Greece Destination Guide & Country Overview

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Updated: 2018-05-13.

Hellenic Republic | Ελληνική Δημοκρατία

Greece is an island in southeastern Europe, at the end of the Balkan Peninsula. With several thousand islands spreading out to its south, it borders Albania, Macedonia, and Bulgaria to its north, as well as Turkey to its east.

Thanks to the bountiful frontage which those aforementioned islands provide, Greece ranks at a surprisingly high 11th in the world for coastline real estate (though it ranks right at the middle in terms of area).

Greece was a founding member of the United Nations and an early member of the European Union; however, it remains most famous still as being the birthplace of democracy. It is also a part of the borderless Schengen Area.