The Olympic Parade of Nations Follows the Japanese Alphabet - Here's When Teams Arrive

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TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 23: Flag bearers Sue Bird and Eddy Alvarez of Team United States lead their team in during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 23: Flag bearers Sue Bird and Eddy Alvarez of Team United States lead their team in during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The Tokyo Olympics are officially underway! While the opening ceremony has already taken place - Japan is 13 hours ahead of the East Coast of the United States - the festivities will be aired again in primetime this evening, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Those just tuning in will be treated to a Parade of Nations consisting of 205 teams, as they promenade through Tokyo's Olympic Stadium behind their country's flag.

This year's Parade of Nations follows the traditional procession order, with Greece leading the pack and most of the other countries arriving in alphabetical order, according to the host nation's language. The only exceptions are the Refugee Olympic Team, who were bumped to the second slot for the Tokyo Olympics, and the future and current hosts of the Summer Olympics - the United States, France, and Japan - who arrive last.

So, when can you expect to cheer on your team? Here's a complete list of the 205 teams participating in this year's Parade of Nations, in the order they appear.

  1. Greece

  2. Refugee Olympic Team

  3. Iceland

  4. Ireland

  5. Azerbaijan

  6. Afghanistan

  7. American Samoa

  8. Virgin Islands

  9. United Arab Emirates

  10. Algeria

  11. Argentina

  12. Aruba

  13. Albania

  14. Armenia

  15. Angola

  16. Antigua and Barbuda

  17. Andorra

  18. Yemen

  19. Great Britain

  20. British Virgin Islands

  21. Israel

  22. Italy

  23. Iraq

  24. Iran

  25. India

  26. Indonesia

  27. Uganda

  28. Ukraine

  29. Uzbekistan

  30. Uruguay

  31. Ecuador

  32. Egypt

  33. Estonia

  34. Eswatini

  35. Ethiopia

  36. Eritrea

  37. El Salvador

  38. Australia

  39. Austria

  40. Oman

  41. Netherlands

  42. Ghana

  43. Cape Verde

  44. Guyana

  45. Kazakhstan

  46. Qatar

  47. Canada

  48. Gabon

  49. Cameroon

  50. The Gambia

  51. Cambodia

  52. North Macedonia

  53. Guinea

  54. Guinea-Bissau

  55. Cyprus

  56. Cuba

  57. Kiribati

  58. Kyrgyzstan

  59. Guatemala

  60. Guam

  61. Kuwait

  62. Cook Islands

  63. Grenada

  64. Croatia

  65. Cayman Islands

  66. Kenya

  67. Ivory Coast

  68. Costa Rica

  69. Kosovo

  70. Comoros

  71. Colombia

  72. Republic of the Congo

  73. Democratic Republic of the Congo

  74. Saudi Arabia

  75. Samoa

  76. São Tomé and Príncipe

  77. Zambia

  78. San Marino

  79. Sierra Leone

  80. Djibouti

  81. Jamaica

  82. Georgia

  83. Syria

  84. Singapore

  85. Zimbabwe

  86. Switzerland

  87. Sweden

  88. Sudan

  89. Spain

  90. Suriname

  91. Sri Lanka

  92. Slovakia

  93. Slovenia

  94. Seychelles

  95. Equatorial Guinea

  96. Senegal

  97. Serbia

  98. Saint Kitts and Nevis

  99. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

  100. Saint Lucia

  101. Somalia

  102. Solomon Islands

  103. Thailand

  104. South Korea

  105. Chinese Taipei

  106. Tajikistan

  107. Tanzania

  108. Czech Republic

  109. Chad

  110. Central African Republic

  111. China

  112. Tunisia

  113. Chile

  114. Tuvalu

  115. Denmark

  116. Germany

  117. Togo

  118. Dominica

  119. Dominican Republic

  120. Trinidad and Tobago

  121. Turkmenistan

  122. Turkey

  123. Tonga

  124. Nigeria

  125. Nauru

  126. Namibia

  127. Nicaragua

  128. Niger

  129. New Zealand

  130. Nepal

  131. Norway

  132. Bahrain

  133. Haiti

  134. Pakistan

  135. Panama

  136. Vanuatu

  137. Bahamas

  138. Papua New Guinea

  139. Bermuda

  140. Palau

  141. Paraguay

  142. Barbados

  143. Palestine

  144. Hungary

  145. Bangladesh

  146. East Timor

  147. Bhutan

  148. Fiji

  149. Philippines

  150. Finland

  151. Puerto Rico

  152. Brazil

  153. Bulgaria

  154. Burkina Faso

  155. Brunei

  156. Burundi

  157. Vietnam

  158. Benin

  159. Venezuela

  160. Belarus

  161. Belize

  162. Peru

  163. Belgium

  164. Poland

  165. Bosnia and Herzegovina

  166. Botswana

  167. Bolivia

  168. Portugal

  169. Hong Kong

  170. Honduras

  171. Marshall Islands

  172. Madagascar

  173. Malawi

  174. Mali

  175. Malta

  176. Malaysia

  177. Federated States of Micronesia

  178. South Africa

  179. South Sudan

  180. Myanmar

  181. Mexico

  182. Mauritius

  183. Mauritania

  184. Mozambique

  185. Monaco

  186. Maldives

  187. Moldova

  188. Morocco

  189. Mongolia

  190. Montenegro

  191. Jordan

  192. Laos

  193. Latvia

  194. Lithuania

  195. Libya

  196. Liechtenstein

  197. Liberia

  198. Romania

  199. Luxembourg

  200. Rwanda

  201. Lesotho

  202. Lebanon

  203. United States

  204. France

  205. Japan