London 2012 medals, Photo: Scanpix
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"Six Olympic medals for Sweden"

Sweden should win six medals in the London Olympics, including two gold. If you believe the economists, that is.

The American bank Goldman Sachs has studied the correlation between economic growth and Olympic success. Its report, called The Olympics and Economics 2012, is based on countries with better growth and higher incomes winning more medals than those with poor growth and lower incomes.

That points to six Swedish medals in London, compared to five medals, none gold, at the Beijing Olympics.

Not surprisingly perhaps, the forecast predicts the most medals for the United States, followed by China and Russia, with host Britain in fourth place. Among Sweden’s Nordic neighbors, Goldman Sachs says Norway will take 10 medals and Finland 5, with none for Denmark or Iceland.

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