Greece is one of the most visited countries in Europe, yet remains one of the least known. Although most visitors will be familiar with the images of Ancient Greece, the Modern Greek state dates only from 1830. Situated at a geographical crossroads, Greece combines cultural elements of the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean.
|Capital (and largest city):||Athens|
|EU accession:||1 January 1981|
|Currency:||euro (EUR) | 1EUR = 0.93GBP (last updated on 12. March 2009)|
|Area:||131,990 km² | 50,944 sq mi|
|Climate:||temperate; mild, wet winters; hot, dry summers|
|Terrain:||mostly mountains with ranges extending into the sea as peninsulas or chains of islands|