FASCINATING FRIDAY FACTS – GREECE

While browsing various internet sites, I came across this site of interesting facts and thought I would share some information about Greece with you……

About 7% of all the marble produced in the world comes from Greece.

Greece has more international airports than most countries because so many foreign tourists want to visit.

The world’s third leading producer of olives, the Greeks have cultivated olive trees since ancient times. Some olive trees planted in the thirteenth century are still producing olives.

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Olive trees on Paxos

Greece is the leading producer of sea sponges.

According to Greek mythology, Athena and Poseidon agreed that whoever gave the city the best gift would become guardian over the city. Though Poseidon gave the gift of water, Athena’s gift of an olive tree was deemed by the other gods to be more valuable.

Greece has no navigable rivers because of the mountainous terrain. Nearly 80% of Greece is mountainous.

Greece has more than 2,000 islands, of which approximately 170 are populated. Greece’s largest island is Crete (3,189 sq. miles) (8,260 sq. km.).

Over 40% of the population lives in the capital Athens (Athina in Greek). Since becoming the capital of modern Greece, its population has risen from 10,000 in 1834 to 3.6 million in 2001.

Greece enjoys more than 250 days of sunshine—or 3,000 sunny hours—a year.

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Emerald Bay, Paxos

Currently, Greek men must serve from one year to 18 months in any branch of the armed forces.

No point in Greece is more than 85 miles (137 kilometers) from water. Greece has about 9,000 miles of coastline, the 10th longest in the world.

Voting in Greek elections is required by law for every citizen who is 18 or older.

The British poet Lord Byron (1788-1824) was so enamored with the Greeks that he traveled to Greece to fight against the Turks in the Greek War of Independence. He contracted a fever there and died at the age of 36. The Greeks consider him a national hero.

 

 

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