GREECE

Greece (Ελλάς, Hellas) is a country in Southern Europe, on the southernmost tip of the Balkan peninsula, with extensive coastlines and islands in the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas. It has an ancient culture that has had a significant influence on the arts, language, philosophy, politics, and sports of western society, including the genres of comedy and drama, western alphabets, Platonic ideals and the Socratic method, democracies and republics, and the Olympics. Furthermore it’s a geographically appealing place to visit, with a mountainous mainland and idyllic island beaches.

Regions

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Capital Athens
Government parliamentary republic
Currency euro (EUR)
Area 131,940 sq km
Population 10,688,058 (July 2006 est.)
Language Greek 99% (official)
Religion Greek Orthodox 98%, Muslim 1.3%, other 0.7%
Electricity 220V/50Hz (European plug)
Country code +30
Internet TLD .gr
Time Zone UTC +2