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Greece

Background

Greece

Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1829. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between supporters of the king and other anti-Communists and Communist rebels. Following the latter's defeat in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952. In 1967, a group of military officers seized power, establishing a military dictatorship that suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country. In 1974, democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. In 1981, Greece joined the EC (now the EU); it became the 12th member of the European Economic and Monetary Union in 2001. In 2010, the prospect of a Greek default on its euro-denominated debt created severe strains within the EMU and raised the question of whether a member country might voluntarily leave the common currency or be removed.

About

Greece (Ελλάς, Hellas) is a country in Southern Europe, on the southernmost tip of the Balkan peninsula, with extensive coastlines and islands in the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas. It shares borders in the north with Albania, the Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey. It has an ancient culture that has had a significant influence on the arts, language, philosophy, politics, and sports of western society, including the genres of comedy and drama, western alphabets, Platonic ideals and the Socratic method, democracies and republics, and the Olympics. Furthermore it's a geographically appealing place to visit, with a mountainous mainland and idyllic island beaches.

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Featured hotels in

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GreeceMystique Santorini 

Oia
Santorini 84702
Greece

Price (US$): $852 - $1520 / night

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Location. Mystique Santorini is a business friendly hotel located in Santorini's Oia neighborhood, close to Naval Museum, Oia Castle, and Baxedes Beach. Other area points of interest include Archaeological Museum and Nea Kameni Volcano. Hotel Features. Mystique Santorini's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary cooked to order breakfast each morning in the… more »

GreeceAmirandes Grecotel Exclusive 

Gouves
Chersonissos 71110
Greece

Price (US$): $549 - $2364 / night

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Location. Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive is located on the beach in Chersonissos's Gouves neighborhood, close to Cretaquarium. Other points of interest are Crete Golf Club and Aquaworld Aquarium Hersonissos Crete. Hotel Features. Dining options at Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive include 6 restaurants. A beach bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves hot and cold buffet breakfasts each morning (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities… more »

GreeceSENTIDO Port Royal Villas & Spa 

Terma Eukalyptou Str.
Kolymbia, Afandou
Rhodes 85100
Greece

Price (US$): $204 - $682 / night

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Location. SENTIDO Port Royal Villas & Spa is located on the beach in Rhodes's Kolymbia neighborhood, close to Tsambika Monastery, Seven Springs, and Tsambika Beach. Other points of interest are Afandou Golf Course and Anthony Quinn Bay. Hotel Features. Dining options at SENTIDO Port Royal Villas & Spa include 2 restaurants. 2 bars/lounges and a poolside bar are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast. Recreational amenities… more »

GreecePoseidonion Grand Hotel 

Dapia
Spetses Town 18050
Greece

Price (US$): $215 - $347 / night

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Location. Poseidonion Grand Hotel is located near the beach in Spetses Town and close to Bouboulina's Museum, Spetses Beach, and Nikolaos Monastery. Additional points of interest include Spetses Lighthouse. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, facials, and beauty services. This 5 star property has a 24 hour business center and offers secretarial services, limo/town car service… more »

GreeceGrand Lagonissi Resort 

40th km Athinon-Sounio, Athens
Lagonissi 190 10
Greece

Price (US$): $541 - $4026 / night

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Location. Grand Lagonissi Resort is located on the beach in Lagonissi's Athens Coast neighborhood and local attractions include Vouliagmeni Spa Lake. Regional points of interest also include Kavouri Beach and Factory Outlet Airport. Resort Features. Grand Lagonissi Resort features a beach bar, a bar/lounge, and a swim up bar. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The resort serves a complimentary full breakfast each morning in the restaurant. Recreational amenities include a health club… more »

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Greece

Full name
Hellenic Republic
Capital
Athens
Location

Southern Europe, bordering the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea, between Albania and Turkey

Geographic coordinates

39 00 N, 22 00 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Alabama

Border countries

Albania 282 km, Bulgaria 494 km, Turkey 206 km, Macedonia 246 km

Coastline

13,676 km

Climate

temperate; mild, wet winters; hot, dry summers

Terrain

mostly mountains with ranges extending into the sea as peninsulas or chains of islands

Lowest point

Mediterranean Sea 0 m

Highest point

Mount Olympus 2,917 m

Natural resources

lignite, petroleum, iron ore, bauxite, lead, zinc, nickel, magnesite, marble, salt, hydropower potential

Population

10,749,943 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

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

Religions

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

Languages

Greek 99% (official), other 1% (includes English and French)

Government type

parliamentary republic

Independence

1829 (from the Ottoman Empire)

National holiday

Independence Day, 25 March (1821)

Chief of state

President Karolos PAPOULIAS (since 12 March 2005)

Head of government

Prime Minister Georgios Andreas PAPANDREOU (since 6 October 2009)

Internet country code

.gr

Internet users

4.971 million (2009)

Airports

81 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Agioi Theodoroi, Aspropyrgos, Pachi, Piraeus, Thessaloniki

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