|Welcome to Greece|
The Greek flag
It is composed of 5 stripes which symbolize the five seas (the Mediterranean, the Ionian, the Dodecanese, the Aegean, and the Thracian Seas).
The Hellenic Republic (Elliniki Dimokratia) has a total surface area of 131,000 km2. It has a population of 10.6 million inhabitants of which almost half live in Athens, the capital. The language spoken in Greece is Greek (surprisingly!), but the Greeks are so gifted for languages that it is not unusual to find people who speak English, French and German.
The political regime
Greece is a parliamentary pluralistic republic. Voting is compulsory in Greece and failure to do so is sanctioned by the loss of passport and driving license. There are two national holidays :
There are two national holidays
25 March is Independence Day and celebrates the successful rebellion and subsequent independence from the Turks in 1821;
28 October is known as Ochi Day (after the saint of that day) and commemorates the day in 1940 when the Prime Minister said no to the entry of Mussolini’s troops. The day is marked by processions of school children, students and the Greek Armed Forces.
Their motto : Liberty or death. My strength lies in the love of my people.
Some famous Greek musicians : Manos Hatzidakis, Mikis Theodorakis, Yannis Xenakis.
Hippocrates was the greatest physician in Ancient Greece. He founded a school of medicine on the island of Kos and devised the Hippocratic Oath, a charter of moral guidelines which doctors swear to follow.
Some famous poets : Homer, Sophocles, Sappho.
A famous millionaire : Aristote Onassis
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