Greece

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Demographics

-Holly wood stars like Tom Hanks, and Elizabeth Taylor own homes in Greece
-the average income in Greece is 780 euros per month
-The climate in Greece is typical of the Mediterranean climate: mild and rainy winters, relatively warm and dry summers and, generally, extended periods of sunshine throughout most of the year.
-Greece has been a major destination and attraction since antiquity, for its rich history, as well as for its long coastline, many islands and beaches. Greece is projected to attract 26 million visitors in 2015

Cultural Information

Greek Pop Culture
Music
Goat skin bagpipes, called the Tsampounes.

Greek Music has a lot of Latin, Italian, Rock, Blues, Rap and Hip Hop.
Folk Music
Smyrneika
Moussaka
Tiropita
Baklava
Spanakopita
Fassolatha
Men's Clothing
The Vintage Chiton Dress
One shoulder gown style

Fun Random Facts


  1. No one in Greece can choose to not vote. Voting is required by law for every citizen who is 18 or older
  2. About 7% of all the marble produced in the world comes from Greece.
  3. Greece has more international airports than most countries because so many foreign tourists want to visit.

  4. The world’s third leading producer of olives, the Greeks have cultivated olive trees since ancient times. Some olive trees planted in the thirteenth century are still producing olives.
  5. Approximately 16.5 million tourists visit Greece each year, more than the country’s entire population. Tourism constitutes nearly 16% of the Gross Domestic Product

Political Information

-The politics of Greece takes place in a parliamentary representative democratic republic, whereby the Prime Minister of Greece is the head of government.

-Greece is a country in southeastern Europe consisting of 2 mainland peninsulas and thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. It's often called the birthplace of Western civilization, and Athens, its capital, retains ancient landmarks including the 5th-century-B.C.E. Acropolis citadel and Parthenon temple. Greece is also known for its beaches.

Famous Historical Event


  • Persian War

    The Persian Wars occurred from 499 BC to 493 BC. During this war, the city-states of Athens and Sparta combined forces to fight for their independence from Persian rule. The Athenians first fought and defeated the Persian forces of King Darius at Marathon and then 10 years later a coalition of Greek city-states including Athens and Sparta fought the large Persian army of King Xerxes and won.

Famous People from Greece

-Tommy Lee
-Arianna Huffington
-John Aniston
-Paris Latsis

Delphi Theatre



In ancient times Delphi was the most important site in ancient Greek religion, home to the sanctuary and oracle of Apollo. The ancient theatre of Delphi was built on a hill giving spectators a view of the entire sanctuary and the spectacular landscape below. It was originally built in the 4th and could seat 5,000 spectators. Today it is one of the top tourist attractions in Greece.
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Agriculture

Agriculture in Greece is based on small-sized, family-owned dispersed units, while the extent of cooperative organization stays at low comparative levels, against all efforts that have been taken in the last 30 years, mainly under European Union supervision.

Foods

Greeks are master of charcoal-grilled and spit-roasted meats. Souvlaki is still Greece's favourite fast food, both the gyros and skewered meat versions wrapped in pitta bread, with tomato, and onion. At the taverna, local free-range lamb and pork dominate, though kid goat is also a favourite.

Beef Gyro Recipe

-2 (8 ounce) containers plain yogurt
-2 cucumbers - peeled, seeded, and diced
-3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
-1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
-1/2 lemon, juiced
-3 cloves garlic, peeled
-salt and ground black pepper to taste
-1 (1 pound) beef top sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
-5 pita bread rounds
-1 tomato, chopped
-1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
-1 (4 ounce) package crumbled feta cheese
-1/2 cup shredded lettuce
-1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced ripe olives, drained
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