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A GRAND APPEARANCE

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.
By Hailey Jo
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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:

  • Greece marches first, in honor of the fact that the Olympics has its origin in ancient Greece.
  • The host nation goes last. This year at Pyeongchang, the South and North Korean delegation will march together under 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:

1
Greece
그리스
2
Ghana
가나
3
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
구유고슬라비아 마케도니아 공화국
4
Nigeria
나이지리아
5
South Africa
남아프리카 공화국
6
Netherlands
네덜란드
7
Norway
노르웨이
8
New Zealand
뉴질랜드
9
Denmark
덴마크
10
Germany
독일
11
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
동티모르
12
Latvia
라트비아
13
Olympic Athletes from Russia
러시아 출신 올림픽 선수
14
Lebanon
레바논
15
Romania
루마니아
16
Luxembourg
룩셈부르크
17
Lithuania
리투아니아
18
Liechtenstein
리히텐슈타인
19
Madagascar
마다가스카르
20
Malaysia
말레이시아
21
Mexico
멕시코
22
Monaco
모나코
23
Morocco
모로코
24
Montenegro
몬테네그로
25
Republic of Moldova
몰도바
26
Malta
몰타
27
Mongolia
몽골
28
United States of America
미국
29
Bermuda
버뮤다
30
Belgium
벨기에
31
Belarus
벨라루스
32
Bosnia and Herzegovina
보스니아 헤르체고비나
33
Bolivia
볼리비아
34
Bulgaria
불가리아
35
Brazil
브라질
36
San Marino
산마리노
37
Serbia
세르비아
38
Sweden
스웨덴
39
Switzerland
스위스
40
Spain
스페인
41
Slovakia
슬로바키아
42
Slovenia
슬로베니아
43
Singapore
싱가포르
44
Armenia
아르메니아
45
Argentina
아르헨티나
46
Iceland
아이슬란드
47
Ireland
아일랜드
48
Azerbaijan
아제르바이잔
49
Andorra
안도라
50
Albania
알바니아
51
Eritrea
에리트레아
52
Estonia
에스토니아
53
Ecuador
에콰도르
54
Great Britain
영국
55
Australia
오스트레일리아
56
Austria
오스트리아
57
Uzbekistan
우즈베키스탄
58
Ukraine
우크라이나
59
Islamic Republic of Iran
이란
60
Israel
이스라엘
61
Italy
이탈리아
62
India
인도
63
Japan
일본
64
Jamaica
자메이카
65
Georgia
조지아
66
People’s Republic of China
중국
67
Chinese Taipei
차이니스 타이베이
68
Czech Republic
체코
69
Chile
칠레
70
Kazakhstan
카자흐스탄
71
Canada
캐나다
72
Kenya
케냐
73
Kosovo
코소보
74
Colombia
콜롬비아
75
Croatia
크로아티아
76
Kyrgyzstan
키르기스스탄
77
Cyprus
키프로스
78
Thailand
태국
79
Turkey
터키
80
Togo
토고
81
Tonga
통가
82
Pakistan
파키스탄
83
Portugal
포르투갈
84
Poland
폴란드
85
Puerto Rico
푸에르토리코
86
France
프랑스
87
Finland
핀란드
88
Philippines
필리핀
89
Hungary
헝가리
90
Hong Kong, China
홍콩
91
Korea
코리아

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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