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General information about Greece
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GEOGRAPHY
Coordinates: 39 00 Β, 22 00 Α
Greece is situated in the Southeast corner of Europe and covers an area of 131.957 sq. km Its population is 10.939.771 (2001) (of which 60,8% urban and 39.2% rural -- 49,12% male and 50,88% female)
Highest mountain: Olympus, 2.917 m.
Its capital is Athens
Local time: GMT +2 hours


CLIMATE
Greece has a Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunlight, mild temperatures and limited rainfall.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Regime: Presidential Parliamentary Republic

President of the Hellenic Republic: Mr Karolos Papoulias (since 12 March 2005)

Parliament: 300 MP's, elected every 4 years

Currency: Euro (340,75 drachmas) (since 01.01.2002)


REGIONS
13 Peripheries and the Monastic State of Agion Oros (Athos) (a self-governed region)

51 Prefectures

901 Municipalities and 130 Communes


RELIGION
Christian Orthodox: 98%

Muslim: 1,3%

Other: 0,7%


OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS
1st January: New Year

6th January: Epiphany

10th March: Ash Monday

25th March: National Holiday (Independence Day / Feast of Annunciation)

25th April: Good Friday

27 th April: Holy Easter

28th April: Easter Monday

1st May: Labour Day

16th June: Whit Monday

15th August: Dormition (Assumption) of The Virgin Mary

28th October: National Holiday

25th December: Christmas

26th December: Induction of The Virgin Mary


TRANSPORTATION
Greece has 37 airports. Athens Venizelos International Airport, inaugurated March 2001, is the largest in the country connecting with 157 countries and accommodating 16 million passengers annually.

Greece also has 525 ports, the largest being that of Piraeus.

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