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This is the order of countries marching at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony

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The Czech Republic at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
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South Korea spent 116 billion won ($109 million) on an Olympic stadium that will be used precisely four times before it is torn down. The first of these events will be for the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

Nearly 3,000 athletes from 92 countries and territories will march into the newly built Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium on Feb. 9 to kick off the winter games. This will be the largest number of athletes in the history of the Winter Olympics, despite the fact that Russia, a powerhouse in the winter games, is not officially competing as a result of a state-sponsored doping scandal. (That said, 169 Russian athletes with no history of doping have been cleared to compete neutrally under the Olympic flag and the designation “Olympic Athletes from Russia.”)

While opening ceremonies can run over three hours, a big highlight of the show is the parade of nations. The procession has its roots in the 1908 London games, and in 1928, at the Amsterdam games, three rules were established to determine the order of the countries:

  • the unified Korean flag.
  • The remaining countries are ordered alphabetically in the language of the host nation. In the case of the Pyeongchang games, that will be Korean.

The last rule will give some unexpected places an opportunity to stand out. Ghana, for example, will be the first country in the lineup after Greece, and Hong Kong will have the penultimate appearance before the Korean delegation comes out.

In terms of scale, the US will have the biggest showing with 242 athletes, followed by Canada with 226 athletes, and Switzerland with 171 athletes.

When asked for an official list, a representative from the Pyeongchang Olympics organizing committee did not provide one but confirmed there will be 91 nations in the parade (one less than the total number of nations and territories represented because of the unified Korean delegation) presented in Korean alphabetical order. The opening ceremony will commence today (Feb. 9) at 8pm local time, which is 11am in the UK and 6am in New York.

Here’s the full list and their order:

PositionCountryCountry name in Korean
1Greece그리스
2Ghana가나
3The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia구유고슬라비아 마케도니아 공화국
4Nigeria나이지리아
5South Africa남아프리카 공화국
6Netherlands네덜란드
7Norway노르웨이
8New Zealand뉴질랜드
9Denmark덴마크
10Germany독일
11Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste동티모르
12Latvia라트비아
13Olympic Athletes from Russia러시아 출신 올림픽 선수
14Lebanon레바논
15Romania루마니아
16Luxembourg룩셈부르크
17Lithuania리투아니아
18Liechtenstein리히텐슈타인
19Madagascar마다가스카르
20Malaysia말레이시아
21Mexico멕시코
22Monaco모나코
23Morocco모로코
24Montenegro몬테네그로
25Republic of Moldova몰도바
26Malta몰타
27Mongolia몽골
28United States of America미국
29Bermuda버뮤다
30Belgium벨기에
31Belarus벨라루스
32Bosnia and Herzegovina보스니아 헤르체고비나
33Bolivia볼리비아
34Bulgaria불가리아
35Brazil브라질
36San Marino산마리노
37Serbia세르비아
38Sweden스웨덴
39Switzerland스위스
40Spain스페인
41Slovakia슬로바키아
42Slovenia슬로베니아
43Singapore싱가포르
44Armenia아르메니아
45Argentina아르헨티나
46Iceland아이슬란드
47Ireland아일랜드
48Azerbaijan아제르바이잔
49Andorra안도라
50Albania알바니아
51Eritrea에리트레아
52Estonia에스토니아
53Ecuador에콰도르
54Great Britain영국
55Australia오스트레일리아
56Austria오스트리아
57Uzbekistan우즈베키스탄
58Ukraine우크라이나
59Islamic Republic of Iran이란
60Israel이스라엘
61Italy이탈리아
62India인도
63Japan일본
64Jamaica자메이카
65Georgia조지아
66People’s Republic of China중국
67Chinese Taipei차이니스 타이베이
68Czech Republic체코
69Chile칠레
70Kazakhstan카자흐스탄
71Canada캐나다
72Kenya케냐
73Kosovo코소보
74Colombia콜롬비아
75Croatia크로아티아
76Kyrgyzstan키르기스스탄
77Cyprus키프로스
78Thailand태국
79Turkey터키
80Togo토고
81Tonga통가
82Pakistan파키스탄
83Portugal포르투갈
84Poland폴란드
85Puerto Rico푸에르토리코
86France프랑스
87Finland핀란드
88Philippines필리핀
89Hungary헝가리
90Hong Kong, China홍콩
91Korea코리아

Update, Feb. 13: There were some variations in the final marching order, from the alphabetical list predicted by Quartz, possibly to accommodate certain diplomatic sensitivities. The Republic of Macedonia, which our list shows in the third spot, came in after France and before Finland. The athletes from Russia entered after Austria, and not after Latvia. Taiwan, which competes as Chinese Taipei, entered after Cyprus, and not after China. Iran and Israel were separated by Italy.

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