Facts about Greece

Facts about Greece

  1. Greece’s official name is Hellas. The Chinese name for Greece “Xila”  is one of the closest to the official name attributed by a foreign country.
  2. Greece has a population of about 11 Million.
  3. Athens is the largest city and capital of Greece. Other major cities include Thessaloniki, Patra, Heraklion.
  4. Greece is a parliamentary republic. The nominal head of state is the president of the republic.
  5. Greece is a developed country with an advanced high-income economy
  6. Greece has very high standards of living
  7. Greece is a European Union and Schengen country, member of UN, NATO, World Trade Organization and other international institutions and organizations.
  8. Greece is the cradle of Western Civilization with over 5,000 years of history. It has the largest influence in the western world than any other country
  9. Greece is inhabited since prehistoric times 7th millennium BC.
  10. The Greek language is one of the oldest and most sophisticated languages in the world. Tens of thousands of English words are inherited by the Greek language.
  11. Greece is the birthplace of democracy, arts, architecture, sciences, literature and the Olympic Games. Modern Greece still influences the World.
  12. Greece offers over 100 outstanding archaeological sites such as the Acropolis, Delphi, Olympia, Knossos and Mycenae
  13. Greece has a strategic position in the world and is a gateway to European Union. it lies at the meeting point of three continents – Europe, Asia and Africa
  14. Greece has a pleasurable Mediterranean climate with mild temperatures and an average of 280 sunny days/year.
  15. Greece is one of the top tourist and hospitable destinations in the world (est. 19 Million visitors in 2013)
  16. Greece has over 1,400 Islands. Crete, Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Zakynthos, Corfu are amongst the most popular.
  17. Greece has the largest coastline in Europe with 16.000 kilometers of coastline, comparable to countries such as China.
  18. Greece with about 150 mountains is one of the most mountainous countries in Europe. The Olympus mountain is the highest mountain in Greece with the highest peak at 2,917 meters
  19. Greece has  minimal pollution and low crime rates
  20. Greece has a well-developed infrastructure of 48 airports, 140 ports, and an advanced network of highway and railway  systems
  21. The Athens Airport is considered one of the most functional and Modern in Europe offering a direct connection to almost all European Countries and major destinations in the world.
  22.  Public Education is provided free of charge in Greece.
  23. Greece has one of the highest living expectancy rates in the world
  24. Greek Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, vegetables and fruits is considered one of the healthiest and most balanced diets.
  25. Greece is ranked among the first two top countries on the Blue Flag quality award list of countries for the cleanness, organization, safety and environmental protection of  Beaches and Marinas.
  26. Greece has over 200 state museums and 107 private where visitors can admire unique works of arts and sciences that travel back to over 6,000 years. The National Archaeological Museum and the Acropolis museum both with their exquisite collections are considered two of the most important.
  27. Greece has one of the largest Casino in Europe, the “club-hotel Casino Loutraki” located in the city of Loutraki, close to Athens
  28. Greece in Piraeus has one of the Largest Sea and Container Ports in Europe  (2 Million containers/year).
  29. Greece host one of the largest Chinese investments of strategic importance in Europe implemented by the Chinese shipping company COSCO group.
  30. Greece successfully hosted the Olympic Games in 2004. A great achievement considering the size of the country.
  31. Contrary to the common belief, Greeks are the most hard-working people in Europe. The average Greek is working a full 40% longer than the average German. (OECD stats)

The Greek Economy

  1. Greece is a member of the Euro-zone, The European Economic Zone.
  2. The official currency in Greece since 2002 is the Euro (EUR)
  3. The Tourist and Shipping industries are the top contributors to the Greek economy
  4. Greece is the largest economy in the Balkans.
  5. Greece is one of the leading producers of olive oil. Greek olives and Greek Feta are considered of the highest quality.
  6. Greece has the largest merchant navy in the world
  7. According to the latest preliminary studies, Greece has potential large reserves of natural resources of oil and gas.

Health Care in Greece

  • Greece has a universal Health Care system
  • Life expectancy in Greece is 80.3 years, above the average of 79.5
  • Health care in Greece is provided through national or private health insurance
  • Greece has 131 hospitals and 35,000 beds (2009)
  • Greece has the largest number of doctors-to-population ratio of any OECD  country
  • Infant mortality is one of the lowest in the developed world
  • The largest general hospital in Greece is “Evangelismos” General Hospital of Athens with 1,100 beds.
  • The largest Private Hospital in Greece is “Mitera” (Children’s & Maternity Hospital )
  • The “Interbalkan European Medical Center” in Thessaloniki in Greece  is one of the best in  Europe
  • A residence permit in Greece gives access to the Health Care System.

The Education in Greece

  • Greece has many high-quality State-owned &  Foreign (mainly British & American) Universities, Schools and Colleges.
  • The Literacy level in Greece is  98 % of the population; one of the highest in the world
  • Public Education in Greece is provided free of tuition fees and textbooks are provided for free
  • The English Language is taught at all educational levels starting from primary school up to the University level
  • Almost in all cities in Greece, there are Private English Schools where children can attend supplementary English classes after school
  • The most top-ranking  Public Universities in Greece include:
    • The National Technical University of Athens
    • The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (One of the top ranking in the world)
    • The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
    • The University of Crete
    • Athens University of Economy and Business
  • Top distance learning University: The Hellenic Open University
  • Many authorized Colleges, Institutions & Universities in  Greece offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the English language in collaboration with British and American Universities that can lead to  Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Titles; The Academic titles offered are accredited by foreign Universities.
  • Some of the foreign Colleges and Universities in Greece include:
    • The American College of Greece
    • University of Indianapolis
    • The New York College
    • The Mediterranean College
    • The BCA College
    • The British Hellenic College
    • The IST College
  • A residence permit in Greece gives access to the Free Public Education