Alphabetizing the Olympic Teams via Host Language

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The Parade of Nations is part of the opening ceremony at the Olympics. Teams from each nation march out together starting with Greece as the originator of the Olympic games. The parade ends with the host country, in this case it’s South Korea, though they’re marching with North Korea this year. In between are all the other participating countries. How do they come out? In alphabetical order! But this year it’s Korea and they have a different alphabet… so you guessed it! They come out in alphabetical order according to the Korean alphabet. This is how it works at every Olympic opening ceremony.

You can read more about it in the New York Times’ article, “Explaining the Order of the Parade of Nations.”

This article was posted on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at 3:27 pm and is filed under Countries & Cultures, Mama Lisa, South Korea. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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