Greece is a country located in South-Eastern Europe, at the meeting point of 3 continents – Europe, Asia & Africa. It borders Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania & Turkey to the North, Mediterranean Sea to the South, Ionian Sea to the West & the Aegean Sea to the East. It consists of 3 main geographical areas :
- A peninsular mainland
- The Peloponnese Peninsula, separated from the mainland by the canal of Corinth Isthmus, and
- Around 6000 islands & islets, scattered in the Aegean & Ionian Sea
80% of the country consists of mountains & hills.
Greece is a truly unique location. Despite its small size, the country enjoys a particularly pristine and diverse natural environment that offers everything from scenic island getaways to cozy mountain retreats. The country’s stunning topography provides the backdrop for an unequalled array of recreational opportunities. And of course, the Mediterranean diet which is a global brand & the globally celebrated wines. There is nowhere on earth better suited for healthy, wholesome eating than Greece. All this combined with a spirited lifestyle, that blends the Mediterranean’s ancient and modern culture, makes Greece a simply extraordinary place to be—and a wonderful place to call home.
Greece has an ancient culture that has had a significant influence on the arts, language, philosophy, politics, and sports of western society, including the genres of comedy and drama, western alphabets, platonic ideals and the Socratic method, democracies and republics, and the Olympics. As the birthplace of Western civilization, Greece’s cultural legacy lives on in the modern Greek society. Its rich historical legacy is reflected by its 18 UNESCO World Heritage sites, amongst the most in the world.
With 300+ days of sunshine per year, the climate in Greece makes living in this Mediterranean destination a year-round joy. Greece primarily has a Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures and a limited amount of rainfall.
Greece is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, ranking in the world’s top 20 countries. According to World Tourism Organization, the country received about 30.2 million visitors in 2017, a large number for a small country of 11 million. Tourism has been a key element of economic activity in the country and one of the country’s most important sectors, contributing 27.3% of the GDP. Visitors are drawn to the country’s beaches and reliable sunny summer weather, its nightlife, historical sites and natural beauty.
Greece offers a wide variety of international educational options for expatriates, from pre-schools to universities—especially for students seeking studies in English, French, and German. Many high schools offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and have a good track record in placing students in prestigious universities, both in Greece and abroad.
At the same time, many international universities offer unique educational programs in Greece for undergraduates and graduates alike.
Health Care :
Greece has universal health care. Health care is free and universal for all citizens, as well as for all EU nationals. For non-EU nationals, only emergency care is provided for free. Healthcare is provided by the National Healthcare Service & by the private sector. Many citizens prefer private healthcare for long-term hospital stays. The healthcare infrastructure is very modern & consists of highly skilled physicians & specialists. Greece has the largest number of doctors-to-population ratio of any OECD country.
Air Travel to Greece
The most important entry point by air into Greece is the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in Athens. The Makedonia International Airport in Thessaloniki is the other Greek airport that serves international flights from certain foreign countries. Many of the larger islands and Greek cities also have domestic airports.
Greece is a Member State of the European Union and ratified the Schengen Treaty in 1997. Citizens of EU States and other countries that have ratified the Schengen Treaty have the right to travel freely in Greece and the rest of Schengen Area on presentation of their ID card or passport.