Facts About Greece

Facts about Greece

There are many interesting facts about Greece, and it was hard to choose which ones should be included in the list below. We have tried to cover a full range of facts including facts about Ancient Greece to Greek facts for kids. We hope you enjoy them!

Interesting facts about Greece

  1. The total population of Greece is 11,304,000.
  2. The capital of Greece is Athens which has a population of 655,780 people.
  3. Greek food is diverse. Typical Greek ingredients are: olive oil, herbs, vegetables, grains, bread, chicken, rabbit, pork, fish, bread, cheese, eggplant and yogurt. Greek deserts commonly include nuts, honey and filo pastry.
  4. Greece has been struggling financially, In November 2012 there debt was cut form 51 billion euros to 32 billion.
  5. It is compulsory for all Greek men to serve between one year and eighteen months in the Greek national forces.
  6. The area of Greece is 50,961 square miles.
  7. The Greek national sport is football.
  8. Around 40% of the Greek population live in the capital city, Athens.
  9. Although not as common as Greek tourists believe there is a Greek tradition of throwing plates on the floor whilst music is played during special meals.
  10. An interesting fact about Greece is that it has one of the lowest divorce rates in the EU.
  11. The life expectancy of an ancient Greek was: Males: 45 years old, Females: 36 years olds.
  12. The life expectancy of a modern day Greek person is relatively high: Males: 75.66 years old, Females: 81.88 years old.
  13. A popular Greek tradition is called 'name day' (link here). Each name that come from a religious saint has a given day each year which is celebrated by the church. People who share the same name also celebrate the day, often receiving gifts from their friends and family. Name days are even more important than birthdays in Greece!
  14. The majority of Greek people who are religious are Greek Orthodox (98% of the country).
  15. Greece has had a long history of dispute with neighbouring Turkey. They are in dispute over Cyprus.
  16. In October 2012 it was recored that 26.8% of the Greek population are unemployed.

Facts about Ancient Greece

  1. Athens is one of the oldest cities in Europe. The first Greek inhabitants first lived there over 7000 years ago.
  2. One of the most famous Greek Temples is the Parthenon. It was built in 438 B.C. for Athena, who was the Greek goddess of war. The Parthenon is one of the most popular attractions for Greek tourists.
  3. In 1453 A.D Greece fell to the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Greece was under the Ottoman Empire for 376 years until they were freed in 1829.
  4. There are many Ancient Greeks who have been credited with inventing mathematical concepts that are used today. Greek mathematicians include Pythagorus, Euclid, Archimedes, and Apollonius.

Greece facts for kids

  1. A large amount of the Greek population are superstitious.
  2. Migrating birds from Europe and Asia spend the winter in Greece.
  3. Greece has the largest naval army in the world.
  4. The Greek National Anthem contains 158 verses.
  5. Traditional Greek names are derived from religious saints.
  6. There are many Greek Myths, one of which is about the one eyed giant called the Cyclops.
  7. According to Greek law 75% of a ships crew must be Greek.
  8. Greece has an estimated 2000 islands, with the biggest one being Crete.
  9. The maximum distance between any point in Greece and the sea is 85 miles.
  10. Greece is the 3rd biggest producer and distributor of olives in the world.
  11. It is estimated that just over 12 million people around the world speak Greek.
  12. Education in Greek has been improving over recent years. In 1950 only 30% of Greek adults could read and write, now that number has increased to 95%.
  13. The Greek leader Alexander the great was the first ruler to put his face on the Greek coins. Prior to this the faces of Greek Gods were put on coins.
  14. Greece is officially called the Hellenic Republic.
  15. 80% of Greece is made up of mountains.
  16. Greece homes a diverse range of wildlife. This includes:
    • 116 different types of mammals
    • 59 different types of reptiles
    • 240 different types of bird
    • 107 different types of fish
  17. Greece has 9000 miles of coastline, making it the 10th longest coastline in the world.
  18. The Greek language is the oldest spoken language in Europe.
  19. Greek people wave with a closed hand as it is considered rude to show your palm of you hand in public.
  20. One hundred bulls would be sacrificed to the Greek God called Zeus.
  21. Greece produces approximately 7% of the worlds marble.
  22. The whether in Greece is very nice, with 250 days of the year being sunshine. This is the equivalent of 180000 minutes of sunshine in a year!
  23. Political voting in Greece is compulsory, it is actually against the law for people over 18 not to vote.
  24. Greece is the birthplace of the Olympic Games with the first one taking place in 776 BC. The first Olympic Champion was a Greek cook called Coroebus was was the fastest sprinter that year.
  25. Greece is a very popular tourist attraction with 16.5 million tourists visiting each year. A huge attraction are the ancient Greek Temples that populate the country. Conveniently Greece has more airports than most other counties in Europe to cater for its popularity.