Greece is a country in southeastern Europe with thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. Influential in ancient times, it's often called the cradle of Western civilization. Athens, its capital, retains landmarks including the 5th-century B.C. Acropolis citadel with the Parthenon temple. Greece is also known for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos.
Languages: Greek 99% (official), other 1% (includes English and French)
Ethnic Groups: Greek 93%, other (foreign citizens) 7%; note: percents represent citizenship, since Greece does not collect data on ethnicity
Belief Systems: Greek Orthodox 98%, Muslim 1.3%, other 0.7%
Population: 11.5 million people (World Rank: 75th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 227 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 121st) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 0.235 %/yr (World Rank: 190th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 80.8 years (World Rank: 22nd) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 41.8 years (World Rank: 8th) (2010 estimate)
Sites for More Information:
Map of Greece
Map from Cartographic Division of the United Nations
Travel Info for Greece
in Washington D.C.
Greek Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger.