- The Winter Olympics kicked off with the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang on Friday.
- Greece once again led the parade of nations, as is tradition, because of their role in the origin of the Olympics.
- The rest of the order is determined alphabetically by the host nation’s language.
The 2018 Winter Olympics officially kicked off with the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
As has become tradition, the ceremony starts with a celebration of the host country, followed by the parade of athletes. And once again, Greece was the first country introduced due to their historical importance to the games.
The order of the parade of nations at every Olympics is as follows.
- Greece comes in first – this is due to their role in the origin of the Olympics.
- The host nation comes in last – in 2018, this is South Korea, although they added a twist. In a show of unity, South Korea marched with North Korea under a unified flag.
- The rest of the nations are ordered alphabetically by the language of the host nation. This year it was Greece, followed up Ghana, and then Nigeria.