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Capital: Athens.
Area: 131,957 sq km (50,949 sq ml).
Currency: 1 Drachma = 100 Lepta.
Religions: Greeks Orthodox 97.6% Others 2.4%.
Ethnic Groups: Greek 95.5% Macedonian 1.5% Others 3%.
Languages: Greek.

 
A maritime, largely mountainous country in south-east Europe, bounded by Albania, Macedonia, and Bulgaria to the north, and by Turkey to the east. The many islands round its long coastline include Corfu, Crete, the Cyclades and the Sporades. The peninsula is bounded bt the Ionian, Mediterranean, and Agean Sea's.

Thrace in the north-east is mainly low-lying, as are the river deltas of Macedonia. Most of the mainland, however, is a peninsula of mountain, the highest being Olympus. These continue southward beyond the Gulf of Corinth and its isthmus and on to the high Peloponnese peninsula. In winter the northern plateaux are cold and suitable only for sheep grazing, One third of the country can be cultivated: in areas where the climate is truly mediterranean, crops include tobacco, tomatoes and vines. 

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