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Capital : Andorra la Vella
Language : Catalan
Currency :  Euro
Population : 78 014
Area : 468  km2

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Greece facts

1. Independence from the Ottoman Empire was obtained on March 25, 1821.
2. Population density is 82 people per km2.
3. The country is 2.4 times smaller than Poland.
4. The main religion is Orthodoxy, 87%.
5. The longest river is Aliakmon, 297 km long.
6. The full name of the country – the Hellenic Republic.
7. Crete is the largest island.
9. The highest peak is Mount Olymp, 2917 m above sea level.
10. Country motto: “Freedom or death”.

11. Greece has one of the largest marine fleets in the world. Over 1,800 merchant ships are in use.

12. About 10% of adult Greeks are unemployed, it’s hard to find jobs even with higher education.

13. Employees are entitled to over a month of paid leave each year.

14. Waving with an open hand is considered an insult.

15. The Greek language is one of the oldest in Europe.

16. Greek Orthodox Church prohibits cremation of corpses.

17. There are over 2,000 islands in Greece.

18. 7% of marble in the world is extracted in Greece.

Author: Turyst

19. Voting is obligatory for every citizen over 18 years of age.

20. There are 39 airports that meet international standards.

21. Almost 80% of Greece is mountainous.

22. Thousands of English words come from the Greek language.

Author: MR

23. Greece has one of the lowest divorce rates in the European Union.

24. The Greeks sacrificed one hundred Zeus bulls at each ancient Olympiad.

25. The work of Greek mathematicians such as Pythagoras, Euclid, Archimedes and Apollonius began modern mathematics.

26. In ancient Greece, soldiers wore bronze armor weighing up to 33 kilograms.

27. The farthest possible distance on land from the sea is 140 km.

Author: MR

28. The Greek language began to be used more than 3,000 years ago.

29. The people of this country are eating the most feta cheese in the world.

30. There are the most archaeological museums in the world.

Author: MR

31. Currently, the Greeks must serve from one year to 18 months in any branch of the armed forces.

32. Athens is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It is also the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, political sciences, western literature, historiography, the main mathematical principles and western theories of drama and comedy.

Author: MR

33. After the center of the Greek capital on even days (from Monday to Friday) only cars with even registration numbers can move, and vice versa.

Author: Irena

34. In Greece, the land is too valuable to hide the dead in it (rocky country), that’s why graves are used only for storing corpses. The bodies of the deceased after a few years of burial are exhumed and the remains are put in small boxes and stored on shelves in special rooms near the churches. The Greeks only keep their bones after their ancestors.

35. The ancient Greeks thought that not everyone who looks like a dead person is actually dead, so they were sure to cut off his finger before he was buried.

Author: Fiołek

36. In restaurants, there is always a fee for bread, even if the bread is not ordered. This is a de facto payment for the plate counted from each guest and the form of a tip.

37. Taximeters in taxis are never turned on! If you have a large baggage, you will pay more.

38. In Greece, stray animals do not bother anyone. On hot days, they sleep in parks, gardens, shady places in cities, even at shop windows. Nobody is chasing them away.

39. There are no desserts in the menu in Greece. They are served in restaurants as a mandatory point (without ordering) at the end together with crayfish. There are even 2 desserts in good restaurants.

40. In Greece, the ordered dishes are always set in the middle of the table so that everyone can help themselves.

Author: Sierfly

41. Position in the best world army list:
      – 2015 year – 56 place,
      – 2018 year – 27 place.

42. Number of soldiers:
      – 2014 year – 177,000 professional and 280,000 reservists, < br>       – 2018 year – 161 500 professional and 252,200 reservists.

43. Number of equipment:
      – 2014 year – 1200 tanks, 3570 armored vehicles, 625 jet aircraft and 200 helicopters,
      – 2018 year – 1335 tanks, 4209 armored vehicles, 565 jet aircraft and 225 helicopters.

