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Facts about Greece

Greece has over 6,000 islands with 15,000 miles of coastline, scattered in the Aegean and the Ionian Seas, and even though a lifetime may not be enough to visit them all, you will be able to make your own itinerary, and visit the ones that you think are the most interesting or those that suit your taste best.

Facts about Greece

Greece is the sunniest place in Europe. Greece has 250 sunny days per year or 3000 hours of sunshine a year, which makes it one of the sunniest countries in Europe.


The Greeks are the most sexually active nation in the world according to many types of research done by the company producing condoms.

Greece Sea

Did you know that there is no place in Greece that is more than 85 miles (137 kilometers) away from the sea?

old people

The nursing homes are rare in Greece in contrast to most of the world countries, most older people live with their families until they die.

Soldiers WW2

Greece was the first country that achieved victory over the Axis forces in the Second World war.

Greece Olympics

Greece holds the record for Olympic medals in proportion to the population of a country. Greece won a medal for every 52 900 people.


When Solon gave the Athenian citizens the right to vote, he established the modern democracy.

Greek Cookbook

One of the first Cookbook was written by a Greek chef Arhestratus in the 5th century BC and called it “Gastronomy” – here’s where it comes from this word!

greek philosophers

The ancient Greek thinkers such as Socrates, Aristotle and Plato opened the way for modern Western thought by focusing on evidence and logic.

Greece Mythology

The Greek myths continue to influence discussions and our art. It is also evident the similarity of today’s superheroes and Greek mythical hero.


Long before NASA, the ancient Greeks had made important discoveries about the Earth. Anaxagoras had understood the cause of the eclipse and Aristarchus was the first to propose the fixed position of the sun.

Greece Oliveoil Production

Greece is the third country in the world olive production. The olive cultivation began in our places of antiquity.

Greek Merchant Fleet

Greek merchant fleet reaches 70% of all European ships. It is the largest in the world as well.


Greek doctor, Georgios Papanikolaou, invented the Papanicolaou stain, thus saving millions of women around the world. He wasn’t awarded by a Nobel Prize committee that year.

Mount Olympus

80% of the country’s territory is mountainous. The country has neither a navigable river, because of this particular geomorphology.


Gyros is a traditional Greek dish of meat roasted on a vertical spit. It usually serves as a sandwich, with tomato, onions, tzatziki salad or sour cream, wrapped in special bread and pie.

Greece Coastline

The country’s coastline is the tenth longest in the world.

Greek Folk Dance

Greece has 63 folk dances. Greeks love to play and dance.

Yo Yo

Yo-Yo’s second oldest toy in the world. It was 3000 years ago in ancient Greece.

Greece Sponge

It is also the first country in the world to trade… sponges.


Greek currency, the drachma, as of the year 2002, was used for 2650 years. It is also the oldest currency in Europe. In 2002, drachma was replaced by the euro.

ancient greek surgery

Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine was among the first people who studied the human body and the medical profession was under its influence.

Greece Tourism

On average, more than 20 million tourists arrive each year in Greece. This means that visitors outnumber the local population of about 10 million.

Santa Claus

Santa Claus is a word of Greek origin. St. Nicholas was a rich Greek who gave his money to the poor.


Approximately 100,000 birds from northern Europe and Asia, wintering in our area.

Easter Greece

The main religious holidays in Greece are Easter and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Many Greeks for these holidays go back to their native places to celebrate it with roast lamb and good wine.

First Olympic Games

The first Olympic Games were held in 776 B.C. The Greek tradition of athletic nudity (gymnos) was introduced in 720 BC by the Spartans and this was adopted early in the Olympics as well.

Greece Marble

Approximately 7% of all the marble produced in the world comes from Greece. The domestic law requires 75% of the ships’ crew have Greek nationality.

Greek Feta Cheese

Feta is a brined curd white cheese made from sheep’s milk or from a mixture of sheep and goat’s milk. Feta is used as a table cheese, as well as in salads (e.g. the Greek salad) and pastries. The average consumption of cheese per capita is the highest in the world.

Greece Museums

Greece has more museums than any other country in the world.

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