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Greece

Greece is the birthplace of one of the world's oldest and most glorious civilizations. Come explore this country's incredible mix of history, culture and dazzling landscapes!

Official Name: Hellenic Republic

 

Size: 50,949 square miles (131,957 square kilometers); slightly smaller than Alabama

 

Population: 10,760,136 as of July 2011

 

Capital: Athens

 

Climate: Temperate; hot, dry summers; mild, wet winters

 

Official Language: Greek

 

Literacy: 96%

 

Currency: The Euro

 

Agriculture: Wheat, corn, barley, sugar beets, olives, tomatoes, wine, tobacco, potatoes, beef, dairy

 

Industries: tourism, food and tobacco processing, textiles, chemicals, metal products, mining, petroleum  

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

Dolphins were once a common sight in the seas around Greece. The animals are featured in ancient art and on ancient coins and jewelry.

 

There are more than 2,000 Greek islands. Fewer than 200 are inhabited.

 

Greeks consume six gallons of olive oil per person each year.

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