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Greece
EU Member since 1979
Other Memberships NATO, Eurozone, Bologna Process, Schengen Area, OECD
Currency € (EURO)
Capital Athens
Area 131,957 sq km
Population 10,772,967 (July 2013 est.)
Language Greek
Religion Greek Orthodox (official) 98%, Muslim 1.3%, other 0.7%
GDP $ 25,629 (2011)
GNI $ 25,110 (2011)
SGI N/A
CPI 36 out of 100 (2011)
Architecture Doric, Ionic, Corhinthian
Literature Homer, Sappho, Pindar, Dionysios Solomos, Adamantios Korais, Rigas Feraios, George Seferis, Odysseas Elytis, Nikos Kazantzakis
Music Paraloghes songs, Kantadhes serenades, Rebetiko, Laïkó; Manolis Kalomiris, Iannis Xenakis, Mikis Theodorakis, Maria Callas, Demis Roussos, Anna Vissi, Elena Paparizou
Painting Nikolaos Gysis, Konstantinos Volanakis, El Greco (Doménikos Theotokópoulos)
Philosophy Pythagoras, Heraclitus,Socrates, Plato, Aristotle
Cuisine Moussaka, Souvlaki, Spanakopita, Skordalia (mixed nuts and oil spread), Tzatziki, Dolmades (stuffed vine leaves), pasteli (sesame candy bar), Horiatiki ("Greek" salad), Feta cheese. Delicacies: Taramosalata (caviar spread), Baklava, Greek coffee, Kokoretsi (lamb organ rotisserie), Splinantero (spleen sausage), Pastitsio (dessert cake), Saganaki (fried Greek chese)
Drinks Ouzo, Metaxa, Wine
Consumption 10.75 equivalent litres of pure ethyl alcohol per capita per year (WHO, 2005)
Sports Olympic games, soccer, basketball
europoint On Greece
24 May 2014

AthensThe Acropolis in Athens source: © EU 2013

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