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Interesting Facts About Greece

  • Approximately 16.5 million tourists visit Greece each year, more than the country’s entire population.
  • No one in Greece can choose to not vote. Voting is required by law for every citizen who is 18 or older.
  • Greece has more international airports than most countries because so many foreign tourists want to visit.
  • About 7% of all the marble produced in the world comes from Greece.
  • About 12 million people around the world speak Greek. They live mostly in Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Albania, Turkey, the United States, among other countries.
  • Greece has more than 2,000 islands, of which approximately 170 are populated. Greece’s largest island is Crete (3,189 sq. miles) (8,260 sq. km.).
  • Greece is the leading producer of sea sponges.
  • Greece has more archaeological museums than any other country in the world.
  • Greek has been spoken for more than 3,000 years, making it one of the oldest languages in Europe.
  • Greek workers get at least one month of paid vacation every year.
  • The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.

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