Greece

Created By: Kayla Graham

General Facts:

Religion: Greek Orthodox (98% of citizens), Muslims (1.3%), all others (0.7%)

Head of government: Prime Minister Antonis Samaras ( since June 20, 2012)

Government Type: Parliamentary Republilc and Democratic Republic

Chief of state: President Karolos Papoullas ( since March 12, 2012)

Population: 10,767,827

Capital: Athens



Greece gained independence from the Ottomans in 1829


Children in Greece have had a very low survival rate due to sanitary conditions.


Marriages take place when the girl is 15 and the man is 30 due to being in the military.


Has a Mediterranean climate (hot summer, mild winters, little rainfall, lots sunshine)


Holidays:

Christmas in Greece is a traditionally solemn religious holiday.


Name Day Celebration: Every Greek got their name from a saint celebrated through the church so they celebrate it.

Carnival: "Apotries" includes two weeks of feast, beginning on the Sunday of Meat Fare and ends with the start of lent.

Easter: Women dye eggs red, god parents buy new shoes, clothes along with a candle towards the kids and the outside of houses and streets are white washed.



For Entertainment:

Theatrical presentations, operas, concerts, ballets, and folk music.

Mythology:

Greeks used to believe in a polytheistic universe in which a pantheon of gods and goddesses ruled human's fates and foretold the future.

Facts:

  • Most Greeks wear western-style clothing, the traditional men's costume consisting a tunic, vest, and pants are seen during festivals.
  • National sport of Greece is soccer
  • 98% speak Greek, the rest speak either Turkish, Macedonian, Slav, Vlach, Albanian, and Pomak.
  • Food mainly consists of citrus fruits, meat, and seafood.

Famous Landmarks:

  • Parthenon, on the Acroplis, Athens
  • Palace of Knossos, Crete
  • Ancient Agora, Athens
  • Ruins at Delphi Olympia, Corinth and Tray

Famous Greeks:

  • Aristotle
  • Maria Callas
  • Eucila
  • Hippocrates
  • Loannis Kapodistrias