This stage, at the Theatre of the Performing Arts of the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, will witness the coronation of a new Miss Universe this December

It’s finally here. The 2012 Miss Universe pageant will take place at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, from December 2 to 19th (the final).  However, fans have spent endless months trying to search who will actually compete in this year’s edition of this popular contest.

Wikipedia’s page on the contest is not to be trusted. Even if some people have the good intention of keeping the page safe from vandalism, lurkers and trolls always make their way through, filling it up with fake and unreliable information. Others go as far as trying to discredit reliable websites, by posting their own, made-up sources.

But enough about that. Want to know who will participate in the 2012 Miss Universe pageant? Take a look.

  1. Albania
  2. Angola
  3. Argentina
  4. Aruba
  5. Australia
  6. Bahamas
  7. Belgium
  8. Bolivia
  9. Botswana
  10. Brazil
  11. British Virgin Islands
  12. Bulgaria
  13. Canada
  14. Cayman Islands
  15. Chile
  16. China
  17. Colombia
  18. Costa Rica
  19. Croatia
  20. Curacao
  21. Cyprus
  22. Czech Republic
  23. Denmark
  24. Dominican Republic
  25. Ecuador
  26. El Salvador
  27. Estonia
  28. Ethiopia
  29. Finland
  30. France
  31. Gabon
  32. Georgia
  33. Germany
  34. Ghana
  35. Great Britain
  36. Greece
  37. Guam
  38. Guatemala
  39. Guyana
  40. Haiti
  41. Honduras
  42. Hungary
  43. India
  44. Indonesia
  45. Ireland
  46. Israel
  47. Italy
  48. Jamaica
  49. Japan
  50. Kazakhstan
  51. Korea
  52. Kosovo
  53. Lebanon
  54. Lithuania
  55. Malaysia
  56. Mauritius
  57. Mexico
  58. Montenegro
  59. Namibia
  60. Netherlands
  61. New Zealand
  62. Nicaragua
  63. Nigeria
  64. Norway
  65. Panama
  66. Paraguay
  67. Peru
  68. Philippines
  69. Poland
  70. Puerto Rico
  71. Romania
  72. Russia
  73. Serbia
  74. Singapore
  75. Slovak Republic
  76. South Africa
  77. Spain
  78. Sri Lanka
  79. St. Lucia
  80. Sweden
  81. Switzerland
  82. Tanzania
  83. Thailand
  84. Trinidad & Tobago
  85. Turkey
  86. Ukraine
  87. Uruguay
  88. USA
  89. Venezuela
  90. Vietnam

Give or take a few that  might not attend, these are the nations confirmed to compete in Las Vegas come December.  Note that these are all the nations with signed license agreements for 2012.

Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Namibia and Norway return this year, while Gabon and Lithuania make their debut, participating for the first time.  Meanwhile, Egypt, Portugal, Slovenia, Turks & Caicos and US Virgin Islands are not expected to return for the 2012 edition.

The beauties will arrive in Las Vegas on December 2nd and 3rd, for photo and video shoots and attend special activities organized by the Las Vegas Conventions Bureau.  The preliminary competition, or Presentation Show, will be held on December 13th. The live telecast will take place on December 19th. Updated 10/15: Egypt and Latvia are no longer competing this year.

Meet the contestants here!

Special thanks to Miss Universe Organization