Greece Greece is located at the southeastern edge of Europe. It is the southernmost part of the Balkan peninsula and is surrounded around the Mediterranean sea.
<ul><li>According to the latest census (2001) the resident population of the country was 10,934,097 m. By the day of the census, in the country there were found and counted (actual population) 10,164,020. At 2009 it is estimated that the country has 11,262,500 m. inhabitants. </li></ul>Demography
The entire population of Greece lives in the five biggest cities. These are: Athens Thessaloniki Piraeus Patra Heraklion
Tourism A significant aspect of the Greek economy is tourism. In 2004, Greece welcomed 16.4 million tourists. In November 2006, Austria announced that Greece was their favorite destination. In 2007, Greece welcomed more than 19 million tourists and climbed at the top ten tourist destinations of the world. Famous tourist areas of Greece's Ionian islands are Corfu, Zakynthos but also Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Paros and Crete at the Aegean Sea.
<ul><li>Greece has over 2,500 islands, of which approximately 165 are inhabited. The larger and most numerous are: </li></ul>Islands of Greece Crete Evoia Lesbos Rhode Chios
Greece is crossed by two mountain ranges: the Pindus and Rhodope. These give to our country its mountain terrain. The highest mountains of Greece are: Olympus Smolikas Boras Grammos Giona
The longest rivers are : Aliakmonas Aheloos Pineios Evros* Nestos* *Greek section
The largest lakes are: Trichonida Volvi Kremasta lake* Polyphytos lake * Vegoritida * Artificial lakes
Biodiversity in Greece Greece is a country rich in biodiversity. 6,000 species have been recorded of plants (flora) and animals (fauna). But with pesticides, fire, hunting, large artificial works, the habitat has been destroyed, disturbing the ecological balance of many endangered species.
Climate in Greece Greece is characterized by a Mediterranean-type climate which is described by mild and wet winters and hot dry summers. The climate of the country may be divided into four main categories: - humid Mediterranean - dry Mediterranean - Continental - Mountain climate
Sources: google.gr, School atlas of Greece , wikipedia.org . Lioussis Antonis C’2 2010-11