Greece, also officially called the “Hellenic Republic” is a country in southeastern Europe, it consists of 2 mainland peninsulas and more than thousands of islands dotting the blue Aegean Sea to the east, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, and the Ionian Sea to the west. The country is bordered by the Republic of Macedonia and Albania (northwest), Bulgaria (north), Turkey (northeast) and it shares maritime borders with Cyprus, Egypt, Italy, and Libya.
It is a nice country that you have to visit atleast once in your life. The landscapes are beautiful, the people are very friendly and the food delicous. Our fun and interesting facts about Greece will give you a great overview about this sunny european country and the Ancient Greece facts will teach you about the famous history of Greece!
Interesting Facts About Greece – General Facts
The population of Greece is estimated to be around 11 million people (source)
The national and official language they speak is Greek. Greece is a member of the European Union and uses the Euro as its currency, before the Euro they used the currency “Drachma”. (source)
The capital of Greece and largest city is Athens, which has a total population of around 656,000 people It is also often called the birthplace of Western civilization, and Athens, retains ancient landmarks including the fifth century BC Acropolis citadel and Parthenon temple.
Greece is the leading producer of sea sponges. Other Major exports are Oil, Machines, Aluminum (source)
This European country is strategically located at the crossroads of the 3 continents Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Interesting Facts About Ancient Greece
Greek language has been spoken by people for more than 3,000 years, making it one of the oldest languages in Europe. The Ancient Greeks played also an important role in the development of the todays known alphabet. The first two letters of the Greek alphabet – “alpha” and “beta” – have given us the word ‘alphabet’.
This country has one of the longest histories in the World and also one of the most famous.
The ancient Greeks developed new ideas for government, science, philosophy, religion, and art.
Ancient Greece was split into many different states, each one was ruled in its own way, had its own laws, government and money, but they shared the same language and religion. The two most important city states in Ancient Greece were Athens and Sparta.
Sparta was known as the “Military State” of the country.
Throughout the world, buildings have been constructed in the style of Ancient Greece. One good example of this buildings is The British Museum.
The famous Olympic Games were originated in Ancient Greece. The first written records of the ancient Olympic Games date back to 776 B.C.
The life expectancy for ancient Greek women was 36, and the average for males was 45. Of the children born, only half survived infancy.
Today the life expectancy for Greek women is 82 years and for males, 77 years. Greece is ranked #26 in the world for life expectancy rates, and The United States are only #49.
100 bulls would be sacrificed to Zeus, he was on of the Greek Gods
Poems sang by bards were the books and newspapers.
The most popular Island Rhodes has been inhabited since the Stone Age
Interesting Facts About Greece For Travellers – Things To Do In Greece
Each Year Greece is visited by around 16 million tourists, much more than the country’s entire population
Greece enjoys more than 250 days of sunshine—or 3,000 sunny hours, making it the sunniest European country
The country is divided into 3 geographical regions> the mainland, the islands, and Peloponnese, the peninsula south of the mainland
Greece has around 2.000 islands in total, scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, of which only 207 are inhabited.
The largest Greek island by area is Crete with 8,303 km2 (3,206 sq mi), the Island is located at the southern edge of the Aegean Sea.
In Greece you can find over 13,676 kilometers (8,854 miles) of coastline, it´s the 13th longest in the world
Mount Olympus has 52 peaks, deep gorges, and exceptional biodiversity. The highest peak Mytikas, which means “nose”, rises to 2,918 metres (9,573 feet).
The Meteora belongs to the largest and most important complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos.
Mount Athos or locally known as Agion Oros, is the oldest surviving monastic community on the Planet. It dates back more than a 1,000 years, to Byzantine times. It is a unique monastic republic, which, although part of Greece, it is ruled and governed by its own local administration. As of today there are 20 monasteries of which 17 are Greek, 1 Russian, 1 Serbian, and 1 Bulgarian.
The Pindus mountain range contains one of the world’s deepest gorges, Vikos Gorge, which dips over 1,100 meters (3,600 feet).
Thousands of birds stop in Greece’s wetlands each year on their migrations. More than 100,000 birds from northern Europe and Asia spend their winters here.
The country has one of the richest varieties of wildlife on the European continent, including 116 species of mammals, 18 of amphibians, 59 of reptiles, 240 of bird, and 107 of fish. About half of the endemic mammal species are in danger of becoming extinct.
Fun Facts About Greece – Funny Facts And Greece Culture
About seven percent of the world’s marble comes from Greece.
The Greek national cheese is “Feta”, which is eaten more in Greece than any other country. It is delicious!!
A popular Greek tradition is called ‘name day‘. Each name that comes from a religious saint has a given
day which is celebrated every year on that specific day by the church. People who share the same name also celebrate the day,
often receiving gifts from their friends and family . In Greece, Name days are often even more important than birthdays!!
No one over 18 Years old in Greece can choose to not vote. Voting is mandatory in Greece by law for every citizen who is 18 or older
Like in most European countries, the Greek national sport is football (Soccer)
Greece has one of the lowest divorce rates in the EU. Greece traditionally also has the highest abortion rates
Until the Year 1983, leprosy was grounds for divorce in Greece.
St Andrew and St George, are not only the patron saints of Scotland and England, but they are also patron saints of Greece.
Greece is the 3rd biggest producer and distributor of olives in the world.
The country´s motto is “Freedom or Death”
Greece has more archaeological museums than any other country in the world.
The first nude scene in European Cinema History came from a Greek Movie.
The Greek said to be the most sexual active nation in Europe