Interesting, I've only orienteered in five countries (unless I count the orientering leg of the China AR I did in 2016 in a rural village) and one of those was Estonia (I missed Poland WMTBOC in 2014 due to either lack of holidays or an XPD clash, I forget which). Should be able to start increasing those numbers now that I qualify for Masters - I'll be adding three more countries later this year.
Speaking of China, the AR I did there also had a well attended opening ceremony by all the local dignitaries and the general public that happened to be in the area.
Really interesting reads from your China experience.
I've orienteered in 40 countries but it is a lot easier when you live in Europe & there are direct flights to almost anywhere from London. It is good fun getting new ones, especially when you turn up (as I try and do) to a "random" local event rather than a big fancy one.
Peo Bengtsson claims 110 countries but that includes loads where they've literally mapped a bit of terrain to put 5 controls in, so I don't think they count. If you only take countries where orienteering is done locally on a reasonably regular basis I reckon you get to around 50-60.
(Oh and hello Blair. Long time no see and hope you don't mind me reading your stuff!)
You mean you aren't going to HK for the Asian Champs in December? Would be a great option for anyone who wanted to avoid Christmas...the catch is that 2 of the 4 races are relays which makes it a bit awkward for anyone without a team: http://www.oahk.org.hk/uploads/file/20171006_AsOC%...