Greece is located in southeast Europe, close to both Africa and Asia.
In 2011 the population of Greece was around 11 million.
The capital and largest city in Greece is Athens. Other major cities include Thessaloniki, Patras and Heraklion.
Around two thirds of the Greek population live in urban areas.
Greek is the official language spoken in Greece.
Greece is a member of the European Union and uses the Euro as its currency.
Greece is a developed country with a high standard of living. Important industries include the service sector, agriculture and tourism.
Greece is a popular tourist destination and home to over a dozen World Heritage Sites.
Greece features thousands of islands, including destinations such as Santorini and Mykonos.
Greece is one of the most mountainous countries in Europe.
The highest mountain in Greece is Mount Olympus, it has over 50 peaks with the highest reaching 2917 metres (9570 feet).
Ancient Greece is said to have laid the foundation for Western civilization, having a large influence on the Roman Empire and European culture.
The Olympic Games originated in Ancient Greece.
Athens most recently hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 2004.
For more information, check out maps of Greece or take a closer look at the Greek flag.
The highest mountain in Greece is Mount Olympus (9,754 ft.), seat of the gods of Greek mythology. Mount Parnassus (7,066 ft.) has on its lower slope the ancient site of Delphi, once dedicated to the god Apollo and famous for its oracle.
The largest city and capital of Greece is Athens, with a population of over three million.
How big is Greece?
Greece has a total area of 131.957 square kilometers (50,502 square miles). This includes 1,140 square kilometers of water and 130,800 square kilometers of land.
What is the flag of Greece like?
The National Flag of Greece consists of four white and five blue alternating