European Women's Handball Championship


The European Women's Handball Championship is the official competition for senior women's national handball teams of Europe, and takes place every two years. In addition to crowning the European champions, the tournament also serves as a qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games and World Championship. As of December 2018, the only teams that have ever won the championship are Norway (eight times), Denmark (three times), Hungary, Montenegro and France (each once).

European Women's Handball Championship
Founded1994
RegionEurope (EHF)
Number of teams27 (Qualification)
16 (Final Tournament)
Current champions Norway (8th title)
Most successful team(s) Norway (8 titles)
2022 European Women's Handball Championship

History


In year 1946, the International Handball Federation was founded by eight European nations,[1] and though non-European nations competed at the World Championships, the medals had always been taken by European nations.[2] European Handball Federation is founded in 1991. At the same time (1995), the World Championship was changed from a quadrennial to a biannual event, and the European Handball Federation now began its own championship – which also acted as a regional qualifier for the World Championship.[3] The tournament will be expanded to 24 teams in 2024 to take place in Austria, Hungary and Switzerland.

Tournaments


Year Host Final Third place match Teams
Champions Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
1994
Details

Germany

Denmark
27–23
Germany

Norway
24–19
Hungary
12
1996
Details

Denmark

Denmark
25–23
Norway

Austria
30–23
Germany
12
1998
Details

Netherlands

Norway
24–16
Denmark

Hungary
30–24
Austria
12
2000
Details

Romania

Hungary
32–30 (ET)
Ukraine

Russia
21–16
Romania
12
2002
Details

Denmark

Denmark
25–22
Norway

France
27–22
Russia
16
2004
Details

Hungary

Norway
27–25
Denmark

Hungary
29–25
Russia
16
2006
Details

Sweden

Norway
27–24
Russia

France
29–25
Germany
16
2008
Details

Macedonia

Norway
34–21
Spain

Russia
24–21
Germany
16
2010
Details

Denmark / Norway

Norway
25–20
Sweden

Romania
16–15
Denmark
16
2012
Details

Serbia

Montenegro
34–31 (2ET)
Norway

Hungary
41–38 (ET)
Serbia
16
2014
Details

Croatia / Hungary

Norway
28–25
Spain

Sweden
25–23
Montenegro
16
2016
Details

Sweden

Norway
30–29
Netherlands

France
25–22
Denmark
16
2018
Details

France

France
24–21
Russia

Netherlands
24–20
Romania
16
2020
Details

Denmark

Norway
22–20
France

Croatia
25–19
Denmark
16
2022
Details

Montenegro / North Macedonia / Slovenia
16
2024
Details

Austria / Hungary / Switzerland
24
2026
Details
24
2028
Details
24

Medal table


RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Norway83112
2 Denmark3205
3 France1135
4 Hungary1034
5 Montenegro1001
6 Russia0224
7 Spain0202
8 Netherlands0112
 Sweden0112
10 Germany0101
 Ukraine0101
12 Austria0011
 Croatia0011
 Romania0011
Totals (14 nations)14141442

Statistics


Total hosts

RankNationHostsYear(s)
1 Denmark41996, 2002, 2010, 2020
2 Hungary32004, 2014, 2024
3 Sweden22006, 2016
 North Macedonia2008, 2022
6 Germany11994
 Norway2010
 Netherlands1998
 Romania2000
 Serbia2012
 Croatia2014
 France2018
 Montenegro2022
 Slovenia2022
 Austria2024
  Switzerland2024

Top scorers by tournament

The record-holder for scored goals in a single Euro Championship is Bojana Radulović, where she scored 72 goals the He scored 72 goals for Norway at the 2004 European Women's Handball Championship in Hungary.

