The national animal of Greece is the dolphin, which is associated with the Greek god Delphinus. Greece's national bird is the mythical phoenix; its national flower is the violet; and the national tree is the olive tree.Continue Reading
Greece's coat of arms features a blue background that has a white cross emblazoned in the center, and two laurel branches surrounds the cross. Similarly, the Greek flag contains the colors blue and white that represent the sea surrounding Greece. This flag design became official in 1978. The national anthem contains 158 verses.
Another interesting fact about Greece is that the first Olympic Games were held in Olympia in 776 B.C. The country also produced some of the greatest mathematicians, such as Diocles and Pythagoras.Learn more about Greece
In Greece, the main religion is Greek Orthodox. Though the Greek government keeps no official religion statistics, the United Stated estimates that this branch of Christianity accounts for around 98 percent of Greek residents.Full Answer >
The Haliacmon is the longest river in Greece, running approximately 200 miles through the country. This river formed Lake Kastoria and continues to feed it. The Haliacmon is also known as the Aliakmon or the Aliakmonas River.Full Answer >
Crops that grow in Greece include tomatoes, wheat, corn, sugar beets, pistachios, oranges, olive oil, peaches, nectarines, barley, apples, cotton, rice, figs, almonds, watermelons and tobacco. Greece was the largest producer of cotton and pistachios in the European Union as of 2010 and was the second-largest producer of rice and olives.Full Answer >
The major landforms of Greece are islands, hills, mountains and volcanoes. Almost 1,500 islands belong to Greece, some of which contain extinct and inactive volcanoes.Full Answer >