Facts about Greece / Greece in brief

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Hellenic Republic
Greece
Elliniki Dimokratia
Ellas or Ellada

Capital

Athens

Largest cities

Athens, Thessaloniki, Piraeus, Patra, Iraklion, Larisa

Area

131,957 sq. km

Population – Demographics

Total population: 10,722,816 (July 2008 est.)

Climate

Mediterranean type of climate,  Continental (cold winter & hot, dry summer) 

Government and politics

Parliamentary republic/ executive power is exercised by the president of the Republic and the Government

Language

Greek (99%) other 1%

Economy

Include agriculture, tourism, construction and shipping industries.

Minorities

Muslim minority in Thrace
amounts to approximately 0,95% of the total population.

Immigration

Immigrants make up approximately 10% of the population

Religion

Greek orthodox 98%, Muslim 1.3%, other 0.7%

Time

2 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)

Electricity

220V- 550Hz. Appliances that operate using 120V need to use a voltage adapter, or transformer.

Cuisine

Sea food, mousaka, souvlaki, spanakopita, greek salad, tzatziki, olives, feta cheese, wine, ouzo, retsina etc.