Greece

Greece is one of the first regions in Europe where early civilization began, which makes this country a tourist hot-spot filled with ancient sites and historical attractions. Greece has long been a tourist attraction for individuals around the world seeking to get a glimpse of its classical past. In more recent times, Greece has also become a magnet for travelers looking for exquisite cuisine, bustling city life and beautiful islands.

Location

Greece is located in south-eastern Europe and borders Albania, Bulgaria and Turkey. It is also situated in between the Aegean Sea on its east and the Mediterranean Sea to the south.  Greece is known for its beautiful coastline which stretches for 14,880 km and features over 1,400 islands.

People

People in Greece are very passionate about their culture and their history. They are more than happy to take the time out to explain historical facts to tourists that are interested in learning more about the region. Greeks are very friendly and hospitable to visitors. Majority of individuals speak English in order to better communicate with foreigners.

Events

There are many celebrations and festivals in Greece throughout the year known as ‘Panagiri’. The majority of festivals in Greece are based on religious purposes and are usually celebrated according to the Greek Orthodox calendar. Besides the religious celebrations, there are several cultural, sporting, theatrical and musical events that take place mainly during the summers.

Weather

There are three main types of climate in Greece—Mediterranean, Alpine and Temperate. Mediterranean climates are typically warm summers and wet winters, Alpine temperatures are seen in the mountainous regions and the temperate climate features colder winters and hot summers that have frequent thunderstorms. The capital city of Athens features both Mediterranean and Temperature weather patterns.

General
LanguageGreek, English
Time ZoneEET (UTC-2)
Dialing Code+30
Major CitiesAthens, Drama, Thessaloniki, Piraeus, Patra
CurrencyEuro
ClothingCasual warm clothing during the summers with light sweaters at night or during the colder months
 Health Related
Mortality Rate10.61 deaths/ population
Life Expectancy77 M / 82 F
Patient : Physician Ratio230: 1
Hospitals JCI accredited1
Recommended VaccinationsHepatitis A, MMR, Diphtheria-tetanus, Influenza, Yellow fever
Other InfectionsCrimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, tick-borne encephalitis, Leishmaniasis, HIV
 Tourism Related
Population11,317,192
Global Competitiveness83/139
Tourism Competitiveness24/133
GDP/Capita$29,059
Health and Hygiene6.4/7
Safety and Security5.6/7
Air Transport Infrastructure4.7/7
Tourism Infrastructure6.7/7
Cultural Resources5.0/7
Visa Requirements40/133
Reliability of Police Services63/133
Physician Density1/133
Hospital Beds37/133
Quality of Air Transport Infrastructure40/133
International Air Transport Network44/133
Quality of Roads47/133
Hotel Rooms4/133
Tourism Openness50/133
Attitude of Population Towards Foreign Visitors16/133

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