Quick Facts

  • Officially the Hellenic Republic
  • Geece has the 11th longest coast line in the world; featuring approximately 1,400 islands
  • 80% of Greece consists of mountains
  • Modern Greece traces its roots to Ancient Greece; considered the cradle of Western Civilization
  • Greece is a member of the EU, NATO, and is a founding member of the United Nations
  • Greece is divided into 13 administrative perifereies
  • Climate: temperate; mild, wet winters; hot, dry summers
  • Ethnic Groups: Greek 93%, other 7% (percents reflect citizenship, since Greece does not collect data on ethnicity)
  • Languages: Greek (official) 99%, other (including English and French) 1%
  • Religions: Greek Orthodox (official) 98%, Muslim 1.3%
  • Population: 10.77 million
  • The capital of Greece is Athens
  • other major cities: Thessalonki
  • Literacy rate: 96%
  • GDP per capita: $26,293
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

Unitary Parliamentary Republic

  • President: Karolos Papoulias
  • Prime Minister: Panagiotis Pikrammenos
  • President of Parliament: Vyron Polydoras

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life Expectancy: 80.05 years
  • Maternal mortality rate 2 deaths/100,000 live births
  • Infant mortality rate: 4.92 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Physicians Density: 6.043/ population
  • Population with HIV/AIDS: 0.1%
  • Obesity rate: 22.5%
  • The Greek healthcare system is universal and ranked as one of the best in the world
  • Greece has the largest number of doctors-to-population ratio in any OECD country
  • There is a high level of Leishmaniasis (cutaneous and visceral)
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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