STRANGE FACTS FOR GREECE
Did you know that.....
• On average, about 16.5 million tourists come every year in Greece. This means that visitors outnumber the local population ... of about 10 million.
• About 7 % of all the marble produced in the world comes from Greece.
• Greece is the third country in the world in olive production. Some olive trees planted in 13th century still produce fruit.
• Greece is the first country in the world to trade ... sponges.
• 80 % of its territory is mountainous. The country doesn’t have any navigable river, because of this particular geomorphology.
• Twelve million people in the world speak Greek. Greek language spoken here about 3,000 years, which makes it one of the oldest languages in the world.
• The islands of Greece reaching 2,000 in number, but only 170 of them are inhabited.
• The population of Athens in 1834 was 10,000. Once chosen as the capital of the new Greek state’s population grew at 3 plus million, or approximately 40 % of the Greek population.
• Athens has been continuously inhabited for 7,000 years. This makes it one of the oldest cities in Europe.
• On average, we enjoy 250 days of sunshine per year. This corresponds to 3,000 hours of warm sun annually.
• Ships with Greek flag represent 70 % of the total merchant fleet in Europe. Domestic law requires 75 % of the crew of the ship to have Greek citizenship.
• Greece has more museums than any other country in the world - which of course is not particularly surprising.
• No part of Greece is further from the sea than 137 km. The coastline of the country is the tenth longest in the world.