Countries With the Most Metal Bands Per Capita (2016)

This is a list about the highest density of metalbands per people. The datas from are from 2012 and not that accurate to make a list, so I recollected newer data from sites like the Metal Archives.

Some Infos:
I left out tiny countries with less than 100000 inhabitants, because 1 band more or less would affect the ranking dramatically and the metal archives are not that precise, I assume.
Probably Liechtenstein would be rank 4-5 after or before Norway, and Monaco would be between Greece and Denmark.

Furthermore, here are the contenders (the metal bands/capita-ratios are very close, though):
11. Austria
12. Germany
13. Czech Republic
14. Slovenia
15. Portugal
16. Switzerland
17. Hungary
18. Belgium
19. Chile
20. Italy
21. Slovakia
22. Canada
23. Croatia
24. Australia
25. Poland
26. USA
27. New Zealand
28. France
29. United Kingdom
30. Spain
Source:, Created on 3/21/2016
The Top Ten
1 Finland Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a sovereign state in Europe. It has a capital of Helsinki and got independence from the Soviet Union after WWI.

Finland is the number one with around 3400 metal bands per 5,5 million people living there! The metal scene is quite established here and many are internationally well known.

Finnish Metal is most popular for their Power Metal, Melodic Death Metal and Folk Metal.

Some of the best known bands are: Children Of Bodom, Nightwish, Wintersun, Ensiferum, Insomnium, Lordi, Kalmah, Finntroll, Sonata Arctica, Amorphis, Demigod, Stratovarius, Korpiklaani, Omnium Gatherum, Ghost Brigade, Swallow the Sun, Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Sinergy and Apocalyptica...

I love this list and I'm not surprised Finland is at #1! I wrote somewhere that probably 50% of the Finns are in metal bands and the other 50% are metal fans. Of course it was a joke but it wasn't far from the truth.
I would like to point out that Finland has a very high living standard and has been often the #1 best country to live in, according to different objective indicators. I don't think these indicators included the great metal scene though, haha.

Best countries ever. Love all nordic countries from chile.

2 Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. more.

Sweden is number 2 with around 4080 metal bands and 9,8 million people. Like in Finland the metal scene is well established and internationally appreciated.

Swedish Metal is most popular for... well, you guessed it: Melodic Death Metal. Other styles are also prominent here, but not as Melodic Death Metal.

Some of the best known bands are: Opeth, At The Gates, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Meshuggah, Dissection, Dismember, Bathory, Entombed, Watain, Hypocrisy, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, HammerFall, Therion and General Surgery.

This list proves one of my personal observations on metal music: metal is popular in the developed countries. Metal isn't popular in Africa. Metal isn't popular in the Southern states of the US - there you have blues, and so on.

Scandinavian countries have well developed societies and well developed metal scenes at the same time. I don't think this is a coincidence.

3 Iceland Iceland, also called the Republic of Iceland, is a Nordic island country between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean.

This is a very small country with around 330.000 people. Still they have slightly more than 100 metal bands, which puts them on number 3 of metal bands per capita.

I'm not so informed about Icelandic Metal, so I can't tell you much about it, but I heard bands like: Zhrine, Sólstafir, Svartidaudi, Severed Crotch and Wormlust are well received.

4 Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard. more.

Norway is number 4 with around 5,2 million people and 1500 metal bands. The metal scene here is also quite established, but more in the Black Metal direction.

Some of the best known bands are: Dimmu Borgir, Burzum, Mayhem, Emperor, Darkthrone, Enslaved, Immortal, Gorgoroth, Ulver, Satyricon, Wardruna, Sirenia and Funeral
(except Funeral, Sirenia and Wardruna all of those are Black Metal though...)

5 Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, also known since ancient times as Hellas is a country located in southeastern Europe.

Now we come to countries, where metal isn't THAT well established like 1-4, but still have a big scene. Greece has nearly 11 million inhabitants and around 1770 metal bands.

Some of the best known bands are: Septic Flesh, SlavEatGod, Nightrage, Rotting Christ and Nightfall

6 Denmark Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Europe. The southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany.

Denmark has around 860 metal bands and 5,8 million people living there. (5,7 million people if we do not count the Faroe Islands and Greenland, but that won't change the ranking.)

Some of the best known bands are: Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Illdisposed, Týr and Volbeat

Artillery anyone? They’re from Denmark.

7 Estonia

Estonia is a rather small country and has about 1,3 million inhabitants & 180 bands, but I never heard of any band from there. Surely there is a big metal fan base though..

After some research I found some bands, which are merely known in the underground scene:
Metsatöll, Paean, Talbot, Herald

8 Luxembourg Luxembourg, officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a landlocked country in western Europe. It is bordered by Belgium to the west and north, Germany to the east, and France to the south. Its capital, Luxembourg City, is one of the four official capitals of the European Union (together with Brussels, more.

Luxembourg is a small country with around 563000 people there and 80 metal bands. There are definitely not much, but still some decent bands.

I don't know much about metal from Luxembourg, but these seem to be well received:
Scarred, Scarlet Anger, Abstract Rapture, Funerarium

9 Malta Malta, officially known as the Republic of Malta, is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea.

Malta is also a very small country with around 445000 inhabitants and 60 metal bands.

Some recognized bands are: Beheaded, Abysmal Torment, Weeping Silence, Slit

10 Netherlands

The Netherlands have around 17 million people and 2100 metal bands. Since the country is bigger the metal scene is also bigger, while the country isn't ranked that high here.

Some of the better known bands are: Epica, Pestilence, Within Temptation, After Forever, Delain, The Gathering, Sinister, God Dethroned, Gorefest, Legion of the Damned, The Monolith Deathcult and Heidevolk