Country Profile - Greece

Name: The Hellenic Republic of Greece

Location: Southeast Europe

Time: IST (-) 3 1/2 hrs

Capital: Athens

Language: Greek (official) 99%, other (includes English and French) 1%

Area: 131,957 sq kms

Population: 10,760,136 (July 2011 est.)

National Day: 25 Mar (Independence Day)

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Climate: Greece has a warm Mediterranean climate. In summer, dry hot days are often relieved by stiff breezes, especially in the north and coastal areas. Athens can be stiflingly hot, so visitors should allow time to acclimatise. The evenings are cool. Winters are mild in the south but much colder in the north. November to March is the rainy season.

Holidays: 1 Jan New Year's Day. 6 Jan Epiphany. 25 Mar Independence Day. 25 Dec Christmas Day. 26 Dec Boxing Day.

Airline Name: Olympic Airways (OA)

International Airports: Athinai (Athens), Crete (Heraklion), Micra (Thessaloniki), Kerkira (Corfu), Paradisi (Rhodes)