Facts About Greece

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Fact 1: The official name of Greece is the Hellenic Republic. Mountains occupy about 80 percent of the landscape of Greece.

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Fact 2: One-half of the country is barren while the other half has forests. Greece has around 3,000 islands. Only a few hundred of the Greek islands are inhabited by people.

Fact 3:  There are about 7,000 caves in Greece which can be organized into nearly 24,000 kilometers in length of underground galleries.

Fact 4: Greece is in southern Europe and is bordered by the Aegean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and Ionian Sea. The country is located between Turkey and Albania.

Fact 5: The geographic coordinates of Greece are 39 degrees N and 22 degrees E.

Fact 6: The total area of the country of Greece is 131,957 square kilometers. The size, when compared with other countries in the world, ranks in 97th position.

Fact 7: The area occupied by land is 130,647 square kilometers while the area occupied by water is 1,310 square kilometers.

Fact 8: The total land boundary extends about 1,228 kilometers. Albania extends away from Greece by 282 km, Turkey by 206 km, Bulgaria by 494 km, and Macedonia by 246 km.

Fact 9: The length of the coastline of Greece is 13,676 kilometers. The lowest point in Greece is observed as the Mediterranean Sea at zero meters, and the highest point as Mount Olympus at 2,917 meters.

Fact 10: There are about 63 different types of folk dances in Greece.  The natural resources of Greece include: petroleum, iron ore, lead, zinc, bauxite, nickel, salt, magnesite, lignite, and marble.

Fact 11: The area of the irrigated land, as per the estimation made in 2003, is 15,500 square kilometers.

Fact 12: The population of Greece, as per the census made in 2011, is 10,767,827. It stands in 78th position population wise in the entire world.

Fact 13: The official language used is Greek by 99 percent of the population. The English and French languages are spoken by one percent of the population.

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