Greece is an ancient country in Southeastern
Europe. It is bordered by
Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania to the north. It also has a coastline along the Aegean Sea to the west, the Mediterranean Sea to the south and the Ionian Sea to the west. There are 6,000 Greek islands, but only 227 of these are inhabited.
Flag of Greece
Want to call your friends in Greece? You’ll need to use the international dialling code +30.
The coordinates for Greece are 39.0000° N, 22.0000°
The terrain here is mostly
mountainous on the mainland, with many smaller islands dotted throughout the three seas that border Greece; because of this it boasts some incredible beaches and coastline. In fact, you’re never more than 85 miles from the coast in Greece!
The total land area of Greece is 50,949 square miles (131,957 square kilometres).
Greece’s population was 10.72 million in 2019.
Did you know that the amount of tourists visiting Greece’s shores totals more than the number of residents… that’s a lot!
Acropolis, Athens, Greece
The capital is
which just so happens to be one of the oldest cities in the world! It covers an area of 15 square miles (39 square kilometres) and has a population of 664,046 (2011). Athens The average life span here is a very healthy 81.39 years (201
7). The residents of Greece enjoy a temperate climate with mild, wet
winters and lovely hot, dry summers. In fact, Greece experiences more than 250 days of sunshine each year! Lucky so-and-so’s!
Famous for its delicious food, Greek’s national
cheese is Feta, which is enjoyed in many countries around the world. Did you know, Greeks often celebrate the ‘name day’ of the saint that bears their name more than their own birthday?
The official language of Greece is, rather unsurprisingly… Greek
Greek is actually one of the oldest languages in Europe, having been spoken for more than 3,000 years.
Despite recent concern that Greece may leave the
Euro, it remains the official currency. Voting is required by law for all Greek residents aged 18 or older.
Greece grows corn, wheat, barley and
sugar beets and rears cattle. Its industry consists of tourism, food and
tobacco processing, textiles and chemicals. Greece also exports manufactured goods, food and beverages, petroleum products and chemicals.
Do you know any interesting or fun facts about Greece that we’ve not mentioned? Share them in the comments section below!