Year Player Goals
1994 Ágnes Farkas 48
1996 Kjersti Grini 48
1998 Ausra Fridrikas 68
2000 Simona Gogîrlă 68
2002 Ágnes Farkas 58
2004 Bojana Radulović 72
2006 Nadine Krause 58
2008 Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth 51
2010 Cristina Neagu 53
2012 Katarina Bulatović 56
2014 Isabelle Gulldén 58
2016 Nora Mørk 53
2018 Katarina Krpež Slezak 50
2020 Nora Mørk 52

Best players by tournament

Year Player
1994 Not awarded
1996 Anja Andersen
1998 Trine Haltvik
2000 Beáta Siti
2002 Karin Mortensen
2004 Gro Hammerseng
2006 Gro Hammerseng
2008 Kristine Lunde
2010 Linnea Torstenson
2012 Anja Edin
2014 Isabelle Gulldén
2016 Nycke Groot
2018 Anna Vyakhireva
2020 Estelle Nze Minko

Participating nations


Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • 5th – Fifth place
  • 6th – Sixth place
  • 7th – Seventh place
  • 8th – Eighth place
  • 9th – Ninth place
  • 10th – Tenth place
  • 11th – Eleventh place
  • 12th – Twelfth place
  • 13th to 16th – Thirteenth to sixteenth place
  • Q – Qualified for upcoming tournament
  • q – may still qualify for upcoming tournament
  •    – Did not qualify
  •  •×  – Disqualified
  •  ×  – Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned
  •    – Hosts

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Nation
1994

1996

1998

2000

2002

2004

2006

2008


2010

2012


2014

2016

2018

2020



2022



2024
Participations
 Austria 9th 3rd 4th 12th 9th 10th 10th 15th Q 9
 Belarus 11th 16th 16th 12th 4
 Croatia 5th 6th 13th 7th 6th 9th 13th 13th 16th 16th 3rd 11
 Czech Republic 8th 8th 15th 12th 10th 15th 15th 7
 Denmark 1st 1st 2nd 10th 1st 2nd 11th 11th 4th 5th 8th 4th 8th 4th 14
 France 5th 3rd 11th 3rd 14th 5th 9th 5th 3rd 1st 2nd 11
 Germany 2nd 4th 6th 9th 11th 5th 4th 4th 13th 7th 10th 6th 10th 7th 14
 Hungary 3rd 10th 3rd 1st 5th 3rd 5th 8th 10th 3rd 6th 12th 7th 10th Q 15
 Iceland 15th 15th 2
 Lithuania 12th 1
 North Macedonia 8th 8th 12th 7th 16th Q 6
 Montenegro1 6th 1st 4th 13th 9th 8th Q 7
 Netherlands 10th 14th 15th 8th 7th 2nd 3rd 6th 8
 Norway 3rd 2nd 1st 6th 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 5th 1st 14
 Poland 11th 5th 8th 11th 15th 14th 14th 7
 Portugal 16th 1
 Romania 10th 5th 11th 4th 7th 7th 5th 3rd 10th 9th 5th 4th 12th 13
 Russia 6th 7th 9th 3rd 4th 4th 2nd 3rd 7th 6th 14th 7th 2nd 5th 14
 Serbia1 14th 13th 14th 4th 15th 9th 11th 13th 8
 Slovakia 12th 12th 2
 Slovenia 10th 9th 16th 16th 14th 13th 16th Q 8
 Spain 12th 13th 8th 9th 2nd 11th 11th 2nd 11th 12th 9th 11
 Sweden 7th 8th 15th 14th 6th 9th 2nd 8th 3rd 8th 6th 11th 12
  Switzerland Q 1
 Ukraine 11th 9th 7th 2nd 12th 6th 13th 10th 12th 14th 16th 11
Historical national teams
 Serbia and Montenegro1 12th 1
 FR Yugoslavia1 7th 6th 2
Total12121216161616161616161616161624
1 FR Yugoslavia competed as such until 2003 when the FRY was reconstituted as a State Union Serbia and Montenegro. Since the dissolution of the union in 2006, national teams exist for both countries.

Notes


    References


    1. History of Handball from ihf.info, retrieved 7 February 2006
    2. Medals Table – Ranking At Men's World Championships A 1938–1990 from ihf.info, retrieved 7 February 2006
    3. (in German) Handball-Bundesliga diskutiert Reduzierung auf 16 Teams, by Erik Eggers, published by Der Spiegel online, 30 January 2006
    • "Championship Guide". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 1 January 2009.