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In the year 1829, Greece gained its independence from the rule of Ottoman Empire and during the late 19 th century it added the nearby territories to its own area. During the World War II, it again got invaded by Italy followed by Germany facing a civil war between the Communists and the king's supporters. And subsequently in the year 1952, it joined NATO. Greece had also faced military dictatorship in 1967 during which the King of Greece was forced to leave the country. Then in 1974, the elections were held to set up a democracy and hence the rule of monarchy got absolved. And in 1981, it joined the EU.

Greece Fast Facts :

  • National Name : Hellenic Republic
  • National Capital : Athens
  • Total Area : 131,940 sq km
  • Total Population : 10,722,816 (July 2008 est.)
  • Ethnic races : population: Greek 93%, other (foreign citizens) 7% (2001 census)
  • Religions : Greek Orthodox 98%, Muslim 1.3%, other 0.7%
  • Currency : Euro
  • GDP per capita (PPP) : $30,600 (2007 est.)
  • Languages : Greek 99% (official), other 1% (includes English and French)
  • Life expectancy : male: 76.98 years female: 82.21 years (2008 est.)
  • Literacy Rate : 98% (2003 est.)

Greece Geography, Climate and Economy :

Almost 80% of the Greece Terrain comprises of mountainous ranges. Mostly the mountains stretch into the sea forming peninsulas or a chain of islands. The Pindus chain of mountains extends across the Peloponnese and then onto the Aegean Sea. The central and west part of Greece contains high and steep peaks separated by canyons and Karstic landscapes. The Vikos Gorges is the world's largest and second deepest which is around 1100m deep. The lowest point of Greece is located in Mediterranean Sea at 0m and the highest at Mt. Olympus at 2,917m.

The Climate of Greece is Mediterranean characterized by mild temperatures and limited rainfall. The geographical features having rugged mountains causes variations in the climate. The summers are dry and hot moderated by the seasonal winds called meltemi. The winters are mild and wet and the mountains generally remain snow covered during this time.

The economy of Greece is a capitalist one. Tourism sector accounts to 15% of the GDP while the public sector accounts to 40% of the GDP. The natural resources include lignite, petroleum, magnesite, marble, zinc, hydropower, iron ore and bauxite.

Culture and Cuisine of Greece:

The Greek culture incorporates the traditions, religion, music, cuisine, language and the literature. It comprises an amalgam of East and West cultural influences of Asia and Europe. The Greeks are proud upholders of their culture and believe that it gives a national and ethnic belonging to them. Moreover, Iliad and Odyssey are the primary instances of the Greek literature.

The cuisine of Greece comprises of some succulent soups, exotic wines and different types of salads like Horiatiki Salata. Some of the popular dishes include Keftedakia, Moussaka, Paidakia, Kokoretsi and many others. There are a variety of soups like Kotossoupa, Fakies, Fassolada, Psarossoupa and Mayiritsa.

Tourist Sites in Greece:

Greece has a number of tourist sites to be ventured. Athens, its capital city has some of the significant historical sites and medieval edifices. It comprises of Acropolis, the Syntagma Square and the well known museums like Benaki and the National Archaeological Museum. Besides this, one may visit the Monasteries of Meteora. Greece has around 11 wetland areas where one can do bird watching particularly at Nestos Delta and Prespa Lakes.

Some Other Tourist Sites are :

  • Crete
  • Cyclades Islands
  • Dodecanese
  • Epirus
  • Ionian Islands
  • Macedonia
  • Thrace
  • Southern Sporades
  • Thessaly

Developing nations should work together: President Patil

April 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Welcoming the envoys of 12 countries, President Pratibha Patil Tuesday said it was very important to work together and have institutions in which the voices from developing countries find expression owing to the global financial crisis and developments in the Euro zone.

Can video games promote healthier aging?

April 24, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Berlin, April 24 (IANS) Videogame technology has significant benefits for older adults by providing cognitive stimulation and being a source of social interaction, exercise, and fun, say two new studies.

Wall Street fall on European concerns

April 24, 2012 at 9:32 AM

New York, April 24 (IANS) US stocks slipped Monday as investors were concerned about new developments in Europe's debt crisis and political turmoil.

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Tsunami did kill Persian invaders of Greece

April 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM

London, April 22 (ANI): A tsunami recorded by the ancient historian Herodotus did indeed protect a Greek village from Persian invaders, say German geologists.

Omega-3 fatty acids limit smoking damage

April 22, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Athens, April 22 (IANS) Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, commonly found in marine and plant oils, could help limit damage caused by smoking, says a new study from Greece.

Omega-3 fatty acids 'may help reduce physical harm caused by smoking'

April 21, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Washington, Apr 21 (ANI): Intake of Omega-3 fatty acids may help to reduce the physical damage that is caused by smoking, a new study has revealed.

Euro on brink of collapse: IMF

April 18, 2012 at 9:33 PM

London, April 18 (IANS) The crisis-hit euro is teetering on the brink of collapse, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said.

South Korean banks' foreign borrowing growth slows

April 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Seoul, April 18 (IANS) South Korean banks' foreign borrowing growth slowed last month as local lenders borrowed less loans from overseas amid easing external uncertainties, a financial watchdog said Wednesday.

Over six in ten say Sarkozy is France's most unpopular president

April 16, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Paris, April 16 (ANI): Almost 64 percent of French have described voted Nicolas Sarkozy as the most unpopular president in the history of France, a poll has revealed.

Pakistanis deported from Greece, Oman

April 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Islamabad, April 12 (IANS) A group of 97 Pakistani migrants who were detained in Oman for illegally entering the country were deported Thursday. Another 67 Pakistanis were deported from Greece, media reports said.

