Greece
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MAP


Absolute: 38 00' N, 023 44' E

Relative: Greece is positioned in bothe the northern and the eastern hemisphere and located in the southern region of the european constinent on the far southern edge of the bekin peninsula.
-surrounded by Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey, and by the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, Sea of Crete, Thracian Sea and Mediterranean sea.

Key Cities: The most important of all Greece cities is Athens, the capital of the country, which concentrates more than one third of the population. population





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FLAG
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Discription: The equal-armed cross represents the Greek Orthodox church, the predominant religion of Greece.
The Church played a crucial role in the fight for independence against the Ottomans.

The color BLUE represents the sea which is so important to Greece and such a major portion of its economy.

The White represents the waves on the ocean.

BLUE has also always been a color of protection, seen in the blue eye amulets used to ward off evil,

White is seen as the color of purity.


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PHYSICAL FEATURES
Covering 50,949 square miles (131,957 square kilometers), Greece is just smaller than Alabama
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Major Mountain: Mount Olympus is the highest point in the country, at an elevation of 9,570 feet (2,917 meters).


Climate: An alpine climate is found primarily in Western Greece
A temperate climate is found in Central and Eastern Macedonia as well as cold, damp winters and hot, dry summers.

Major Rivers:




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POPULATION

Total Population: The population of 10.7 Population Density: 212Growth Rate: 0.11 percent annually.
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Major Cities:
The most important of all Greece cities is Athens, the capital of the country, which concentrates more than one third of the population. The second largest city is Thessaloniki on the North and the third is Patra on the south west.

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SOCIOLOGY




Social Stucture: The family is the basis of the social structure.The family offers both financial and emotional support to its members.The extended family is expected to help relatives in times of need, even to the point of assisting them to find employment.Family relationships carry over into business. Nepotism is acceptedThe wrongdoing of one family member brings dishonour to the entire family.

Social Clases:
The upper class
The middle class
The lower class
The slaves


 



CUSTOMS
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Holidays:

Easter is by far the most important holiday, celebrated with special feasts and processions.
1 January as St. Basil's Day
25 March Independence Day
21 May St. Constantine and Helen Celebration
15 August Assumption
28 October Ochi Day
(Ochi Day commemorates the day in 1940 that Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas said Ochi (No) to Hitler, and Greece entered into World War II on the side of the Allies)

Celebration:
common for a couple to live together before or instead of marrying.

Traditions:

Traditions in Greece and Greek Islands are either of a religious character or coming from paganism. Furthermore, most of the traditions and festivals still followed and celebrated today are religious. That is why so many panygiria are organized in the country, which are actually religious celebrations of saints followed by traditional music and dance in the square of the village.




GOVERNMENT
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Type of Government:
Greece is a presidential parliamentary republic


Head of state:
Currently Karolos Papoulias is head of state


Branches of Government:

Council of 500 (chosen by lottery)= executive branch

Assembly of Citizens = legislative branch Jury System = judicial







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ECONOMY
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GDP:
1.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010 over the previous quarter. From 2000 until 2010, Greece's average quarterly GDP Growth was 0.56 percent reaching an historical high of 2.81 percent in March of 2003 and a record low of -1.71 percent in June of 2010. Greece had managed to achieve a fast-growing economy after the implementation of stabilization policies in recent years, at least, prior to the global financial crisis of 2008–2009. Greece has a predominately service economy, which (including tourism) accounts for over 70% of GDP. Greece realigned its economy as part of EU membership that began in 1981.

Major Goods:
Olives & Olive Oil
Honey
Wine
Vinegar
Spices
Herbs
Nuts

Agriculture Produced:
Agriculture now employs around 12 percent of the labor force, producing wine, wheat, corn, wool, cotton, olives, raisins, and tobacco. . In addition to manufactured goods, exports inc
lude food, fuels, and raw materials. Greece has a strong trade partnership with other EU members and is developing ties with eastern European and Black Sea countries.


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CULTURE

Sports:
Are integral part of Greek culture. Sports are considered as the oldest form of entertainment of the country, which was widely played and enjoyed by most of the citizens of Greece. The history of Greece – Sports goes back to the ancient Greek civilization when Ancient Olympics of Delphi was introduced. Even today sports in Greece is popular not only among the natives, but the tourists also take great pleasure in watching as well as participating in these sports. In ancient Greece, the //Olympic Games// that took place every four years were an important part of the religious life of the Greeks. The Olympics were held at the Olympia stadium and was inaugurated with a sacrifice to Zeus, and ancient Greek god. The six major sports that were played during that period were running, pancration, jumping, dispatch race, discus casting and javelin casting. Olympic Games are still considered as one of the major events in Greece and have become an international game. Some of the most popular sports of Greece include tennis, golf, soccer, ice-hockey and various kinds of water-sports.

