GREECE

OFFICIAL NAME: Hellenic Republic
CAPITAL: Athens
AREA: 131,957 sq km (50,949 sq mi)
CLIMATE: Mediterranean; mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers
TERRAIN: Mostly mountains with ranges extending into the sea as peninsulas or chains of islands. About a fifth of Greece consists of islands and no part of Greece is more than 85 miles from the sea.
SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT: Parliamentary Republic
CURRENCY: Euro
ESTIMATED POPULATION: 10,815,197 (in 2011)
RELIGION: The official religion is Greek Orthodox Christianity which accounts for 98% of the population.

Greece is the cradle of Western civilization, the origin of drama, history, philosophy, and the birthplace of democracy. It is hard to imagine what civilized life would be like without the influence of ancient Greece, the geometry of Euclides or Pythagoras, the logic of Aristoteles, the unique architectural style which has influenced architects all over the world, or even the fables of Aesop’s known to children around the globe. Let us not forget the Olympic Games, with their spirit of world peace and brotherhood, first conceived and organized by the Greeks and the Greek language which has enriched other languages with so many words and concepts. Greece offers a unique blend of the most beautiful Mediterranean landscapes, overwhelming history, and a people of great hospitality.
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English/Greek Survival Guide

EnglishGreek
CheersYia’sou
Good morningKalime’ra
Good eveningKalispe’ra
Good nightKalini’chta
Thank youEfharisto’
How are youTi Ka’nis
FantasticFantastiko’
PleaseParakalo’
I’m hungryPina’o
HotZe’sto
ColdCri’o
I would likeThe’lo
TelephoneTile’fono
Let’s go eatPa’me na fa’me
Let’s goPa’me
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