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About 80% of Greece is covered with mountains and 50% by forests There are around 6000 islands in Greece, out of which only 227 are inhabited Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece, with a height of 2,919 mt. It is believed to have served as the home of the Gods in the ancient Greek religion The first modern Olympic games were held in Athens in the year 1896

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Latitude and Longitude 38º 30' N, 21º 30' E
Area 132000 km2
Capital Athens
Time Zone UTC+2
Official Name Hellenic Republic
Currency Euro (EUR)
Government Republic
Legislature Unicameral
Population 10722816
Independence Date 02/03/30
International Dialing Code 30
ISO Code alpha-3 GR
ISO Code alpha-2 GRC
GDP per Capita (PPP) $30,600.00
Climate Type Mediterranean and Temperate
Major Language(s) English, French, Greek (official)
Major Ethnic Groups Greek
Major Religious Groups Christian (Greek Orthodox), Muslim
Administrative Divisions 13 Peripheries
Neighbouring Countries Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Turkey
Major Industries Mining, Shipping, Food processing, Metal works, Chemical, Textile, Tourism
Natural Resources Bauxite, Lead, Lignite, Magnesite, Nickel, Oil