Clothing:

Greece is famous for its fashion since the ancient times. The traditional Greece fashion and style is unique. It represents the classy choice of the ancient people and the lifestyle they use to lead. Greece is famous all over the world for various reasons. Fashion in Greece is one of these well-known reasons. There are fashion designers around the world who often research on the ancient Greece fashion and get extremely inspired by them. According to the reviews of few internationally famous fashion designers, the ancient style and fashion of Greece gives unique and innovative ideas for new creations.

There were mainly three types of clothing that the people of Greece used in ancient period. The matrials used in making them were:
  • Linen
  • Wool
  • Drapery

Language:

An independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages, is the language of the Greeks
Hobbies/Pastimes:
dancing, olympics (sports), lyre (flute) playing,etc

Literature,Book,Stories:
Always been rich in diversity and quality. The history of the Greek literature goes 2500 years back, when it originated with the Iliad and the Odyssey composed by Homer in the 700 BC. Ancient Greek literature is more profound compared to the modern literature produced in Greece. Greek literature can be classified into epics, poems, plays, historical accounts and philosophical essays. Legal and political speeches, significant in literary value are also considered a part of the Greek literature.

Movies:

  • Risoto, Olga Malea (2000)
  • (To Klama Vgike Apo ton Paradeiso) , Michalis Reppas - Thanassis Papathanasiou (2001)
  • Dekapentaugoustos, Constantine Giannaris (2002)
  • Tassos Boulmetis (2003)
  • Pantelis Voulgaris (2004)
  • Hardcore, Denis Iliadis (2004)
  • (Loufa kai Paralagh: Seirines sto Agaio), (2005)
  • Loukoumades me Meli, Olga Malea (2005)
  • H Chorodia tou Charitona, Grigoris Karantinakis (2005)
  • 5 Lepta akoma, Giannis Xanthopoulos (2006)
  • Omiros, Constantine Giannaris (2005)
  • Kostas Kapakas (2006)
  • Mia Melissa to Augousto, Thodoris Atheridis (2007)
  • Nikos Dimitropoulos (2007

Music:

is in actuality a conglomeration of a wide variety of musical cultures hailing from different European and eastern backgrounds. The Greek music is quite pompous and loud. The Greek music in the recent times have gone through a massive metamorphosis and Greek musicians are gaining huge acclaim due to the artistic creation of fine tunes and songs. Famous musicians like Spyridion Xyndas and Nikolaos Mantzaros are popular all through out the country of Greece for their compositions. Greek music is highly expressive and melodious that is able to convey the language of the hearts. Various music festivals and shows hosted in Greece celebrate the existence of traditional and contemporary Greek music.



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Religion:
Greek religion encompasses the collection of beliefs and rituals practiced in ancient Greece in the form of both popular public religion and cult practices. These different groups varied enough for it to be possible to speak of Greek religions or "cults" in the plural, though most of them shared similarities. Also, the Greek religion extended out of Greece and out to other islands. Many Greek people recognized the major gods and goddesses: Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, Ares, Dionysus, Hephaestus, Athena, Hermes, Demeter, Hestia and Hera though philosophies such as Stoicism and some forms of Platonism used language that seems to posit a transcendent single deity. Different cities often worshipped the same deities, sometimes with epithets that distinguished them and specified their local nature.

An estimated 97 percent of the country's population is Greek Orthodox. The largest non-Orthodox religious groups in Greece are Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim.

Majority: Greeks
Minority:
  • Muslims
  • Slavs
  • Albanians
  • Armenians
  • Bulgarians
  • Jews
  • Vlachs



5 Problems Greece is facing

-Illegal immigration. (many outsiders "sneak" every day with no passports or ID)
-North Cyprus (Turks invaded in at 1974, and now they think they own it's northern side)
-Macedonia (Fyrom-ers claim our Macedonian history and they cannot understand that "Macedonia" is a geographical area name and not a country name)
-North Epirus (Albanians claim this Greek land and history, as "Chameria")
-Money (since "euro" got in our wallets, all prices have increased but not our salary.

5 Answers Greece is facing

- They should check passports befor leaving and when comming back
-They should have a get together with Turk and let them know that, that is not an agreement and to either fight and settle it once and for all.
-Make it clear that , that is not a country name and specify the countries in that "area"
-Make it known for that, that if that area and if they should claim it or not
-Make the Euro a different amount of payment or just swith to american scale.

5 Questins From Greece Prsentation


What do the colors on the flag stand for?
-What event took place every four years?
-What is the money called that rings what class you’re in?
-What is the highest point in the country?
-Which of the key cities contain more than one third of Greece population? why is this place important?

5 Answers From Greece Prsentation
- BLUE represents the sea which is so important to Greece and such a major portion of its economy.The White represents purity the nation try’s to establish
- Olympic Games
-Talents
-Mount Olympus
-Capital , Athens