Physical Characteristics: Surrounded by water on three sides Approximately 2000 barrier islands Mountainous terrain as well as white sandy coastline- Mount Olympus rises 9,750 feet Many active volcanoes
Government Current constitution describes country as "presidential parliamentary republic” Prime Minister is Head of State – currently held by George Papandreou Legislative power is vested in government and the Hellenic Parliament
Ancient Culture/HistoryThe Parthenon In the archaic period Greece was made of independent states, called polis, or city states. The polis of Athens included 2500 sq km of territory. Others polis territories were only 250 sq km. Society was broken into free people and slaves
Modern Culture/Industry Greece has a diverse culture influenced by both eastern and western cultures of the world Athens, the capital city, inhabits 1/3 of the countries population totaling 10.5 million people The shipping industry holds one of the world’s largest fleets
Facts about the Greek people Religion is primarily Greek Orthodox at 98% of population, Muslims 1.3%, other .07% Life expectancy Male 75.66yrs/Female 81.81yrs Labor force 1.4 million Main line telephones approx. 5million/Cell phones 8 million.
Fact about the Greek Economy Exports totaling approximately 5.5 billion Imports totaling approximately 54.28 billion Natural resources include: petroleum, iron ore, bauxite, lead, and zinc GDP 21,300 per capita
Conclusion Greece has an ancient history dating back to 800 b.c. making it a tourist attraction for the world. The countries location in the Mediterranean Sea provides a strategic economic location for its population The strong history and economic potential provides Greece the ability to be a great country.