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About Greece

Geographical position: Greece is situated in Southeastern Europe bordering the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, between Albania and Turkey

Surface: 131,957 sq.km

Population: 10,964,020 inhabitants, ethnic groups: 93% Greek, 7% foreign

System of government: Presidential Parliamentary Democracy.Greece is a member state of E.U. since 1981. President is Mr Karolos Papoulias.Prime Minister is Mr Constantinos Karamanlis. The parliment has three hundred elected members with elections held every four year

Official language and script: Greek language and script (Latin script is widely used) Religion: Greek Orthodox (98%), Muslim 1.3%, other 0.7%

Capital: Athens (3,192,606 inhabitants)

Coastline: 13.676 km

Highest peak: Mount Olympus 2.917

Climate:  mild and wet winters, hot and dry summers

Currency: EURO

Time Zone: Greece lies in the GMT + 2 hours

Electric power supply: The standard in Greece is 230V AC (50Hz). Appliances from North America require a transformer and British ones an adaptor

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