Alt namesEllassource: Times Atlas of World History (1993) p 344
Elliniki Dhimokratiasource: CIA, World Fact Book (1995)
Elliniki Dimokratiasource: Cambridge World Gazetteer (1990) p 239-241
Ellinikí Dimokratíasource: Britannica Book of the Year (1990) p 621 ff.; Britannica Book of the Year (1993) p 615
Ellinikí Dimokratíasource: Wikipedia
Ellássource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Greciasource: Cassell's Italian Dictionary (1983) p 233; Cassell's Spanish Dictionary (1978)
Griechenlandsource: Cassell's German Dictionary (1982) p 278
Griekenlandsource: Engels Woordenboek (1987) II, 286
Grècesource: UN Terminology Bulletin (1993) p 54
Gréciasource: Novo Dicionário Aurélio (1975) p 701
Hellassource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984); Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) p 462-463
Hellenic Republicsource: Wikipedia
Kingdom of Greecesource: CIA, World Fact Book (1995)
Coordinates39°N 22°E
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic and known since ancient times as Hellas, is a country in Southern Europe. According to the 2011 census, Greece's population is around 11 million. Athens is the nation's capital and largest city.

Greece is strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Western Asia, and Africa, and shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, the Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north and Turkey to the northeast. The country consists of nine geographic regions: Macedonia, Central Greece, the Peloponnese, Thessaly, Epirus, the Aegean Islands (including the Dodecanese and Cyclades), Thrace, Crete, and the Ionian Islands. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of the mainland, the Ionian Sea to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece has the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Basin and the 11th longest coastline in the world at in length, featuring a vast number of islands (approximately 1,400, of which 227 are inhabited). Eighty percent of Greece consists of mountains, of which Mount Olympus is the highest, at .

Modern Greece traces its roots to the civilization of Ancient Greece, which is considered the cradle of all Western civilization. As such, it is the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, Western literature and historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, and Western drama, including both tragedy and comedy. The cultural and technological achievements of Greece greatly influenced the world, with many aspects of Greek civilization being imparted to the East through Alexander the Great's campaigns, and to the West through the Roman Empire. This rich legacy is partly reflected in the 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Greece, ranking it 7th in Europe and 13th in the world. The modern Greek state, which comprises much of the historical core of Greek civilization, was established in 1830 following the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire.

Greece is a democratic,[1] developed country with an advanced, high-income economy, a high standard of living and a very high Human Development Index. Greece is a founding member of the United Nations, has been a member of what is now the European Union since 1981 (and the eurozone since 2001), and has been a member of NATO since 1952. Greece's economy is also the largest in the Balkans, where Greece is an important regional investor.


How places in Greece are organized

All places in Greece

Further information on historical place organization in Greece

Research Tips

The Geniko Archio tou Kratos[1] has digitized records from many parts of the country.
Hellenistic Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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