Fascinating, Fun, Unknown Facts About Greece- The Country Fun Fact Friday Series
We enjoyed a short-lived vacation in beautiful Greece in which we got very lost and confused and make the drastic shift to COME HOME NOW. Greece was fun itself, but we were ready to not be on the road any more. We booked our first place through lowcostholidays.com where we had won the Best International Blogger Award thanks to our crazy friends voting tons.
So, this week, we bring you country facts that are super fun about a little corner of the globe which we actually got to swim in her seas, eat her food, and laugh with her people.
1. Due to the fact that there so many foreign tourists wanting to visit Greece, it has become one of the countries with the most international airports in the world. And after a volcanic erruption, in the island of Santorini is believed to be the place where the “Lost City of Atlantis” was found.
2. Do you know that some of the olive trees planted in the 13th century of ancient Greece are still producing olives until these days? The country has become one of the top producers of olives since ancient times.
3. Ethnic Greeks form 98% of the Greece’s population and the largest minority group is the Turks. Other minorities include Albanians, Armenians, Bulgarians, gypsies and Macedonians.
4. English words like “apology”, “academy”, “alphabet”, “siren” and “typhoon” and thousands other come from the Greek language. Sometimes they also derived from adaptation of Roman language into Latin before English.
5. Unlike the modern Greece, the ancient Greece was actually not a single country made up of 1,500 different poleis (city-states) with each of it has its own laws and army, although they’re often rivaling against each other. Athens was the largest polis in ancient time.
6. In Europe, the highest smoking rates belong to Greece and it came in third when the question “Do you believe in God?” was asked with 83% of the population saying “Yes”. It also boasts the title of being the only country that is officially Orthodox Christian.
7. Most of the Greek structures like church domes, furniture, windowsills and doors are painted in turquiose blue, especially in the Cyclades Islands. This is because of the ancient belief of the Greek which said that blue color can cast evil away.
8. One of the oldest language in Europe is none other than the Greek which is being spoken for over 3,000 years. Other than that, the Greeks wave with closed fists because waving with an open hand is considered an insult.
9. Finding a job in Greece is pretty hard with at least 10% of the adults remain unemployed even with a college education. For those work, they would get at least one month of paid vacation every year.
10. The oldest currency in Europe is the Greece’s “drachma” which was 2,650 years old. Euro currency replaced the “drachma” in 2002.
11. Boasting the 10th longest coastline in the world with 9,000 miles long, Greeks have also been known to love the sea dearly throughout the history. It has become one of the largest fleets in the world with more than 1,800 merchant ships in service. Among the better-known Greek shipping businessmen are Stavros Niarchos and Aristotle Onassis.
My friend Cacinda from PointsandTravel.com wrote a great post about Athens I wanted to share with you loves. Enjoy!
If you looooooved this, you will really enjoy other cool ones in the series including:
Fun, Fascinating, Cool, Interesting, Unknown Facts about Ireland
Fun, Fascinating, Cool, Interesting, Unknown Facts about Canary Islands
Fun, Fascinating, Cool Interesting, Unknown Facts about Korea
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