
Austria, with 8.9 million people, has 1103 collectives. Summoning, Edenbridge, Visions of Atlantis, Hollenthon.

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