Major achievements in handball by nation
This is a list of countries according to the best position achieved by teams from these nations at major Handball and Beach Handball tournaments sanctioned by the International Handball Federation.
- Results achieved in youth and junior competitions were not considered for the making of this table, neither were club tournaments.
- Medals earned by athletes from defunct NOCs or historical teams have been merged with the results achieved by their immediate successor states, as follows: Russia inherits medals from the Soviet Union and the Unified Team; Serbia inherits medals from Yugoslavia; Czech Republic inherits medals from Czechoslovakia; and Germany inherits medals from East Germany.
- The table is pre-sorted by total number of first place results, second place results and third place results, respectively. When equal ranks are given, countries are listed in alphabetical order.