Eleven exciting facts about Greece….
1. The Greek flag includes nine blue-and-white horizontal stripes, which some scholars say stand for the nine syllables of the Greek motto “Eleftheria i Thanatos” or “Freedom or Death.” Blue represents Greece’s sea and sky, while white stands for the purity of the struggle of freedom. In the upper left-hand corner is the traditional Greek Orthodox cross.
2. Greece is the leading producer of sea sponges in the world. The vast majority come from the island of Kalymnos.
3. Greece contributes to around 7% of total marble produced all over the world.
4. There are no retirement homes in Greece as the Grandparents here usually live with their children.
5. Greece has no navigable rivers, as 80% of the country is covered with mountains.
6. Each year, there are more than 250 days of sunshine in Greece.
7. The national cheese of Greece is Feta (made from goat’s milk)
8. More than 40% of the total population of Greece resides in Athens, the capital city.
9. Many Greek structures such as doors, windowsills, furniture, and church domes are painted a turquoise blue, especially in the Cyclades Islands. It is used because of an ancient belief that this shade of blue keeps evil away. They called the color kyanos, from which the words “cyan” and “cyanide” are derived.
10. Greece has around 170 populated islands out of a total of more than 2000.
11. Greece’s official name is the Hellenic Republic. It is also known as Ellas or Ellada.