Greece

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Location: Southeastern Europe

Bordering Countries: Albania, Macedonia, Turkey, Bulgaria

Capital City: Athens

Other Main Cities: Thessaloniki, Halkidiki, Peloponnese, Delphi, Meteora, Greek Islands (Santorini, Crete, Mykonos, Rhodes, Naxos, Zakinthos, Corfu, Delos, Kefalonia, Koufonissia, Symi, Andros, Hydra, Skyros, Karpathos, Skopelos, Nisyros, Lesbos)

Language(s): Greek

Population: 10 million+

Religion: Orthodoxy (98%), Islam (1.3%), Other (0.7%)

Currency: Euro (EUR)

National Airlines: Ellinair

Known for: historical sites, philosophers, tavernas, Athens, Greek Gods, islands and beaches, wine, cuisine, olive oil, raki, Greek yoghurt, churches, museums, architecture, Olympic Games, nightlife, kafenion, music

Celebrations and Festivals: Carnival (Apokreas), Epiphany, Easter, Hellenic Festival, Navy Week (Crete), Ancient Olympia International Festival (Athens)

Fun Facts…

  • The official name fro Greece is the Hellenic Republic
  • Greece is approximately the size of Alabama
  • Around 98% of the people in Greece are native Greeks whilst Turks form the largest minority group
  • Greece has more than 2000 islands
  • over 40% of the Greek population live in Athens
  • Greece is the leading producer of sea sponges
  • The Greek film Daphnis and Chloe contained the first nude scene in European history
  • Melbourne is home to the largest Greek population outside of Greece itself
  • Greece has more archaeological museums than any other country in the world
  • The highest unemployment rate is in Greece with 26.4% in the European Union followed by Spain
  • Greek is one of the oldest languages in Europe. It has been spoken for over 3000 years
  • Greece has one of the lowest divorce rates in Europe but the highest abortion rate