Some Of The Basic Facts You Should Know About Greece History

Some Of The Basic Facts You Should Know About Greece History

Some Of The Basic Facts You Should Know About Greece History

Where is Greece?
The official geographic coordinates of Greece (latitude and longitude) are 39 00 N, 22 00 E. Greece is considered to be part of Southern Europe; it is also included as a Western European nation and part of the Baltics as well. It has served as a crossroads between many cultures for thousands of years.

How big is Greece?
Greece has a total area of 131,940 square kilometers or about 50,502 square miles. This includes 1,140 square kilometers of water and 130,800 square kilometers of land.


How long is the coastline of Greece?
Including its island coasts, the coastline of Greece is officially given as 13,676 kilometers, which would be approximately 8,498 miles. Other sources state it to be 15,147 kilometers or about 9,411 miles.

What is the population of Greece?

These statistics are from the General Secretariat of the National Statistical Service of Greece, where they have MANY other interesting statistics on Greece.
Population Census 2011: 9,904,286

Resident Population 2011:  10.816.286  (down from 10, 934, 097 in 2001)

In 2008, there was a mid-year population estimate of 11,237,068. More official numbers from the 2011 census of Greece.

What is the flag of Greece?
The Greek flag is blue and white, with an equal-armed cross in the upper corner and nine alternating blue and white stripes.

What is the average life expectancy in Greece?
The average Greek enjoys a long life expectancy; in most lists of countries with the longest life expectancy Greece comes in at 19 or 20 out of about 190 counted countries.

The islands of Ikaria and Crete both have many active, very elderly residents; Crete was the island studied for the impact of the “Mediterranean Diet” which some belief is one of the healthiest in the world. A still-high rate of smoking in Greece brings down the potential life expectancy considerably.

Total population: 78.89 years
Male: 76.32 years
Female: 81.65 years (2003 est.)

What is the official name of Greece?
Conventional long form: Hellenic Republic
Conventional short form: Greece
Local short form: Ellas or Ellada
Local short form in Greek: Ελλάς or Ελλάδα.
Former name: Kingdom of Greece
Local long form: Elliniki Dhimokratia (also spelled Dimokratia)

What currency is used in Greece?
The Euro is the currency of Greece since 2002. Before that, it was the drachma.

What are the regions of Greece?
Greece has thirteen official administrative divisions. They are:

  • Eastern Macedonia and Thrace
  • Central Macedonia
  • Western Macedonia
  • Epirus
  • Thessaly
  • Western Greece
  • The Ionian Islands
  • Central Greece
  • Attica, which includes Athens
  • The Peloponnese peninsula
  • The Northern Aegean Islands
  • The Southern Aegean Islands
  • Crete

However, these do not correspond exactly to the areas and groupings that travelers will encounter as they move through Greece. Other Greek island groups include the Dodecanese islands, the Cycladic islands, and the Sporades islands.

What’s the highest point in Greece?
The highest point in Greece is Mount Olympus at 2917 meters, 9570 feet. It’s the legendary home of Zeus and the other Olympian gods and goddesses.The highest point on a Greek island is Mount Ida or Psiloritis on the Greek island of Crete, at 2456 meters, 8058 feet.


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