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 Nordic country in Northern Europe. It shares land borders with Sweden to the northwest, Norway to the north, and Russia to the east, with the Gulf of Bothnia to the west and the Gulf of Finland across Estonia to the south. Finland covers an area of 338,455 more.

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 is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean and the most sparsely populated country in Europe. Iceland's capital and largest city is Reykjavík, which (along with its surrounding areas) is home to over 65% of the population. Iceland is the only part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that more.

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, is a country in Southeast Europe. It is situated on the southern tip of the Balkans, and is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Greece shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, North Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey more.

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 Nordic country in Northern Europe. It is the most populous and politically central constituent of the Kingdom of Denmark, a constitutionally unitary state that includes the autonomous territories of the Faroe Islands and Greenland in the North Atlantic Ocean. European Denmark is the southernmost more.

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

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, informally Holland, is a country located in north-western Europe with overseas territories in the Caribbean. It is the largest of four constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands consists of twelve provinces, and borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the more.

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