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Basic facts about Greece

Size: 132,000 square miles

Highest point: Mt. Olympus, 2,900m

Population: 10,600,000 in 2006

Time zone: Two hours east of GMT

Largest cities: (in 2005) Athens 730,000 (city only). Thessaloniki 355,000, Piraeus 173,000, Patras 164,000

Athens metro population: 3,700,000

Name: Hellenic Republic (Elliniki Dhimokratia)

Independence: 1829

Independence day observed: March 25

Capital: Athens

Government: Parliamentary democracy with President as head of state and Prime Minister as head of government.

Parliament: 300 members; term is a maximum of 4 years.

Last modified 3/3/06. © 2007 John P. Nordin