Flag of the Week: Greece

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Clara Bonzi Teixeira
Greece Infographics, see the text below for details


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Greece is the southernmost of the countries of the Balkan Peninsula.

Symbols on the Flag: [image of Greek flag]

White cross symbolizes Greek Orthodoxy, the established religion of Greece.
The nine stripes represent the nine syllables of the phrase Ελευθερία ή Θάνατος ("Freedom or Death").

Fast Facts:

  • Area: 50,949 mi2

  • Population: 10,702,000

  • Capital: Athens

  • Language: Greek

  • Religion: Green Orthodox

  • Currency: Euro


[image of Athens, the Greek capital]
Because of its unique location, Greece is considered European, Balkan, Mediterranean, and Near Eastern all at once. About a third of Greece's population lives either in Athens or in the areas adjacent to Athens, but Greece is also home to over 2,000 islands.

Famous Figures:
[image of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis]
Kyriakos Mitsotakis is the incumbent prime minister of Greece.

[image of statue of Socrates]
Socrates lived in Athens in the 5th century BCE, and is considered the founder of Western philosophy.

Food & Culture:
[image of baklava]
Greek food reflects centuries of Turkish rule, like baklava, one of its most famous desserts.

[image of Greek churches]
Religion plays a large role in Greek culture, with nearly all of the population being a part of the Church of Greece. Greece has a small Muslim population as well.

Source: Britannica Encyclopedia and National Geographic