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  1. 1. GREECE By Nicolas Kilbourne
  2. 2. What Greece’s Flag Stands For <ul><li>The cross represents the Greek Orthodox faith. </li></ul><ul><li>Blue stands for the sea and sky, which are also associated with both the pagan goddess Aphrodite and with the Christian mother of God, the Virgin Mary. The shade has varied over the years. </li></ul><ul><li>White symbolizes purity. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Greece’s Map
  4. 4. Greece’s Physical Characteristics <ul><li>1.) Greece is on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula. </li></ul><ul><li>2.) Mount Olympus is the largest mountain in Greece (9570 ft). </li></ul><ul><li>3.) Greece is home to a series of ancient volcanoes. Most are on islands, and the latest eruption occurred in 1950, on the island of Santorini. </li></ul><ul><li>4.) Greece has 3,000 islands but only 140 are inhabited. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Facts <ul><li>Society </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Population-10,787,690 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Life expectancy-78 years (M: 76/F: 81years) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Economy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>developed capitalist country ranking 31 st world wide in gross domestic product. However, Greece is in debt and in bad economic trouble. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most people work in service industries or in manufacturing. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Currency- Greece is a member of the European Union and uses the Euro. It is in debt and economic trouble. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul><ul><ul><li>republic with a legislative body called parliament and a president </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Official Name-Hellenic Republic </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Greece’s Culture <ul><li>Most of Greece—97 percent—is Christian Orthodox. The other three percent are Muslim, Roman Catholic, and Jewish. </li></ul><ul><li>Greece's official language is Greek, with 2 or 3 percent speaking Macedonian, Albanian, or Turkish. </li></ul><ul><li>Greek literature includes poetry, myths, drama, philosophy, history, and travel books. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Greece’s Customs and Traditions <ul><li>1.) Some Greeks believe that spitting chases the devil and misfortune away. That is why when someone talks about bad news, the others slightly spit, saying three times “ftou, ftou, ftou.” </li></ul><ul><li>2.) In Greece the unlucky day is Tuesday the 13th and not Friday the 13th. </li></ul><ul><li>3.) Most Greeks are named after a religious saint. A very important Greek tradition that takes place is that everyone who has a name coming from a saint celebrated by the church celebrates his name on a given day of the year. On the name day of someone, his friends and family visit him without invitation and offer their wishes as well as small presents. The hostess of the house offers pastries, sweets, and hors d’oeuvres to the guests. In Greece, name days are more important than birthdays. </li></ul>
  8. 8. My Favorite Greek Food: Dolmades <ul><li>Mix onions, ground beef, lemon, minestra, fresh mint and dill weed, lemon, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Wash grape leaves </li></ul><ul><li>Flatten the grape leaf on a plate </li></ul><ul><li>Fill with some of the mixture </li></ul><ul><li>Turn in the ends and roll </li></ul><ul><li>Cook in a large pot with the juice from the grape leaves. </li></ul>