44. Expenses for the army:
      – 2014 year – $6,500,000,000 ,
      – 2018 year – $6,540,000,000 .

45. Maritime fleet …
      – in 2014 , the year was around 120 ships, in 2018 of the year it’s about 114 ships.

Author: Wojak

46. The permissible blood alcohol content in a person driving a car is 0.5 promille.

47. On the Itaka island, people live an average of 10 years longer than in other places in Europe.

Author: alfa

48. Greece has the longest hymn in the world. It consists of 158 verses.

Author: Katarzyna

49. Over 10 percent of the homeless Greeks graduated from the university.

Author: Renata

50. The minimum wage is 683.76 Euro per month and 4.23 Euro per hour (data from 2013).

Author: Daria

51. In 2018, the average monthly salary in this country is 1 060 €.

52. The amount of income tax in Greece in the first year is 58% for earnings lower than 50,000 euros, and 66% for earnings greater than 50,000 euros. In subsequent years, 29% with earnings less than 50,000 euros and 33% with larger earnings

53. Men and women can retire at the age of 67.

54. The unemployment rate in 2018 is 19.5% .

Author: Daria

55. 3 Greeks have accumulated assets greater than a billion US dollars.

56. The richest of them is Philip Niarchos with assets worth over $2.5 billion.

Author: $$$NaBogato$$$

57. In Greece, an average person consumes about 10.3 liters of pure alcohol per year.

Author: AlkoWorld

58. The national alcohol is Ouzo and Raki.

59. The most wine is drunk – 47%, then beer – 28%, spirit – 24.6%, and other alcoholic beverages – 0.4%.

Author: AlkoWorld

60. In this country, compulsory education lasts 10 years.

Author: EduKacJa

61. The beginning of education begins at the age of 6.

62. The average IQ level is 92.

Author: EduKacJa

63. A national animal is a mythical phoenix.

Author: Kos

64. The change from daylight saving time to winter time (turning clockwise back one hour) is the last Sunday in October.

Author: Adrianna

65. The national tree is an olive tree.

Author: Alma

66. The built-up speed limit is 50 km / h.

67. Outside of built-up areas, the permitted speed on the regular road is 90 km / h, and on motorways 130 km / h.

68. In 2013, 865 people lost their lives as a result of traffic accidents.

69. In this country, over 8,035,000 motor vehicles are registered (741 vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants).

Author: AutoMania

70. On July 21, 365, an earthquake hit Crete. which caused powerful tsunami waves. which is estimated. that she could have killed even half a million people.

Author: Fiorella

71. In this country there are over 116 960 km of paved roads including over 1 091 km of expressways (0.18% of all roads in the world).

72. In this country there are 77 airports, 68 with paved surface.

73. In this country there are over 2,548 km of railway tracks.

74. In Athens, there is a 84.7 km metro line (61 stations). It was opened in 1904. Approximately 490 million people use it annually.

Author: Marlène

75. In this country, over 6 834 000 (2015) 7 815 926 (2018) people have access to internet (approximately 72% of the population).

76. About 4,800,000 (2015) 5,000,000 (2018) accounts on Facebook.

Author: NET

77. The national top-level domain is .gr . There are over 370 440 websites with such an extension.

78. The most popular pages with the extension .gr are: google.gr, newsit.gr and newsbomb.gr.

Author: http

79. The country has 2018 over $7 345 million 000 in foreign exchange reserves (0.05% of foreign exchange reserves of all countries of the world).

80. Amount of gold reserves in …
      – 2015 year was 112600 kg ,
      – 2018 year is 113000 kg

Author: Vinamra

81. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) …
      – in 2015 the year is $252 418 000 000 ,
      – 2018 is $200,000,000,000 .

82. Internal debt at the beginning …
      – 2015 year was 177.1% GDP, or around: $447 032 278 000 ,
      – 2018 of the year was 179% GDP, or around: $358,000,000,000 . To pay it off, each citizen would have to give around $33,005.

83. Foreign debt at the beginning …
      – 2015 the year was around: $514 400 000 000 ,
      – 2018 of the year is around: $467 495 000 000 .

Author: Komornik

84. 20% of adults living in this country are overweight.

