Everything you need to know about Greece: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more
In the year 1829, Greece gained its independence from the rule of Ottoman Empire and during the late 19 th century it added the nearby territories to its own area. During the World War II, it again got invaded by Italy followed by Germany facing a civil war between the Communists and the king's supporters. And subsequently in the year 1952, it joined NATO. Greece had also faced military dictatorship in 1967 during which the King of Greece was forced to leave the country. Then in 1974, the elections were held to set up a democracy and hence the rule of monarchy got absolved. And in 1981, it joined the EU.
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Greece Geography, Climate and Economy :
Almost 80% of the Greece Terrain comprises of mountainous ranges. Mostly the mountains stretch into the sea forming peninsulas or a chain of islands. The Pindus chain of mountains extends across the Peloponnese and then onto the Aegean Sea. The central and west part of Greece contains high and steep peaks separated by canyons and Karstic landscapes. The Vikos Gorges is the world's largest and second deepest which is around 1100m deep. The lowest point of Greece is located in Mediterranean Sea at 0m and the highest at Mt. Olympus at 2,917m.
The Climate of Greece is Mediterranean characterized by mild temperatures and limited rainfall. The geographical features having rugged mountains causes variations in the climate. The summers are dry and hot moderated by the seasonal winds called meltemi. The winters are mild and wet and the mountains generally remain snow covered during this time.
The economy of Greece is a capitalist one. Tourism sector accounts to 15% of the GDP while the public sector accounts to 40% of the GDP. The natural resources include lignite, petroleum, magnesite, marble, zinc, hydropower, iron ore and bauxite.
Culture and Cuisine of Greece:
The Greek culture incorporates the traditions, religion, music, cuisine, language and the literature. It comprises an amalgam of East and West cultural influences of Asia and Europe. The Greeks are proud upholders of their culture and believe that it gives a national and ethnic belonging to them. Moreover, Iliad and Odyssey are the primary instances of the Greek literature.
The cuisine of Greece comprises of some succulent soups, exotic wines and different types of salads like Horiatiki Salata. Some of the popular dishes include Keftedakia, Moussaka, Paidakia, Kokoretsi and many others. There are a variety of soups like Kotossoupa, Fakies, Fassolada, Psarossoupa and Mayiritsa.
Tourist Sites in Greece:
Greece has a number of tourist sites to be ventured. Athens, its capital city has some of the significant historical sites and medieval edifices. It comprises of Acropolis, the Syntagma Square and the well known museums like Benaki and the National Archaeological Museum. Besides this, one may visit the Monasteries of Meteora. Greece has around 11 wetland areas where one can do bird watching particularly at Nestos Delta and Prespa Lakes.
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