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Greece is a country located in the south-eastern part of Europe right at the end of the Balkan Peninsula. Its official name is the Hellenic Republic. Hellenic is another word for Greek and means the same thing. In fact, it was the Romans that named the country Graecia and its people Graeci, but the Greeks call their land Hellas and themselves Hellenes. The Roman empire and Greece have a long and very intertwined history!


The capital city Athens has many ruins of archaeological significance and is home to about 4 million of the country’s 11 million inhabitants.

Greece is well-known for its culture, the Greek gods, the stunning scenery, and the many ancient ruins that survive today. It is sometimes called the ‘cradle of western civilisation’ because it is the place where democracy was created.

Grab a copy of the Greece ebook to learn more about Greece, its cuisine and try some activities; and see why it is one of our favourite places to visit!

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The Vital Stats:

  • Population: 11 million (2019)

  • Area: 131,957 sq km (95th in the world)

  • Capital: Athens

  • Official Languages: Greek

  • Say Hello: Ya Sas (or Ya Su! - informal)

  • Currency: Euro

  • National Anthem: Hymn to Liberty

  • National Motto: “Freedom or Death”

  • Greeks drive on the: Right of the road

Did you know?

  • Athens has been lived in by humans for over 7,000 years making it one of the oldest cities in Europe. Today, 40% of the Greek population lives there.

  • Alexander the Great was a Greek born in Macedon and is considered one of the greatest military commanders of all time. He was only 30 when he had created his massive empire which stretched from Greece to India.

  • Greece is the home of democracy with democratic systems dating back to the 5th century BCE. Back then it was a direct democracy, and to vote, you had to be a citizen and male.

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