Few countries get quite as much credit for the development of the western world as Greece. The home of the earliest formalized democracy as well as some of the west's most important thinkers, it's incredibly hard not to argue its importance.
Although the days Alexander the Great, Socrates and Plato are long behind, it's hard to imagine a world in which Greece did not make an impact. In the modern era, Greece traded hands between empires and went through its own internal struggles, emerging as a nation that relied heavily on tourism while playing an important role in the European Union.
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- About 16.5 million people visit Greece each year, though the country itself has a population of only ten million.
- Greece is home to olive trees planted in the thirteenth century that still produce olives today.
- Seventy percent of the European Union's merchant fleet call Greece home.
- There are more archaeological museums in Greece than in any other country.
- The official name of Greece is actually the Hellenic Republic.
Located on the southern part of the Balkan Penninsula, Greece shares land borders with four countries to the north - Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey. The country also shares sea borders with Italy, Egypt, Libya, and island of Cyprus.
Perhaps its most important borders, however, are those with the surrounding seas. To the east, Greece borders the Aegean sea. To the west, the Ionian Sea and to the southwest, the Mediterranean. Greece's location on the sea led to it becoming both a major naval and trading power during earlier eras and an important strategic location in the modern era.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What languages are spoken in Greece?
The official language of Greece is Standard Modern Greek and it is spoken by about ninety-nine percent of the people who live in the country.
There are, however, several other regional dialects of Greek spoken by a minority of the citizens of Greece, including Cypriot Greek. Macedonian, Albanian, and Turkish are also spoken by a fairly significant number of Greek, and a little more than half of all Greeks have some degree of fluency in English.
What is the climate like?
Greek's climate is mostly Mediterranean - mild winters and dry summers. Northwestern Greece, however, has an Alpine climate with heavy snowfall, while the climate of inland northern Greece tends to be more temperate. Snow does occur all over Greece, though it is much more likely to fall in the northern part of the country or in the mountains.
What currencies are commonly accepted?
The currency of Greece is the Euro.
What is the population of Germany?
The population is 10.74 Million.
What is the capital?
The capital of Germany is Athens. Athens is a major historical city located on the Attic Peninsula, in the southeastern part of Greece. The Acropolis in Athens can be seen out into the Aegean Sea.
What time is it in Athens?