Interesting Facts About Greece

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Interesting Facts About Greece By: Greece Greek: Ελλάδα Elláda eˈlaða officially the Hellenic RepublicGreek: Ελληνική Δημοκρατία Ellīnikī ́ Dīmokratía eliniˈci ðimokraˈti.a historically also known as Hellas Ancient Greek: Ἑλλάς Hellásˈhɛləsis a country in southeastern Europe. Greeces population is approximately 10.955 million as of 2015. Athens is the nations capital and largest city followed by Thessaloniki. Read More At:

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Interesting Facts About Greece  With an area of 50949 square miles 131958 square kilometers Greece is roughly the size of Alabama. The population of Greece is more than 10 million people.—comparatively the population of Alabama is around 4.5 million.  Approximately 16.5 million tourists visit Greece each year more than the country’s entire population. Tourism constitutes nearly 16 of the Gross Domestic Product GDP.

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 No one in Greece can choose to not vote. Voting is required by law for every citizen who is 18 or older.  About 7 of all the marble produced in the world comes from Greece.  Greece has more international airports than most countries because so many foreign tourists want to visit.

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 The world’s third leading producer of olives the Greeks have cultivated olive trees since ancient times. Some olive trees planted in the thirteenth century are still producing olives.  According to Greek mythology Athena and Poseidon agreed that whoever gave the city the best gift would become guardian over the city. Though Poseidon gave the gift of water Athena’s gift of an olive tree was deemed by the other gods to be more valuable.  Greece has zero navigable rivers because of the mountainous terrain. Nearly 80 of Greece is mountainous.

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 Approximately 98 of the people in Greece are ethnic Greeks. Turks form the largest minority group. Other minorities are Albanians Macedonians Bulgarians Armenians and gypsies.  About 12 million people around the world speak Greek. They live mostly in Greece Cyprus Italy Albania Turkey the United States among other countries.  Thousands of English words come from the Greek language sometimes via the Roman adaptation into Latin and then to English. Common English words from Greek include “academy” “apology” “marathon” “siren” “alphabet” and “typhoon.”  In the 1950s only about 30 of Greek adults could read and write. Now the literacy rate is more than 95.  Over 40 of the population lives in the capital Athens Athina in Greek. Since becoming the capital of modern Greece its population has risen from 10000 in 1834 to 3.6 million in 2001.  An old Greek legend says that when God created the world he sifted all the soil onto the earth through a strainer. After every country had good soil he tossed the stones left in the strainer over his shoulder and created Greece.

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 Greece has more than 2000 islands of which approximately 170 are populated. Greece’s largest island is Crete 3189 sq. miles 8260 sq. km.. Read More At:

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