Author: Łasuch

85. In this country an adult person smokes an average of 250 cigarettes a month. Most of all countries in the world.

Author: VViki

86. In this country there are 2.3% of people above 15 years of age who can not read or write (approximately 249 481 people).

Author: Reebeka

87. The lowest temperature: 27.8 °C was measured in Ptolemaida.

Author: weather

88. The highest temperature: 48 °C was measured in Athens.

Author: weather

89. The most deadly disease in this country is heart failure.

Author: medi

90. The average life expectancy in this country is 80.6 years (women – 83.6 years and men – 77.6 years).

Author: Wilga

91. 2 Greek citizens received the Nobel Prize.

Author: redsun

92. On the island of Zakynthos is the largest flag of Greece. It has been entered into the Guinness Book of Records as the largest national flag in the world. Its dimensions are 18 x 36 meters.

Author: CzołgistaWiesław

93. On February 18, 1952, Greece joined the political and military organization called NATO.

Author: Weteran

94. In this country, men and women can get married at the age of 18.

95. In this country, women having their first child on average 31.2 years old.

96. 10 women give birth to 14 children on average

Author: Nadia

97. The average age people living in this country is 43.8 years.

98. The country is around:
1 520 000 people (14.01%) in the age range 0-14 years.
7 108 000 people (65.53%) in the age range 15-64 years.
2 219 300 people (20.46%) over 65 years old.

99. In this country, about 93 900 children are born annually (0.9% of the population), and about 120,000 people die (1.1% of the population).

Author: Sara19

100. Australia and Greece are the only countries that have represented their teams in all modern Olympics.

Author: Liliana

101. The percentage share in the global Greek economy in 2015 is 0.33% (for comparison, Poland’s share is 0.74%, and the United States – 23.32%).

Author: Setar

102. There are 81520 km2 of agricultural land in Greece (62% of the country).

103. 225 people in 1000 possess firearms.

104. The highest located town in the country is Samarina, Seli and Aetomilitsa.

105. In this country, formalities related to the establishment of the company last 38 days.

106. He joined the United Nations on October 25, 1945.

107. The work week is 40 hours.

108. 61% of the country’s population lives in urban areas.

109. 38124 km2 of the country is covered by forests (29.2%)

110. The last death penalty was carried out in 1972.

Author: Statyk

111. In this country, the amount of income tax for natural persons is 45%, and for companies – 29% (2018).

112. The tax on goods and services is 24% (2018).

113. The level of inflation in 2018 is 0.9%.

Author: Fan%

114. In 2017, the human mandible was found in Greece from 7.2 million years ago. This may be proof that people do not really come from Africa, but from Europe.

Author: Bartek

What is the highest peak in Greece?
The highest peak in Greece is Mytikas (2917 m above sea level).

answer: Marta

What is the largest river in Greece?
The biggest river in Greece is Aliakmon, 297 km.

answer: Marta

What is the largest lake in Greece?
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What is the national dish?
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Which Greece has national colors?
National colors: blue and white.

answer: Marta

What is national alcohol?
The national alcohol is Ouzo and Raki.

answer: Marta

What is the national animal?
A national animal is a mythical phoenix.

answer: Marta

What is the national sport?
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Which countries borders Greece?
Greece borders with countries such as: Albania 282 km, Bulgaria 494 km, Turkey 206 km, Macedonia 246 km.

answer: Marta

What is the average age of people living in this country?
The average age people living in this country is 43.8 years.

answer: Marta

What is the minimum wage?
The minimum wage is 683.76 Euro per month and 4.23 Euro per hour (data from 2013).

answer: Marta

What is the population density in Greece?
The population density is 83 people per km2.

answer: Marta

What is the motto of this country?
Country motto: “Freedom or death”.

answer: Marta

What is the highest temperature recorded in this country?
The highest temperature: 48 ° C was measured in Athens.

answer: Marta

What is the lowest temperature recorded in this country?
The lowest temperature: 27.8 ° C was measured in Ptolemaida.

answer: Marta

answer: Marta