- Population article about strength of national teams based on national population, http://business-analytic.co.uk/blog/uncategorized/population-and-the-strength-of-national-teams/
Smaller nations at Beijing 2008Edit
The United Kingdom has a semi autonomous region called Wales which has a population of just under 3 million. Some have an affinity with nations of a similar size. Some choose to follow those smaller nations.
Smaller nations in the Olympics include:
Aruba, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Comoros, Cyprus, Djibouti, Dominica, East Timor (or to give it it’s proper name) Timor-Leste, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Iceland, Jamaica, Kiribati, Kuwait, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands Antilles, Oman, Palau, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, US Virgin Islands and Vanuatu.