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name:

Greece (Ελλάδα, Ellada; Hellas,)

official name: the Hellenic Republic (Ελληνική Δημοκρατία, Elliniki Dhimokratia)

ancient name: Hellas (Ελλάς, Ellas)

capital: Athens

location: Southern Europe, on the northeast of the Mediterranean Sea, bordering the Ionian Sea in the west and the Aegean Sea in the east; between Albania and Turkey

local time: Eastern European Time (EET)
Daylight Saving Schedule:
Summer (from last Sunday in March)
GMT/UTC +3 hours
Winter (from last Sunday in October)
GMT/UTC +2 hours

currency: Euro (€)

climate: Mediterranean (temperate, with wet winters and hot, dry summers);
continental (wetter, cooler) in the north

total area: total: 131,940 square kilometres
land: 130,800 sq km
water: 1,140 sq km

coastline: 13,676 km

international boundaries:

total: 1,228 km

borders:
Albania 282 km,
Republic of North Macedonia 246 km,
Bulgaria 494 km,
Turkey 206 km

terrain: Mainly mountainous interspersed with plains; mountain ranges extend into the sea as peninsulas or chains of islands

highest point: Mytikas, the highest peak of Mount Olympus (Όρος Όλυμπος, Oros Olympos), 2,918.8 metres (9,576 feet)

population: 10,964,020 (Athens 3,192,606)

ethnicities:

Greek 93%, other (foreign citizens) 7% (2001 census)

Census figures represent citizenship; Greece does not collect data on ethnicity.

Ethnic minorities include Vlachs, Pomaks, Turks and Roma.

language: Greek 99% (official),
other 1% (including English and French)

religion: Greek Orthodox 98%,
Muslim 1.3%,
other 0.7%

political system:

parliamentary democracy since 1974

European Union member since 1981

constitution: 11 June 1975; amended March 1986 and April 2001

parliament: 300 members, elected every 4 years

national holiday:

Independence Day, 25 March (1821)

administrative
divisions:

The internal administration of Greece is organized through 7 self-governing decentralized administrations (αποκεντρωμένες διοικήσεις, apokentromenes dioikiseis), each of which contains one or more regions.

There are 13 regions (περιφέρειες, peripheries), each of which is divided into regional units.

See the table of regions and regional units below.

There are 74 regional units (περιφερειακές ενότητες, prifereiakes enotites), which are further divided into municipalities.

There are 325 municipalities (δήμοι, dimoi), each subdivided into municipal units (δημοτικές ενότητες, dimotikés enotites), and finally into communities (κοινότητες, koinotites).

Mount Athos (Άγιον Όρος, Agion Oros, Holy Mountain) is an autonomous monastic state.
 

A cafe sign in Delphi, Greece at My Favourite Planet

A sign for a cafe with a takeaway service in Delphi, Greece.
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Greece

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Athens photo galleries at My Favourite Planet

Athens

Kastellorizo photo gallery at My Favourite Planet

Kastellorizo

Kavala photo gallery at My Favourite Planet

Kavala

Photo gallery of Olympiada village, Halkidiki, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Olympiada

Patmos photo gallery at My Favourite Planet

Patmos

Pella photo gallery at My Favourite Planet

Pella

Polygyros photo gallery at My Favourite Planet

Polygyros

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Samos

Samothraki photo gallery at My Favourite Planet

Samothraki

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Ancient Stageira

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Veria
 
Greece Administrative divisions of Greece  
Decentralized
Administration
Region Regional
units
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Attica

Seat: Athens
Attica Central Athens
North Athens
South Athens
West Athens
East Attica
West Attica
Piraeus
Islands
Attica

Athens

Blogs

Athens 1

Athens 2
 

Macedonia and Thrace

Seat: Thessaloniki
Central Macedonia Chalkidiki
Imathia
Kilkis
Pella
Pieria
Serres
Thessaloniki
Macedonia

Pella

Polygyros

Stageira and
Olympiada


Veria

Blogs

Dion

Pella

Polygyros

Thessaloniki
 
  Eastern Macedonia
and Thrace
Drama
Evros
Kavala
Rhodope
Thasos
Xanthi
Thrace

Alexandroupoli

Samothraki
 

Epirus and
Western Macedonia

Seat: Ioannina
Epirus Arta
Ioannina
Preveza
Thesprotia
 
 
  Western Macedonia Florina
Grevena
Kastoria
Kozani
 
 

Thessaly and
Central Greece

Seat: Larissa
Thessaly Karditsa
Larissa
Magnesia
Sporades
Trikala

Blogs

Meteora
 
  Central Greece Boeotia
Euboea
Evrytania
Phocis
Phthiotis
 
 

Peloponnese,
Western Greece
and the Ionian Islands

Seat: Patras
Peloponnese Arcadia
Argolis
Corinthia
Laconia
Messenia
 
 
  Western Greece Achaea
Aetolia-Acarnania
Elis
 
 
  Ionian Islands Cephalonia
Corfu
Ithaca
Lefkada
Zakynthos
 
 

Aegean

Seat: Piraeus
North Aegean Chios
Ikaria
Lemnos
Lesbos
Samos
Agios Efstratios

Psara

Samos
 
  South Aegean Andros
Kalymnos
Karpathos
Kea-Kythnos
Kos
Milos
Mykonos
Naxos
Paros
Rhodes
Syros
Santorini
Tinos
Dodecanese islands

Kastellorizo

Patmos
 

Crete

Seat: Heraklion
Crete Chania
Heraklion
Lasithi
Rethymno
 
 

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A Greek salad, the famous choriatiki (village salad).
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See also
The Cheshire Cat Blog
photo essays about Greece:

Athens (street life)

Athens (Aristotle's Lyceum)

Dion

Meteora

Pella

Thessaloniki

Polygyros

Kastellorizo (Megisti)
 
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