Ahmadinejad says 'Iran can withstand oil embargo for 2 to 3 years'

April 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Tehran, Apr 11 (ANI): Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has claimed that his country has enough reserves to withstand a total embargo on its oil sales for 'two to three years'.

Greek pensioner's suicide sparks protests

April 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Athens, April 6 (IANS) Greek citizens staged a fresh anti-austerity protest in front of parliament in central Athens where a senior pensioner committed suicide over austerity measures.

Sarkozy pledges budget surplus if re-elected

April 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Paris, April 6 (IANS) Incumbent French President Nicolas Sarkozy has promised to reach 0.5 percent surplus of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017 and pledged to stick to growth targets if he wins the upcoming presidential election.

Russian airline to send soccer fans free to Euro 2012

April 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Moscow, April 6 (IANS) Russia's flagship Aeroflot airline and the Russian Football Union signed an agreement to send Russian soccer fans to Euro 2012 free of charge in June.

Tara Reid enjoying getting older

April 3, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Washington, Apr 3 (ANI): Tara Reid has admitted to being happier than ever and insists that she is enjoying ageing as it has made her much more relaxed.

Tara Reid enjoys getting older

April 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Los Angeles, April 3 (IANS) Actress Tara Reid is enjoying getting older and says that the feeling has calmed her down.

Unemployment in France goes up

March 27, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Paris, March 27 (IANS) Jobless rate in France inched up by 0.2 percent in February for the 10th successive month, as tepid economic growth slowed job creation in the eurozone second largest economy, official figures showed.

US working with India to reduce dependence on Iran oil

March 23, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Washington, March 23 (IANS) The United States has said it's "working hard" with India to see if it can help reduce its dependence on Iranian crude and find alternative sources of supply, but no decision has been taken on imposing financial sanctions.

Apple has sold 3 million iPads since Friday

March 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Washington, Mar 20 (ANI): Tech giant Apple has announced that it has sold a whopping three million new iPad units since its sale began Friday.

Neanderthals were seafaring long before modern humans

March 1, 2012 at 9:29 PM

London, March 1 (ANI): Neanderthals may have used the seas as a highway centuries before modern humans managed the same trick, researchers in Greece say.

Neanderthals were seafaring long before modern humans

March 1, 2012 at 5:52 PM

London, March 1 (ANI): Neanderthals may have used the seas as a highway centuries before modern humans managed the same trick, researchers in Greece say.

Chilean rainforest plant can help combat multi-resistant bacterial strains

February 21, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): A young Danish scientist has found a natural substance in a Chilean rainforest plant that effectively supports the effect of traditional treatment with antibiotics.

Chilean rainforest plant can help combat multi-resistant bacterial strains

February 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): A young Danish scientist has found a natural substance in a Chilean rainforest plant that effectively supports the effect of traditional treatment with antibiotics.

Chilean rainforest plant can help combat multi-resistant bacterial strains

February 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): A young Danish scientist has found a natural substance in a Chilean rainforest plant that effectively supports the effect of traditional treatment with antibiotics.

Mediterranean diet can cut risk of age-related brain disorders

February 14, 2012 at 11:25 AM

London, Feb 14 (ANI): Researchers say that eating a Mediterranean-style diet -high in fruit, vegetables, fish, nuts, whole grains and 'healthy' fats such as those in olive oil, while low in red meat and dairy products- helps keep the brain healthy, reducing age-related damage.

1 in 4 Brits admit visiting Wonders of the World that no longer exist

February 6, 2012 at 7:06 PM

London, Feb 6 (ANI): A quarter of Britons have claimed that they have been to ancient Wonders of the World, wiped off the Earth hundreds of years ago.

1 in 4 Brits admit visiting Wonders of the World that no longer exist

February 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

London, Feb 6 (ANI): A quarter of Britons have claimed that they have been to ancient Wonders of the World, wiped off the Earth hundreds of years ago.

Anonymous attacks Greek ministry website to protest country's signing of copyright treaty

February 4, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Athens, Feb 4 (ANI): Notorious Internet hacking group Anonymous has launched a cyber-attack on the Greek Ministry of Justice website and threatened further action if Athens does not withdraw its decision to sign a global copyright treaty.

Anonymous attacks Greek ministry website to protest country's signing of copyright treaty

February 4, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Athens, Feb 4 (ANI): Notorious Internet hacking group Anonymous has launched a cyber-attack on the Greek Ministry of Justice website and threatened further action if Athens does not withdraw its decision to sign a global copyright treaty.

Olympic flame to be lighted by sunrays on May 10: Lord Coe

February 2, 2012 at 8:46 PM

London, Feb 2(ANI): Lord Coe, Chairman of London Organizing Committee for Olympic Games (LOCOG), has said the Olympic Flame will be lit by the sun's rays on the morning of May 10 in Greece at the beginning of its expedition to the London 2012 Games.

Olympic flame to be lighted by sunrays on May 10: Lord Coe

February 2, 2012 at 3:08 PM

London, Feb 2(ANI): Lord Coe, Chairman of London Organizing Committee for Olympic Games (LOCOG), has said the Olympic Flame will be lit by the sun's rays on the morning of May 10 in Greece at the beginning of its expedition to the London 2012 Games.

Picasso tops world's most stolen artist list

January 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM

London, Jan 29 (ANI): Pablo Picasso is the artist who has more works stolen than anyone else, a new study has found.

Picasso tops world's most stolen artist list

January 29, 2012 at 4:28 PM

London, Jan 29 (ANI): Pablo Picasso is the artist who has more works stolen than anyone else, a new study has found.

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