World Women's Handball Championship

The International Handball Federation (IHF) has arranged the World Women's Handball Championship since 1957. Throughout its history, the championship has been heavily dominated by European teams and a vast majority of the medalists are teams from northern and eastern Europe. In 1990, South Korea became the first non-European host, followed by China in 2009 and Brazil in 2011.

Year

Host Country

Gold medal game

Bronze medal game

Gold

Score

Silver

Bronze

Score

Fourth place

1957


Yugoslavia


Czechoslovakia

7 - 1


Hungary


Yugoslavia

9 - 6


West Germany

1962


Romania


Romania

8 - 5


Denmark


Czechoslovakia

6 - 5


Yugoslavia

1965


West Germany


Hungary

5 - 3


Yugoslavia


West Germany

11 - 10


Czechoslovakia

1971


Netherlands


East Germany

11 - 8


Yugoslavia


Hungary

12 - 11


Romania

1973


Yugoslavia


Yugoslavia

16 - 11


Romania


Soviet Union

20 - 12


Hungary

1975


Soviet Union


East Germany

no final


Soviet Union


Hungary

no 3rd place playoff


Romania

1978


Czechoslovakia


East Germany

no final


Soviet Union


Hungary

no 3rd place playoff


Czechoslovakia

1982


Hungary


Soviet Union

no final


Hungary


Yugoslavia

no 3rd place playoff


East Germany

1986


Netherlands


Soviet Union

30 - 22


Czechoslovakia


Norway

23 - 19


East Germany

1990


South Korea


Soviet Union

24 - 22


Yugoslavia


East Germany

25 - 19


West Germany

1993


Norway


Germany

22 - 21
OT


Denmark


Norway

20 - 19


Romania

1995


Austria / Hungary


South Korea

25 - 20


Hungary


Denmark

25 - 24


Norway

1997


Germany


Denmark

33 - 20


Norway


Germany

27 - 25


Russia

1999


Denmark / Norway


Norway

25 - 24
2OT


France


Austria

31 - 28
OT


Romania

2001


Italy


Russia

30 - 25


Norway


Yugoslavia

42 - 40


Denmark

2003


Croatia


France

32 - 29
OT


Hungary


South Korea

31 - 29


Ukraine

2005


Russia


Russia

28 - 23


Romania


Hungary

27 - 24


Denmark

2007


France


Russia

29 - 24


Norway


Germany

36 - 35
OT


Romania

2009


China


Russia

25 - 22


France


Norway

31 - 26


Spain

Medal count for the World Women's Handball Championship (1957-2009)

Overall medal count

Rank

Nation

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

1

Russia*

7

2

1

10

2

Germany**

4

0

4

8

3

Hungary

1

4

4

9

4

Serbia***

1

3

3

7

Norway

1

3

3

7

6

Denmark

1

2

1

4

7

France

1

2

0

3

Romania

1

2

0

3

9

Czech Republic****

1

1

1

3

10

South Korea

1

0

1

2

11

Austria

0

0

1

1

* IHF considers Russia as the inheritor of the records of Soviet Union
** IHF considers Germany as the inheritor of the records of East Germany and West Germany
*** IHF considers Serbia as the inheritor of the records of SFR Yugoslavia, FR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro
**** IHF considers Czech Republic as the inheritor of the records of Czechoslovakia