Greece the Country Not the Movie

European Union Country Project

Name of Country

Greece

Date joined the European Union.

1981

Was your country a founder of the EU

No

Was your country a part of another country at any point

No

Where is it located?

Greece is located in the southern Europe, on the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula. It is surrounded on the north by Bulgaria, the Republic of Macedonia and Albania; to the west by the ionian Sea; to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and to the east by the Aegean Sea and Turkeybetween Africa and western Asia. It is west of the Aegean Sea. Its terrain is rough and rocky even mountainous in some places so it can be difficult to farm. Eighty percent of Greece is mountainous.

Flag -- Brief History

The flag of Greece (popularly referred to as the "sky-blue-white" or the "blue-white" is one of its national symbols. It is based on nine equal horizontal stripes of blue aleternating with white. There is a blue canton in the upper hoist-side corner bearing a white cross; the cross symbolizes Eastern Orthodox Christianity, the established religion of the Greek people of Greece and Cyprus. The nine stripes is said by some to represent the letters of the word "freedom".

Capital and at least 4 other major cities

Athens is the capital. Other major cities include Thessaloniki, Piraeus, Patrai and Heraklion.

Tourism -- what attracts people to your country? Places people would visit and why.

Greece is known for its plethora of ancient ruins, whitewashed villages, sunny beaches,tasty cuisine and friendly atmosphere. Its unique culture and the beauty of the spectacular lanscapes is just two reasons to visit. Its perfect climate allows heavy tourism -- not too hot, not too cold. It has some of the worlds most amazing monuments such as the Archaeological Site of Delphi or the breaktaking medieval town of Mystras in the Peloponnese. There are the geological rocks of Meteora and diving in yet-to-be discovered coves. Greece is the land of islands, all different shapes and sizes. The Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum represent the meeting point of Greece's past and future.

Geography of the country

Eighty percent of Greece is mountainous. Based on its latitude and longitude, it has considerable climatic variation. The country consists of a large mainland. The Peloponnese, a peninsula connect to the southern tip of the mainland by the Isthmus of Corinth and a large number of islands including Crete, Rhodes, Corfu. According to the CIA World Factbook, Greece has 13,676 kilometres of coastline.

Government type

Parliamentary Republic

Currency type, if it is the EURO what did they use prior?

Greece's currency type is the EURO. Prior to the EURO it was the drachma, silver coin of ancient Greece. In 2002 the drachma ceased to be the legal tender.

Three interesting facts about Greece

With an area of 50,949 square miles, Greece is roughly the size of Alabama. The population of Greece is more than 10 million people compared to the population of Alabama being 4.5 million. No one in Greece can choose to not vote. Voting is required by law for every citizen who is 18 or older. The first Olympic Games took place in 776 B.C. The first Olympic champion was a Greek cook named Coroebus who won the sprint race.