What Are Some Interesting Facts About Greece?


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All Greek must serve at least one year in the Greek military, and all Greeks over the age of 18 must vote in elections. Greece has the 10th longest coastline in the world, and no point in Greece is more than 85 miles from some body of water. Much of this coastline comes from islands, of which Greece contains more than 2,000, though less than 200 are inhabited.

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The first Olympic games took place in Olympia, Greece, in 776 B.C. Ancient Olympia was also a center of religion and contained many temples in which Ancient Greeks worshipped. The games took place in Olympia for nearly 1,200 years. These early Olympic athletes participated in foot races, wrestling, horse races, boxing and the pentathlon, which included races, discus and javelin throwing competitions.

The Greek language has had a profound impact on the English language, with thousands of English words containing Greek roots. Many of these words are related to science, such as psychology or gynecology, while others are common words, such as marathon or academy.

As of 2014, Greece has a population of over 11 million people, and approximately 40 percent of those people live in the capital, Athens. Greece is an extremely popular tourist destination, and each year, Greece has more visitors than it has citizens.

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