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12 facts you should know about Greece

Greece is much more than just stunning beaches –


by Ghadi Khalil

12 Facts About Greece 

1. Greece has another name

Greece’s official name is the Hellenic Republic, which is an ancient Greek term used before the Byzantine period when Roman emperors renamed the Hellenes’ Graecus’ from ‘Graecia’. Hellenes call their country Hellas, an ancient term, and it is now officially referred to as the Republic.

2. The capital of Greece is named after the Goddess Athena

Athena Greece Goddess

Athena and Poseidon were two gods of wisdom and warfare in Greek mythology. Athena was chosen by the Greeks to be the Patron of Athens, and both gods offered a gift of olive tree as a reward. The olive tree was chosen as it could provide oil, food, and wood.

3. Greek structures are earthquake-resistant and of excellent quality


Greece is prone to earthquakes due to its location at the boundary of the Africa-Eurasia convergence, with moderate or minor magnitude earthquakes occurring on average every 2-3 days. Most of these earthquakes are shallow and no historical information is provided for the extensive migration of populations and obliteration of civilizations. Greek earthquakes are relatively mild compared to other more active parts of the world, and current Greek structures are designed to be earthquake-resistant and of excellent quality. Greece is a generally secure place to live.


4. Greece is made up of thousands of islands

Greece Islands

You have probably heard of Santorini, Mykonos, and Crete. But did you know that Greece has many more islands? Greece is believed to have up to 6,000 islands and islets, with just around 200 of them inhabited.


5. 80% of Greece is made up of mountains


When you think about Greece, you probably see sandy beaches, azure water, whitewashed buildings, and blue domes. One of the most astonishing facts about Greece is that the mountains cover the bulk of the nation, and it is one of the most mountainous nations in Europe, with mountains surrounding 80% of the land. Include a decent pair of walking shoes!

6. No part of Greece is more than 137 kilometers away from the ocean


Greece may have 80% mountains, but if you associate a beautiful Mediterranean coastline with Greece, you are also right! Greece has an impressive coastline of 16,000 kilometers, making it the 10th longest coastline in the world.

In addition,   the country is at most 137 kilometers from the ocean, and that’s a lot of water!

7. Greece has a diverse array of wildlife


Greece is home to some of the world’s most unusual creatures, including seals, turtles, frogs, lizards, snakes, fish, butterflies, mice, and even the Kri-kri. There are 240 bird species, and over 100,000 birds and hundreds of species migrate to Greece’s wetlands each year.


8. More tourists visit Greece every year than the entire Greek population


Greece is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, receiving 17 million tourists each year, nearly double its population. Tourism accounts for over 20% of Greece’s GDP, one of the highest percentages of any industrialized country. Check this out ! 

9. Greece is the third-largest producer of olives


Greece is the world’s third-largest producer of olives, producing 2.2 million metric tons annually from 120 million trees. It also produces more olive types than any other country, and some olive trees established in the 13th century still give fruit today.


10. Athens has more theaters than any other city in the world

They say the world is a theater, which surely applies to Athens!

The city boasts the most theatrical stages in the world, with 148 outnumbering London’s West End and New York’s Broadway. Athens has this honor because it is the birthplace of acting and theater.

11. Greece has more archaeological museums than any country in the world


Greece has the global record for the most archaeological museums, with over 110. 

The Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, the ancient sites of Delphi, and Olympia house are some of the world’s most significant and spectacular collections of Greek antiquities.

12.  Greece is one of the sunniest places in the world

One of our favorite statistics about Greece is that it is one of the sunniest countries in the world, with over 250 bright days – or 3,000 hours of sunshine – every year, and some islands receive over 300 days of sunlight every year. 

So, can you still think of a better location to own a property?

Greece is more than a country, it’s a real experience.

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