Country Spotlight: GREECE







Full name: Hellenic Republic
Capital city: Athens
Population: 10,741,165 (1 January 2018)
GDP in Current prices: USD $218.06 billion (2018)
GDP real growth: 2.0% (2018)
Area: 131,957 km²
Government: Unitary parliamentary republic
President: Prokopis Pavlopoulos
Prime Minister: Alexis Tsipras
Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
HDI: 31st (2018)
Ease of doing business index: 72nd (2018/19)
Time Zone: GMT +2
Dialling code: 30


Greece is one of the oldest countries in Europe and is generally considered to be the cradle of Western civilisation. Situated in Southeast Europe on the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula, the country shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, North Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the northeast. The rest of the mainland is washed by the Aegean Sea to the east, the Mediterranean and the Cretan Sea to the south, and the Ionian Sea to the west.

Greece is a developed country with a very high standard of living and is a member of the European Union and the Eurozone.


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