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International Studies: Greece

While not tied to a specific degree program or course of study, this guide provides resources relevant to the studies of continents and specific regions of the world.

About Greece

Greece, also known as the Hellenic Republic, is located at the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula. Mt. Olympus is its highest peak at 9,570ft. The land area is mostly made up of around 2,000 islands, mainly located in the Aegean Sea. The Aegean Sea is east of the main peninsula, however, other islands of Greece can be found in the Ionian Sea to the west. Weather is more severe in the mountains, where snow can be found during the winter season. However, the low-lying areas of the country have mild and moist winters and sweltering, dry summers.

Farmland and grazing land cover approximately three quarters of Greece. Major crops produced here include barley, grapes to make wine with, dried fruits, olives, potatoes, sugar beets and wheat. Poultry, sheep, goats, pigs and cattle are commonly raised in this country. The tourist industry is extremely vital for Greece's economy and relies on the country's warm climate, beautiful scenes, and ancient historical sites.

Greece has a population of about 10,688,000. The official language is Greek, however many other languages are also spoken. The Greek Orthodox religion accounts for 98% of religions present in the country.

For more information about Greece, please see:

"Greece." Philip's Encyclopedia 2008. London: Philip's, 2008. Credo Reference. 28 Apr. 2008. Web. 29 Feb. 2012. https://libproxy.library.unt.edu/login?qurl=http://www.credoreference.com/entry/philipency/greece

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